Lois Johnson | Obituaries | Etoile Terre Haute Tribune

October 2, 1932
December 7, 2021

HIGH EARTH – With great zest for life and an eternally optimistic outlook, Lois Ann Johnson has touched the lives of many over the course of her 85 years. She loved and was loved by her husband, children, grandchildren, family, friends and alumni.
She died on December 7, 2021 from a brief illness.
Lois was born in Nappanee, Indiana on October 2, 1936, the only daughter of Harold and Wilma Sechrist. Lois graduated from Nappanee High School in 1954, where she was the Salvatorian in her class. She attended Indiana State University and in 1958 graduated with a degree in elementary education.
On December 8, 1958, she married Nils Hadden Johnson. During their 53-year marriage, they raised four children and fully enjoyed their role as grandparents.
Lois was an elementary school teacher in California and Indiana. She had a long teaching career at West Vigo Primary School. She was instrumental in introducing the New York Metropolitan Opera’s “Creating Original Opera” program to WVES, which produced four original operas for the enjoyment of the school and the community.
Nothing made Lois more happy than being surrounded by family and friends. She loved a good party and warmly opened her home for countless celebrations. Food, family, friends and camaraderie were the main ingredients in her happy and fulfilling life.
Lois loved to cook, garden, travel and sew. She loved history and traveling to historic places. She insisted on stopping at every historical landmark along the route – affectionately referred to by her children and grandchildren as “hysterical markers” due to her enthusiasm to spot them. Road trips across the country were a must with his children and then his grandchildren.
Lois loved all genres of music and listened to NPR daily. She was a voracious reader and kept a journal of her favorite words, interspersed with her conversations with them. Lois was an excellent flautist and played for fun until late in life. She loved going to the movies, especially during Oscar season.
Lois has remained in close contact with childhood friends, Indiana State’s “Golden Girls”, WVES’s “Dirty Girls” and “Fab Five”, her former students, and countless other friends. She especially loved her niece Leslie Johnson Valandingham and her husband David Valandingham. She spent the twenty-one winters in Fort Walton Beach, Florida – truly, her second home. She was a devoted mother, an active grandmother, a confidante to all, a true and faithful friend to many.
Lois was predeceased by her parents Harold and Wilma Sechrist, and by her husband Nils Hadden Johnson.
She is survived by her children Kris Johnson, Karl Johnson, Katie Kinsman, Kurt Johnson and his wife Laura Johnson. She is also survived by her five grandchildren: Taylor Kirk, Jacob Molho, Rachel Molho, Hadden Johnson and Cooper Johnson. She loved her big dogs, Mia, Bella and Chase terribly; and her little cat, Mitch.
Services are held at Greiner Funeral Home (2005 North 13th Street, Terre Haute, Indiana) on Saturday, December 18. Tours run from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., with the next service at 2:00 p.m. Masks will be required for tours and service. A light meal will be organized after the service. Reverend David Tyra will officiate the service.
Donations can be made to the Sheldon Swope Art Gallery (www.swope.org) or the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (www.nmcrs.org).

Published on December 10, 2021

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