Charlene F. Johnson
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Charlene F. Johnson age 76 of Coleridge, Nebraska died on Friday, December 02, 2016 at Park View Haven Nursing Home in Coleridge.

Funeral Services will be on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington with the Rev. Russ Lambert officiating. Burial will be at the Hartington City Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday from 4-7:00 p.m. and also on Tuesday from noon until service time at the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.

Pallbearers will be Elmer Johnson Jr., Jay Johnson, Kenny Johnson, Kelly Johnson, Jerry Johnson, and Wayne Hangman.

Honorary pallbearers will be Ann E. Johnson, Susan Olson, Arthella "Tilly" Arens, and Tiffany Johnson.

Charlene Fay Johnson was born on June 25, 1940 in South Sioux City, Nebraska to Dennis and Ethel (Collins) Provancha. Charlene grew up in South Sioux City and attended elementary school there. She moved to Hartington with her parents as a young teenager. Charlene married Elmer William Johnson of May 7, 1961 in Hartington. She and Elmer moved to the Meckling, SD area in 1967, and prior to moving back to Hartington. While in Hartington, Charlene raised her children and also babysat for many kids. She also worked with Future Promise for many years in Hartington. Charlene and Elmer moved to Coleridge in 1994. She continued to babysit and also volunteered at the Park View Haven Nursing Home. Charlene collected dolls and was a huge Elvis fan. Elmer died on 2/13/2004. Charlene has lived at Park View Haven for the past year.

Charlene is survived by her eight children, Elmer Johnson Jr. of Coleridge, Ann Elizabeth Johnson of Yankton, SD, Susan and Scott Olson of Coleridge, Jay Johnson of Coleridge, Kenny of Bloomfield, NE, Mark Johnson of Omaha, NE, Kelly Johnson of Coleridge, Jerry Johnson of Wayne, NE; two grandchildren Tiffany and Rya; two great granddaughters Emma and Zoe; three sisters June Borgheiinck of Sioux City, Iowa, Shirley Peterson of Topeka, KS, Elaine Staska of Lincoln, NE.

She was preceded in death by her parents Dennis Provancha and Ethel Ritter; infant son Billy Joe; husband Elmer of 2/13/2004 at the age of 64 years; brothers Louis and Don Provancha.




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To family I'm so sorry for your loss. I've known her & her husband a long time. I also knew her husband's family.We used to play pitch with them.Once again so sorry for your loss.My last name then was Mann.

Linda D. Gorham


Charlene Johnson Family,

What an amazing woman!! I will always remember her never ending kindness and love for others. She always had a smile on her face which created smiles on mine. She was a "hugger" as well. I've received so many hugs I can't even begin to count them. Her joy and love were so infectious. It didn't matter when I was there to visit, she always gave me a hug and asked how I was doing. My earliest childhood memories have always had Mrs. Charlene in them. She would babysit for Jennifer and I in Hartington all the time. One of my earliest memories as a child (4yrs old... ish), I fell asleep in our living room while she was watching us. She picked me up and carried me to my bedroom to sleep, but I woke up in the process. While I was being carried, I pretended to still be asleep and enjoyed the lazy ride to my bed. I think she knew I was awake, but carried me anyway. Then there were times later on of going to her house. This was so exciting!!! She let us have play board games and make all the fun decisions. Her kids were always so nice and friendly. I loved spending time with Jerry, Jay, Kenny, Ann and even Kelly (we messed with him the most). We would play the Dukes of Hazard board game, Sorry!, and so many others. I will never forget these glorious times in my life. The love, respect, tender-heartedness, and gentleness are just some of the character traits I learned from being around Mrs. Charlene. She will always hold a special place in my heart as one of the most kind and loving women I will ever know. Thank you Mrs. Charlene for protecting and caring for me. I will never forget you!

John P. Tharnish


I want to say I am so sorry to the Johnson family. We lost such an amazing woman!! I will always feel so blessed to have her in my life. So many of my childhood memories are of her. Seeing her, thinking of her, talking to her would ALWAYS bring a smile to my face and of course tears of joy. I will never forget her always playing with John and I when she would babysit. My favorite memory is playing Mr. potato head. I will always have you in my heart dearest Charlene. I love you and sending you hugs, now in heaven.

Jennifer Cervantes


Am so sorry to learn of Charlene's death. I, along with sister Janice Erickson and cousin Betty(Hammond)Brown attended Elmer's funeral in 2004. At that time I offered my financial help to keep things going for all of you and Pastor Russ Lambert was officiating. He said he would contact me if anything was needed. Looks like Charlene was a good user of her God-given talents and I hope things are on an okay level because of her work for those left behind. My prayers and heartfelt sympathy to all friends and family alike. I will miss her and keep you survivors very close to my heart.

Karen Gibbs


Am so sorry to learn of Charlene's death. I, along with sister Janice Erickson and cousin Betty(Hammond)Brown attended Elmer's funeral in 2004. At that time I offered my financial help to keep things going for all of you and Pastor Russ Lambert was officiating. He said he would contact me if anything was needed. Looks like Charlene was a good user of her God-given talents and I hope things are on an okay level because of her work for those left behind. My prayers and heartfelt sympathy to all friends and family alike. I will miss her and keep you survivors very close to my heart.

Karen Gibbs

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