Anna Constance “Connie” Johnson, 1923-2017

Anna Constance “Connie” Johnson, 93, of LaPorte, passed peacefully, while asleep, into the eternal loving embrace of God on July 1, 2017.

She was born December 19, 1923, in Frederick, Maryland, to Frank Glenn and Catherine Marie (Renn) Remsberg.

Connie grew up on a Holstein dairy farm near Middletown, Maryland. Connie adored her first calf, “Buttercup,” a gift from her father when she was 12. Several years later one of her cows, “Prince,” won multiple-year Maryland Grand Champion awards in 4-H competition, and Connie was recognized as a 4-H All-Star. Connie played guard on her Middletown High School basketball team that won the Frederick County championship. After high school, Connie commuted to Hood College in nearby Frederick, majoring in Mathematics, and following graduation, became a math teacher at Frederick High School.  She continued to live with her parents, helping out with evening milking chores. In 1945 a new dairy tester visited the farm, and with her mother’s nudging, Connie invited him to a local church youth event.  Romance quickly blossomed. Connie and Wayne Allen Johnson wed in Middletown on February 23, 1946, to launch a loving and fruitful 67-year marriage journey.

Several Indiana locations became home in Connie and Wayne’s early years of marriage, including Goshen, Auburn, Milford, Elwood, Williamsport, Angola, as well as Maryland locations in Middletown and Kensington. In 1961 they settled in LaPorte, Indiana, where they remained, except for spending a few winters in Sebring, Florida, during their retirement years. They delighted in the seven children born to them, raising them with firm, encouraging, loving guidance to instill character traits valuing education, community service, and devotion to God. For a number of years, Connie taught math at public and private schools, while spending most of her adulthood raising her children and being a supportive helpmate to her hardworking husband. They enjoyed traveling, both in-country and abroad, including volunteer work for mission projects with Wycliffe.

Connie was deeply devoted to God. Her trusting prayers were heartfelt and authentic. She enjoyed singing in the LaPorte County Choralaires and church choirs, as well as playing piano at home in family sing-alongs.  Connie had exquisitely beautiful handwriting. She cheerfully encouraged others, always looked for ways to help, and was kind and appreciative. She was truly other-centered and was a blessing to all who knew her. Connie epitomized the woman described in Proverbs 31:26-27, who “watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.”

Connie is survived by one sister, Nancy (Victor) Lougheed, Baltimore, MD; two sons, Allen (Debora) of Dunmore, WV, and Monte (Gloria) of LaPorte; and five daughters, Linda (Larry) Jones of Arlington, TX, Sheryl (Michael) Benjamin of Denver, CO, Marilyn (Carl) Savich of LaPorte, Chelo Tenorio of Stillwater, OK, and Janet (Don) Lyon of Hanwell, New Brunswick, Canada; 16 grandchildren, Jesse, Ethan, Joel and Micah Johnson, Nathan and  Caleb Jones and Charis (Jones) McCoy, Jacob Benjamin and Alissa (Benjamin) Doerner, Holly (Davis) Daly, Peter and Sara Davis, Vanessa Johnson, Jeremy and Adam Lyon, and Naya Gavin-Tenorio; and 12 great-grandchildren, Genesis Johnson, Luke, Almuz and Zion Johnson, Malachi, Lincoln, Kingston and Thaddeus Daly, Amaya and Kai Johnson, Hazel Jones, and Isaac Johnson. Connie was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne; one son, Jerry; her parents; one brother, Charles Renn Remsberg; and one sister, Glenna (Remsberg) Deterding.

The family will receive friends at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, LaPorte, on Friday, July 28, from 4 to 8 p.m. A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, July 29, at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Dr. Rodney Nielsen officiating. A graveside service will follow at Pine Lake Cemetery, LaPorte.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wycliffe Bible Translators, P.O. Box 628200, Orlando, FL 32862; or to Sunshine Gospel Ministries, 500 E. 61st St., Chicago, IL 60637.

Messages of condolence may be posted below on WNLP or at www.cutlerfuneralhome.com.

7 Responses to “Anna Constance “Connie” Johnson, 1923-2017”

  1. Ralph Howes

    Jul 12. 2017

    Mrs Johnson was my geometry teacher in high school, the only math class I loved. I will always remember her kind and soothing manner. My condolences to the family

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  2. Catrina Winchester

    Jul 14. 2017

    I met Mrs.Connie as an aide at Brentwood Assistant Living. She was a very sweet woman. Always so nice to me offering” caramel drops” every night. Every night she would tell me I receive an ” A++” for the day 😊I recently gave birth to my baby and left Brentwood. She always told me before I left to bring my baby to see her, but I didn’t get the chance 😞 She always spoke highly about her family and loved listening to a cd at night with her daughter and grandson singing. Rest well Connie. You will be missed.

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  3. Patti Scalf

    Jul 14. 2017

    So sorry to see Mrs. Johnson has gone on. I loved to run into her at the back of the Post Office. We nick-named her Last Minute Nellie, because invariably, she’d come to the back boxes to mail a letter right at the last pick-up. Such a sweet lady, just got such a kick out of her. She will be truly missed.

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  4. Karen Hoeppner Howes

    Jul 16. 2017

    Mrs. Johnson was one of my favorite teachers at LaPorte High School. I loved math and her sophomore geometry class. She was so kind and patient with all the students and always had a smile. May her family be comforted by wonderful memories knowing now she is with her Lord.

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  5. Reuben Klein

    Jul 19. 2017

    Only got to meet Connie in nursing home sang at bible study and she loved it. She always had a smile and a hand pat for me.Bless you family wish I knew her longer

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  6. Dorrie Heath

    Jul 24. 2017

    Mrs. Johnson was a great math teacher to all of us at Landmark Christian School. She always had a welcoming smile on her face and a kind word. Her heart was full of joy for all she could do for others. Her family was also her biggest pride, joy and blessings. Many prayers and hugs for all the wonderful joy she has made for many people ❤️

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  7. Jacque Brath

    Jul 27. 2017

    I had the privilege of going to church with your mother years ago and she was such a dear soul. I know you will miss her so much but she is with her Lord now, where she belongs. love and prayers to the family.

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