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Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home

6424 Winchester Road, Fort Wayne, IN

OBITUARY

Kathleen "Kathy" Johnson

July 2, 1947March 25, 2020

Kathleen “Kathy” Doyle Johnson, 72, of Coldwater, Michigan, formerly of Fort Wayne, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at Simon Cancer Center, a division of the IU Health Medical Center, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kathy was born on July 2, 1947, in Ashland, Kentucky, to the late Opal (Hackney) and Rhedrick Elwood Doyle. Kathy moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1958. She attended Southside High School, where she was the school’s social columnist and later graduated in 1965. Kathy attended Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky, and later graduated from Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana, in Early Childhood Education. On April 29, 1972, Kathy married Craig Palmer Johnson, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, formerly Beloit, Wisconsin. Kathy and Craig were married 48 years and had two children. During her 38-year career, Kathy was a teacher who focused on possibilities rather than limitations. Her positive attitude, quick smile, and loving demeanor inspired confidence in young students. Kathy taught kindergarten through third grade at Harrison Hill, Abbett, Irwin, and Lincoln Elementary School in Fort Wayne. Her unique ability to connect with children was integral in her work as a Reading Recovery Program Specialist for many years at Irwin Elementary. Kathy retired from her teaching career at Fort Wayne Community Schools in 2010. For many years, Kathy was a member of Trinity English Lutheran Church of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and of late, attended, Peace Lutheran Church in Fremont, Indiana. Kathy was a member of Junior League, Tri-Kappa, and for many years the Steuben County Women’s Club President. Most notable, Kathy spent many years running Lake George Boutique where profits supported the Lake George Conservancy. If ever asked, Kathy would be more than happy to always lend a helping hand. After retirement, this commitment to others continued. She routinely helped senior citizen friends by transporting them to doctors’ appointments, bringing meals when needed, grocery shopping, and running various errands. Kathy was also a devoted friend to many both in Fort Wayne and at Lake George where she actively enjoyed attending luncheons and fun shopping excursions. Kathy will be remembered as one of the most sincerely genuine people, always actively interested in others’ lives. She had a natural empathy and an ability to uplift others. She, also, had a gift for storytelling, particularly, comical anecdotes that she often shared with family and friends. Kathy was especially dedicated to her five grandchildren. She enjoyed baking cookies, making crafts, and hosting “Grammy Camp” for them each summer. Together, she and Craig taught them to water ski, dive off the dock, and most of all, she showed her deep love for them via conversations on the porch swing, time spent playing board games, reading with them, and, most importantly, just letting them know they were loved. Heaven has accepted one of the most amazing angels. Kathy is survived by Craig Palmer Johnson and children, Thaddeus Doyle Johnson (Rona Delos Reyes Johnson) of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Kristin (Palmer) Johnson Christophersen (John Daniel Christophersen), of Lantana, Texas, and five grandchildren, Brianna Therese Johnson, Hannah Delos Reyes Johnson, John Palmer Christophersen, William Raftshol Christophersen, and Katelyn Johnson Christophersen. Due to the coronavirus crisis, there will be no visitation or funeral services at this time. A memorial service will be 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, 2020 at Peace Lutheran Church, 355 E. State Road 120 Fremont, Indiana (46737). In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the Lake George Conservatory (http://lakegeorgeconservancy.com/donate/), Parkview Cancer Institute (https://www.parkview.com/foundations/you-can-help/make-a-gift/give-to-fort-wayne), and Simon Cancer Center (https://cancer.iu.edu/giving/memorial.php) in memorial to Kathleen Doyle Johnson.

  • DONATIONS

  • Lake George Conservatory
  • Parkview Cancer Institute
  • Simon Cancer Center

Services

2 July

Memorial Service

3:30 pm

Peace Lutheran Church

355 E. State Road 120
Fremont , Indiana 46737

Memories

Kathleen "Kathy" Johnson

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Wendy Fritter- Howard

April 22, 2020

I just want all of you to know how much Mrs. Johnson meant to me. I was one of her 3rd grade students at Harrison Hill Elementary. I started my year with Miss Doyle and ended with Mrs. Johnson. I cherish her as one of my all time favorite teachers. I am now a teacher and have been for 33 years. As 3rd graders we thought she was the the most wonderful teacher. We all wanted to be like her. I even have a picture of her with her Polaroid camera that the class bought her for a Wedding gift. I got to visit with her 2 years ago at a Big Brothers ,Big Sisters Dinner. She made me feel "special" even then. My prayers go out to all of you! She was very special!

doug shindler

April 2, 2020

Craig & family, I so sorry to hear about your loss. I know these have to be hard times. Craig, I know its been a few years since we have talk. our thoughts and prayers our with you and your family. God bless, Doug Shindler

Kathy Kolb

March 29, 2020

Dear Craig, Kristen and Thad,
I was so sad and shocked to learn of Kathy’s passing. I knew Kathy when we both attended Butler and “found” her again years later when I bought your home in Indian Village. I certainly hope to personally extend my sympathy at the upcoming memorial service.
Lovingly,
Kathy

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY