Edna Gladys Elzene
Johnson, “Elzene,” age 107 of Porter, IN, passed away peacefully on March
She was born on
January 26, 1913, in Baileytown, IN, to Oscar and Ada Charlson, both of whom
preceded her in death.
On May 6, 1939, at
Augsburg Evangelical Lutheran Church, she married the love of her life, Fred
Johnson, who preceded her in death.
She is survived by
her loving nieces and nephews: Carolyn Lenburg of Portage, IN, Robert
(Patti) Bergren of Chesterton, IN, Wynelle (Glen) Waldo of Texas, Leolyn
(Bruce) Koger of Arizona, and Ed (Marie) Weigand of Valparaiso, IN; her many
great-nieces and -nephews; and by her many great-great nieces and nephews.
She was also
preceded in death by her brother, Lawrence Charlson; her sisters: Viola
Peterson, Luella Albrecht, Hazel Barido, and Millnet Hoover; and by her
nephew, Richard Barido.
Elzene was a proud
Swede; a faithful lifelong member of Augsburg Church holding many church
positions; a diehard Cub fan; Worthy Matron in the Eastern Stars; and a care
giver to many! Aunt Zenie was an integral part of our family. While
baby-sitting the kids she played football and baseball with them even in her
mid eighties; she knit mittens, scarves, and afghans; was the best Swedish
cook, (pies, rice pudding, rye bread etc.); a seamstress, pianist, -you name
it and she did it and always with a smile! She was with us for every
holiday, birthday party, and family gathering and always led us in the
Swedish table prayer. There's a big empty place in our hearts, but it's
filled with sweet memories! We love you bunches and we were blessed by your
love for 107 years!
A Graveside Service
will be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Augsburg Cemetery,
Porter, IN, with Rev. Erik Bernth officiating.
may be given to Augsburg Evangelical Lutheran Church, 100 N Mineral Springs
Rd., Porter, IN 46304.
arrangements are entrusted to The White-Love Funeral Home, Chesterton, IN.
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