|Clarice A. Johansen, 95, formerly of 1068 Hickory Knolls, Galesburg, died at 2:50 p.m. Friday, November 11, 2011 in Galesburg Cottage Hospital.
She was born February 2, 1916 in Galesburg, the daughter of William E. and Mary Johanna Dedhardt Miller. The family moved to Freeport, Ill., then to DuPage County, where she graduated from Argo Summit High School in 1933. Throughout high school, Clarice practiced her strong musical skills, playing the piano, cello, organ, and violin. She played in the school orchestra and had her own band as well.
She married William J. Johansen on June 6, 1934 in Summit, Ill. and moved to Bedford Park, Ill., where she became a strong Chicago Cubs supporter and one of the original supporters of the Brookfield Zoo. Throughout their married life, the couple moved with William's job to Corpus Christi, Texas, England, Kansas City, Mo., and then returned to Galesburg in 1971. During the time spent in England, the Johansen family traveled extensively, visiting all major countries and capitals in Europe. All forms of transportation were utilized in their travels, including, ocean liners, trains, autos, aircraft, and riverboats.
Clarice was a member of First United Methodist Church. She was also a member of Lake Bracken County Club for many years and was a volunteer with Cottage Craft Shop and Cottage Corner.
She is survived by her son, William R. Johansen of Athens, Ga.; four grandchildren, Stephen Ruch, Christine Patrick, Catherine Johansen, and Timothy Ruch; and seven great grandchildren, Cassandra Ruch, Jordan Ruch, Phillip Patrick, Zachary Ruch, Joshua Ruch, Heather Patrick, and Hunter Ruch. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband William on October 20, 2006; and a daughter, Kay Ruch in 1996.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 15, 2011 in Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Rev. Melva England will officiate. Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the chapel. Cremation will be accorded following the funeral with burial in Fairmount Cemetery in Willow Springs, Ill. in the spring. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.