Margaret Ann (Ramaekers) Johnson died May 22, 2012, at the age of 89 in Hanover, N.H. after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
She died peacefully after receiving the last rites in the Hanover Terrace nursing home surrounded by family.
She was born Jan. 30, 1923, to William J. and Colette (Connally) Ramaekers in Greeley, Neb., the oldest of five siblings (Carroll, Jerry, Ed-ward and Mary).
The family farmed in Nebraska until the end of the Depression when they moved east to work in the Jamestown area in 1940, settling initially in Bemus Point. On April 30, 1948, she married Richard M. Johnson, who predeceased her on March 12, 1999, after more than 50 years of marriage.
They settled in in Jamestown and remained there until 1973 when they moved to Coral Springs, Fla. In 1988 they both retired as nurses in Brooksville, Fla.
Throughout her life she was a devout Catholic and was always active in her local church. In Jamestown that church was Ss. Peter & Paul. She worked door to door collecting for various charities, including the March of Dimes, Unicef, and Muscular Dystrophy. In Florida she volunteered at St. Anthony's in the pregnancy clinic and in the food pantry. She had a fierce belief in the dignity of all people and was outspoken about race issues long before it was fashionable.
She loved animals, especially our St. Bernard-Collie mix "Mac" who she told stories about well into her 80s. She dearly loved her family, especially her grandchildren.
Survivors include her sons, Mark C. Johnson of Weathersfield, Vt. and David M. Johnson of Brighton, Tenn., her daughters-in-law, Holly A. Johnson and Cindy L. Johnson; her grandchildren, Brian M. Johnson, Mark D. Johnson, Kaitlyn A.A. Johnson, Kristina M. Johnson, and Kate (Johnson) Onsgard; her granddaughter-in-law, Masoda Johnson, her great-grandson, Austin Johnson; her grandson-in-law, Joshua Onsgard; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Her brother Edward Ramaekers of Huntington Beach, Calif. is her lone surviving sibling.
A memorial service will be held in the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla. on Friday, June 22, 2012, where she will be buried alongside Richard. She would much rather have a donation to your favorite charity than flowers, if you are so moved.