Nita Mae Johnson, 94, formerly of Cambridge, died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at Hammond-Henry Hospital Long Term Care, Geneseo. Funeral services were held Thursday, Aug. 15 at the Augustana Lutheran Church, Andover. The Rev. Dr. Arthur Bergren officiated. Burial was in the Andover Cemetery. A visitation was held Wednesday, Aug 14 at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Service. Memorials may be made to the Augustana Lutheran Church.
Nita Mae Anderson was born on May 29, 1919, in Western Township, Henry County, the daughter of Lawrence M. and Florence Sandahl Anderson. She graduated from Orion High School in 1937. She married G. Herbert Johnson on March 23, 1940, in Opheim. He died on Dec. 23, 2006.
Herb and Nita spent years on the family farm near Lynn Center. Nita was an active member of the Augustana Lutheran Church, WELCA, and the Cambridge Women’s Club. She enjoyed serving at church activities and volunteering for the Andover Historical Society. Nita was a devoted wife and mother who loved to bake and tend her garden. When her husband became active in Henry County government, they moved to Cambridge in 1977, where they later retired.
Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Florence Ellen and Tom White of Geneseo and Jerelyn Ann Forman of Rockford; a son, George Harland Johnson of Davenport, Iowa; six grandchildren, Dawn (Eugene) Ridge of Chicago; Julie (Michael) Gardner of Dallas, Texas; Regan Grusy (Anders Bergstrom) of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Jana Grusy of Rockford; George Heath Johnson of DeKalb and Evan (Vanessa) Johnson of Rock Island; and two great grandchildren, Olivia Grusy of Rockford and Graham Gardner of Dallas. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a sister, Jean Gould.