Rosalea Lorraine Johnson
October 16, 1934 – February 3, 2020
Rosalea Lorraine Johnson, 85 passed away February 3, 2020 in her home in Castle Rock, CO surrounded by love after her battle with cancer.
Rosalea was born on October 16, 1934 in Colby, KS, the daughter of Charles and Rosa (Miller) Durham. She went to school in Gem, Kansas, was high school Co-Valedictorian, senior Vice President and played on the boys basketball team. She then went on and attended Business College in Aurora, CO. She worked as a bookkeeper for Coller Real Estate for almost 30 years. Starting in Orlando, FL, later in Bloomington, IN and recently in Castle Rock, CO, to be closer to her daughter Barbara and family. Donald Coller and The Coller Family were a very important part of Rosalea’s life. The family is ever so grateful for all of their generosity and love over the years.
Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were her greatest joy. However, some of Rosalea's most memorable times were spent deep sea fishing with her son Steve, nightly bingo with her Bloomington friends and beating her friends and family in various card games. She enjoyed gardening and making mousse & pickles for her friends and family. She never turned down a good pot of coffee, chocolate of any kind and of course a glass of wine. She also had a wicked sense of humor, which everyone loved her for.
She is survived by her brother Augie (August) Durham, Colby, KS, her children Steve (Connie) Johnson, Viera, FL , Barbara (David) Sullivan, Castle Rock, CO, Ted (Jody) Johnson, Eustin, FL, Christine (Steven) Russel, Mason City, IA., and step-daughter, Linda (Ken) Meister, Lakewood, CO., along with 13 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents, her parents, her five siblings, Clara, Norma, Elta, Ella, Charley, one beloved daughter, Susan and two loved grandsons, Stephen Jr. and David.
We all love and will miss her deeply !! As per Rosalea's wishes, a Celebration of Life will be held in Florida at her favorite deep sea fishing location in March 2020.
- A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.
Rosalea Lorraine Johnson
February 16, 2020
Rosalea was an amazing person. I worked with her for over five years at Coller Real Estate as the accounting manager. We had many lunches together during that time and she had a great sense of humor and story-telling ability. I enjoyed hearing about her bingo winnings on Mondays and she always seemed to come out ahead. She bragged about her family often, and it was well-deserved. She was a great friend and I have missed her laugh for many years.
Kathe Del Vecchio
February 9, 2020
My greatest joy was being with Rosalea the last two weeks before she passed.
I met her about 1 year ago when her daughter Barbara and my daughter, Kristelle invited me to a bingo night.
She was so good. Beat all of us. I could only handle 2 cards. She was playing 5.
I got to know her so much better those last two weeks.
When she could talk, she usually cracked a joke.
And her smile always made me feel good.
I will cherish the memories Rosalea.
Rest in peace beautiful lady.