Josephine N. Johnson, age 85, of Berlin, Wisconsin, passed away on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at Markesan Resident Home, where she had been living since 2010. She was born May 21, 1927, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Pendergast) Hoffman, in Rib Lake. She spent her childhood on family farms in the Ogema and Brantwood areas, was a graduate of Tripoli High School, and attended nursing college in Chicago to become a WAVE during WWII. She spent her early adulthood in Chicago waitressing, and then returned home to Brantwood, to help her brother run his tavern, Club 8.
On July 2, 1954, in Janesville, Wisconsin, she was married to Oliver (Ollie) Lindros, who preceded her in death on February 3, 1979. As a busy homemaker she raised five daughters in a little pink house in Prentice, Wisconsin. She enjoyed gardening, canning (made the BEST dill pickles), baking, sewing, helping others, and spending time with her family. She worked for Phillips Plastics for several years until her retirement in the mid-1980's. She was very active at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, and as a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 8491. She married again on July 5, 1980, to Harold Johnson, and helped him operate the Johnson Sports and Variety Store in Prentice until his passing in 1990.
In her later years she enjoyed spending time with her daughters, traveling to the southwest in the winter, (where she was still hiking mountain trails into her 70's), and spending summers in Wisconsin. She filled her days with activities, enjoyed game shows and crossword puzzles, could beat everyone at trivia games, and greatly loved to sing and dance.
Her zest for life and pleasant humor will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. The family would like to thank the staff of Anna's House at Markesan Resident Home for their kind and caring protection during her illness.
She is survived by five daughters, Joni (Howard) Lindros of Berlin, Linda Lindros of Austin, Kellie Lindros of San Diego, Kimberly Lindros of Austin, and Tina (Eric) Olson of Waupaca. There are six grand-children, Jesse (Julie) Rhode of Phoenix, Joshua (Emily) Rhode of Eagle River, Derek (Evelyn) Lindros of Ann Arbor, Katarina Olson of Wild Rose, and Benjamin and Elizabeth Olson of Waupaca, six great-grandchildren, and step-children and step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends.
Preceding Josephine in death were her parents, her sisters Laura Hoffman, Dorothy Nilson, Grace Kelly, and Alice Hoffman, and brother Clifford Hoffman.
In lieu of flowers, memorials made to the VFW Post 8491 or the American Heart Association would be appreciated.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2013, at 10:30 a.m., at St. John the Baptist Church, Prentice, Wisconsin, with Father Jerry Hagen officiating. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 9:00 A.M. until the time of services. Interment of her ashes will follow immediately at the Prentice Cemetary.
The Heindl Funeral Home of Prentice is assisting the Family.