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Services Friday for Velma Grace Johnson, 89

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Velma Grace Johnson, age 89, of Chesterton, IN passed away on April 8, 2019.

She was born on March 11, 1930, in Michigan City, IN, to Grover and Mary Catherine (Combs) Whitaker.

Velma is survived by her son, James (Patty) Johnson; daughters, Judith (Don) Tharp and Janet (Joe) Wagner; nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Herbert Johnson and 15 brothers and sisters.

Velma was active in many church functions like the TLC-Ladies Bible Study and did charity work in Texas through the school system. She enjoyed playing Pinochle and Cribbage. She loved traveling with her husband of almost 70 years and especially their time they spent in retirement in Texas. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be deeply missed.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, April 12, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN 46304 with Pastor Allen Wright officiating.

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 12, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. until time of service at 7:00 p.m., at the funeral home.

Donations may be made in Velma’s name to: The American Cancer Society, 5635 W. 96th Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46278.

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Posted 4/10/2019




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