On Wednesday, August 25th, 2021, the Lord called Pearl R. Johnson, age 95 of Wautoma, to her heavenly home.
She was born February 26, 1926 in Wautoma, the daughter of Herman and Ida (Standke) Grimm. She married Andrew W. “Bill” Johnson on November 24, 1951 in Wautoma. He preceded her in death on October 24, 1996.
After Pearl graduated Wautoma High School in 1944, she attended Milwaukee Business College, which served her well, since in many places of employment in her life, those skills were needed. She was employed at a law office in Milwaukee and later at Wautoma’s DNR office. She also worked for the government in the Selective Service (Draft Board) office. Later, she was employed for 29 years as an executive secretary at Union State Bank in Wautoma, until her retirement.
Pearl was a person who loved adventure. She enjoyed traveling, escaping Wisconsin winter to Marco Island, hooking rugs and attending related conventions in North Dakota for many summers, riding her Moped, working in her yard and trips with her line dancing and clogging group. Pearl went on a trip to Israel where she enjoyed riding a camel. In her late 70’s, she went up in a hot air balloon with good friend Dorothy Prochnow, and the smiles on the pictures say it all.
Pearl was an active member of Hope Lutheran Church in Wautoma, where she belonged to Grace Circle. She faithfully packed boxes for the Orphan Grain Train, sang in the choir for over 50 years, served on the HLCW Women’s Board, volunteered at Heartland House and for years demonstrated the art of making Krumkake at the church’s annual Norwegian Fair. Wherever volunteers were needed, Pearl’s hands were willing.
After the tornado of 1992, Pearl spent weeks volunteering to prepare meals for those affected. Until these last years, she spent many weeks each July preparing for and working at the huge Habitat for Humanity Rummage Sale at the fairgrounds. Her servant heart was truly an inspiration.
The annual WHS Over 50 Years (since graduation) Club found Pearl to be a faithful attendee. She was very proud to represent the class of 1944, and for many years was pictured in the Argus as the oldest attendee.
Pearl touched many lives in her 95 years and she will be deeply missed.
She is survived by three daughters, Carol (Elward) Engle, Wautoma, Pat (Tom) Rose, Wautoma, Marsha Johnson (Tom Wydo), Wautoma, one special exchange student son, Pocholo Azucena, Philippines, one sister, Caroline Pitcher, Wautoma; seven grandchildren, Philip (Tammie) Engle, Mark (Jackie) Engle, Paul (Twyla) Engle, Erica (Lafe) Hendrickson, Jason (Gina) Rose, Jennifer (Dave) Rydzewski, and Luke Everson; great grandchildren, Kaylie Rose, Kirsten Rose, Lauren Rydzewski, Hope Rydzewski, Andrew (Ester) Engle, Jon Engle, Katie Engle, Taylor (Graham) Bullmore, Mark (Haley) Engle, Jesse Engle, Lexie Engle, Alex Hendrickson, McKenna (Rory) Massey; great-great grandchildren, Harper Engle, Andrew Engle, Gabriel Bullmore. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Maria (Ray) Hudziak, Lucille Grimm, infant daughter Grimm; four brothers, Everett (Esther) Grimm, Elver (Kathleen) Grimm, Karel (Virginia) Grimm, Herman Grimm; her brother-in-law Dan Pitcher, and special friend Dale Severns.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 31st at 11:00 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church in Wautoma with Rev. Paul Michael Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in Hope Lutheran Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 31st from 9:30 a.m. to the time of services. The Leikness Funeral Home of Wautoma is assisting the family with arrangements. www.leiknessfuneralhome.com
A special thank you from Pearl’s family to the staff of Heartland House CBRF for their care and compassion for Pearl. Our sincere thanks, as well, for the exceptional care from the SSM Hospice staff.
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