Published On: Wed, Mar 30th, 2011

Obituary – Emelia J. Johnson

Emelia J. Johnson

WAUSA — Emelia J. Johnson, 106, Wausa, died March 25, 2011, at the Golden Living Center, Wausa.
Visitation was one hour prior to services at the church.
Funeral services were March 28 at Thabor Lutheran Church, Wausa, with Rev. Michelle Oetken officiating and burial in the Randolph City Cemetery.
Brockhaus Funeral Home, Wausa, was in charge of arrangements.


Emelia Julia Johnson was born to Carl Christian and Josephine Johnson at Oakland, March 12, 1905. She was baptized May 6, 1907, at First Lutheran Church, Oakland. In March 1912, when Emelia was seven, the family moved to a farm three miles east of Magnet. She attended Eagle Valley School through the eighth grade. Emelia chose to stay home to help and care for her parents and two brothers. She didn’t have any children of her own but enjoyed helping her sisters care for their little ones. Later, she and her brother, Frank, purchased the family farm. They were making big plans for the major remodeling of their home when all her hopes and dreams fell through with the death of her brother. After having a sale she moved to Lincoln to live with her sister, Esther. While there, she worked at a cafe and as a candy maker at Bauer’s Chocolates. In 1961, she purchased a home in Magnet to live near her sister, Rose.
While living there she spent many happy hours working in her flowerbeds. She enjoyed crocheting afghans, embroidering pillowcases and crocheting covers for hangers. When she was still able she made chocolate chip cookies and chocolate cakes. All of these she generously shared with her family. She has been a special aunt to four generations of her nieces and nephews.
She is survived by many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Edward, August, Frank and Lewis; and four sisters, Ella, Rose, Esther and Ruby.