Carol Jean Johnson

Carol Jean Johnson

Carol Jean Johnson

Carol Jean Johnson, age 75, of Adams, Wisconsin passed away Sunday, January 01, 2023 at Moundview Memorial Hospital & Clinics in Friendship, Wisconsin.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 9th, 2023 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Adams, Wisconsin. Rev. John Krebs will officiate.
Visitation will be 9:00am to 11:00am on Monday, January 9th, 2023 at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Carol Jean was born June 22, 1947 in Sparta, Wisconsin to Leonard and Arlene (Stoltz) Gnewikow. She was the oldest of four siblings; James Gnewikow, Walter Gnewikow Sr. & Betty-Jo Morehouse. She married her high school sweetheart, Ronald Dennis Johnson on June 21st, 1969 in Tomah, WI. They moved to Adams, WI in 1974, and purchased the Red Owl Grocery Store until 1987. Together they had two children, Rochelle Lynn Anderson-Tesch & Nichole Marie Harrington. Carol then became the Director of Aging in Adams County until she retired. Carol touched many lives through her years of teaching Confirmation and Sunday School at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Adams. Carol was also involved with many extra community activities including, Angel Tree, Salvation Army and Faith in Action.

Carol enjoyed crocheting, bowling, ceramics, playing Rummy and spending time with her family. She also enjoyed Brandy Old Fashions and drinking Galiano.

Carol was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Adams and always enjoyed helping others in their time of need.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents: Leonard and Arlene (Stoltz) Gnewikow, Brother Walter Gnewikow Sr. and a number of Aunts and Uncles.

Husband: Ronald D. Johnson of Adams, WI, Daughters Rochelle Anderson-Tesch (Gary), Nichole Harrington (BJ), Grandchildren, Lance Buchholtz (Lauren Hill), Courtney Hams, Dalton Harrington (Lexie), Tabitha Harrington (Dylan Veith), Jasmine Anderson (Devan Kappelman) & Kaleb Anderson. Two Great-Grandchildren, Kinley & Bennett Hams. Sister Betty Jo Morehouse (Dwight) and Brother James Gnewikow. Many nieces, nephews including great nieces & great nephews & many bowling friends that became her family.

Roseberry’s Funeral Home is assisting the family. Visit for online condolences and further information.

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  1. Linda Madland says:

    Dear Ron and family,
    I was shocked to see that Carol had passed away. It was such a privilege to know her and work with her. She was a very special person and will be truly missed.

  2. Christie Ducklow says:

    RIP Carol.❤️‍🩹

    Carol and the Johnson family were my afterschool caregivers for a few years when I was small. Carol always had a wonderful welcoming home with awesome snacks and great energy. The Johnson house, basement and yard were all fabulous places to be until my parents got done working. Rochelle was a great friend through the years and also taught me how to get into a little trouble here and there, the mostly in good fun! 😉 Nikki was also like a little sister to me to during that time.

    Also, with the recent passing of Lisa Marie it reminded me that the Johnson home and Carol specifically had a deep love for Elvis Presley. I think Carol and Ron had been to Graceland or possibly even got to see Elvis in concert at one point. Carol’s love for Elvis and his music also helped develop and guide my love for music.

    Next to every great woman, is a great man. Ron was a great husband, provider and I observed there loving relationship on many occasions.

    I also have many fond memories of shopping at the Red Owl grocery store.☺️

    I’m extremely sorry for your loss. Carol was a true gem.

    With deepest sympathy, Ron, Rochelle, Nikki and all other family and friends.

    Christie Ducklow

  3. Peg Lecy says:

    I’m so very sorry on your loss. Carol was a fabulous lady. May God family friends comfort you during this difficult time

  4. Timothy Allen-Landt Holt says:

    My Deepest Sympathies and Condolences to the family on behalf of the Holt family.

  5. Judy L Bracey Moore says:

    I first met Carol when I sta rated working at JC Penneys in Milwaukee. She was my boss. I think we hit it off and wound up as friends for 4 yrs before we moved in 1974 to Friendship, WI. I ran into Carol again. I see that we have 2 things in common, crocheting and bowling…
    I’m so sorry to see that she is no longer with us and send our heart felt condolences to her husband Ron, who I met at Red Owl in Adams.. and his family. May GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU.
    from Marshall, WI.

  6. Maintenance says:

    Nikki and Family Sorry to hear about Carol’s passing. Carol’s was a very carrying person. Our sincere sympathy the Maintenance Department.

  7. Thomas Lee charles says:

    My condolences to Ron and his family for such a major loss.

  8. Judy Veronica BIERI says:

    Ronnie and girls where do I start expressing my feelings for all of you. We’ll remember all our good years together. Please call on me if there is anything I can do or if you just want to talk. I’m sorry I can’t be there for you on Monday but remember I’ll always be here for you.

  9. Jim and Mary Ann Pease says:

    Ron and family. So sorry to read of Carol passing. We would love to be there with you however we currently live in Sacramento and makes it impossible. We have often thought of all the good times we had. We have been friends for many years. Sending you our love and prayers during this difficult time.

  10. Mary Gruber says:

    This is such a shock. Ron and girls, I am so sorry for your loss. Words escape me.

  11. Cathy Rathermel says:

    Ron and family, so sorry to see this sad loss of Carol. Always a smile and kind word for so many people. God has certainly gained an angel. Blessings and hug to all.

  12. Pete and Shelley McLain says:

    Ron, Family, Our prayers and sympathies, Carol was always a great lady.

  13. Nicole Flynn says:

    So sorry for your family’s loss. Carol was a wonderful person to work with. She will be missed.

  14. Cindi Flynn says:

    So sorry for your loss. She was a great person and will be missed.

  15. Ruth Horndasch says:

    Ron, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart is broken. I will miss Carol.

  16. Sandi (Gnewikow) Doyle says:

    Dear Cousin Ron and Families,
    I am so very sorry to hear of Carol Jean’s sudden passing. May our Lord God bless you all with his peace and comfort. And know the joy that she is watching over you from heaven.

  17. Cindy Mickelson says:

    Nicole and Ron I am so sorry w your loss. Carol was an amazing woman. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  18. Karen Murphy (Rank) says:

    Ron and girls
    I am so sorry to hear of Carol’s passing. I have several good memories of the whole family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  19. Larry and Becky Oleson says:

    Many good memories of bowling with Carol. Something I will always remember is when our kids were little whenever we were grocery shopping Carol would give the kids a banana. Such a small token but so thoughtful. Our sincere sympathy.

  20. Kathie and Jerry Dye says:

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Carol. Carol and I combined our Girl Scout Troops and it was such great fun to work with her. Always enjoyed our visits with so many laughs and good memories. Carol touched the lives of so many people, she will be deeply missed by many. Our most sincere condolences to all of her family

  21. Peggy Hargett says:

    I’m shocked and broken hearted. Don’t know what I’m gonna do without my best bud! All our late nights on the phone discussing life. She was the first friend I made when I moved here. Then became my boss at the aging department. Getting our hair done together, doing ceramics together, She was always there for me. I love her dearly and I’ll miss my buddy terribly ! 22 yrs of great memories! I’m so sorry Ron. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family 🙏💔

  22. Dean and Donna Kirsenlohr says:

    Ron and family. Our condolences at the loss of Carol. Keeping you all in our prayers.

  23. Julie and Bob Goodhue says:

    We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Carol. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all. May the good memories of times spent together with her sustain you in the days ahead.

  24. Dorothy Brennecke says:

    My sincere condolences to you all. I enjoyed babysitting for Nikki and Shelly when I was in high school. Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  25. Dody Klaus says:

    Carol will be so missed by so many. Wonderful Lady rest in peace. Prayers to the whole family.

  26. Kathy McCarthy and Pete Hickethier says:

    Ron and family, We send you our sincere prayers and sympathy. Carol truly lived her faith: she was a servant to the Lord and gave back so much to the community. I spoke to her frequently when she would call as the Chair of the Breavement Committee. That low, distinctive voice asking for help with funerals was hard to turn down. I know the kitchen of Immanuel Lutheran will always hold her laughter, and I know her spirit will guide the hands that serve. Lean on the Lord during this difficult time.

  27. Jill Helgeson says:

    My thoughts and prayers for all of Carol J’s family during this difficult time. So many memories.

  28. Sue Moran says:

    Our sincere condolences to the family. RIP Carol.

  29. Joel Willman says:

    Ron, girls, & the rest of your family. I’m very sorry for your loss, she will be missed. My condolences to you all, God Bless during this time.

  30. Dick and Marj Colby says:

    So sorry to hear of Carol’s passing. Our community will miss her caring and thoughtfulness.

  31. Debbie Pollex says:

    I am so sorry to hear this, she was a wonderful person, our condolences.

  32. Lisa Cupp says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Carols passing. I remember her taking ceramics with my grandmother. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  33. Mary Lee and Gordon Klaus says:

    Ron, Rochelle and Nichole…..Sorry to hear of Carol’s passing. Lots of memories spent with her. Prayers to all.

  34. kathy williams says:

    Ron & Family…………I am SO very sorry to hear of the passing of your Dear Carol. I remember the years I worked at Social Services & Carol was the Director of Aging, those were the days , I enjoyed working with her. May God give you the strength to handle this most difficult time……….

  35. Dale Everett Reich says:

    I was so sorry to hear of Carol’s passing. She had the kind of Christian heart that served as a model for so many, and we can now count her among those who have joined the Lord in Heaven. She will be waiting for us one day, with her bright smile and her distinctive sense of humor. I will continue to pray for you, Ron, and the rest of your family. Please accept my sincerest condolences.

  36. Sonja McLaughlin says:

    I was so shocked to hear this, Carol was such a happy, hard working and kind friend!!! My deepest sympathy to her family, keeping all of you in my prayers!!!!!!

  37. Georgette Sturm says:

    I am so saddened to hear of Carols passing. Enjoyed her every time she bowled with me. Condolences to her family. Georgette Sturm

  38. Rich & Judy Merrill says:

    Praying that God’s love will comfort you at this time and give you strength in the days ahead. God has blessed you with wonderful memories that will be forever in your hearts.
    Our love and prayers!

  39. Tom Croke says:

    Ron and family, I am so sorry to hear of Carol’s death. We had so many witty and enjoyable conversations. My sincere condolences to you.

  40. Marie Jeske says:

    Sending prayers for comfort to Carol’s family & friends. Memories will last forever. She took so many people under her wing & stuck to goals for the community.

  41. Jayne and Glenn says:

    Dear Ron and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  42. Steve and Deborah Kisiel Setzke says:

    I’m really saddened to hear of your loss. Carol had a heart of service. She’ll be truly missed and her impact will continue on and be felt for a long time. We on the Salvation Army Community here locally will miss her greatly.

  43. Dennis McFarlin says:

    Ron, my condolences to you and the family.

  44. Christy Duhr says:

    SO very sad to hear of Carol’s passing. She was a special friend of mine and The Salvation Army. Prayers to Ron and family, Christy

  45. Teresa Marti says:

    Our condolences to Carol’s family. Rubber and Teresa Marti

  46. Grace Woreck says:

    Ron , I am so sorry for your loss and your family. In my prayers. Carol was a special lady.

  47. DeeDee Brennecke Heath says:

    So sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. She was a great lady. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  48. Kaitlyn Warren says:

    Ron & Family, You are all in my thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss. She was an amazing lady.

  49. Patricia M Schiefer says:

    Ron and family. So sorry to hear of Carol’s passing away. I will miss her so much. Such a good friend. Ron hope to see you once in awhile at Family Affair Resturant. Hoping you and your family know you are in my prayers. Your friend. Patty Schiefer.and Robert,David,Christopher.

  50. Sandy Reinke says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Carol’s passing. I enjoyed working with her at Social Services back in the day. I pray that the family finds peace in knowing that Carol will live on through those that knew and loved her.

  51. Bev Meier says:

    Thoughts and prayers for the family.

  52. Lori Ward says:

    Ron and girls, I am so sorry for your loss. Carol was an awesome lady. RIP Carol.

  53. Beth Reutter says:

    Ron, I was so sad to see Carol’s passing! She was a great person and I enjoyed bowling with her. She will missed by many! Please take care of yourself and your family.

  54. Robert Schiefer says:

    So very sorry for your families loss, prayers and thoughts for you and for family.

  55. Pastor Terri says:

    My condolences to Carol’s family and friends- May the good Lord comfort you as only He can.

  56. Wendy Wenzel says:

    Carol was a wonderful person and a delight to be around. I’m grateful for all the help she and her husband Ron gave me. Wonderful memories. So sorry for the families loss.

  57. Ray and Cheri Witz says:

    Ray and I were very sorry to hear of Carol’s passing. We send our condolences and prayers to her family. She will be missed.

  58. Linda Reiber says:

    My prayers are with you guys. Carol was a special person and will be sorely missed .

  59. Lona Adams says:

    Cousin Ronnie,
    I am so shocked hearing about Carol. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I’ve always enjoyed her sense of humor. Her warmth was always contagious. She will be missed by many.

  60. Barb & Marv Bennett says:

    Sending sincere sympathy to Ron,Nikki,Rochelle,and the entire Johnson family. Carol was such a helpful, careing,fun, person. We were involved in several organizations over the years. Always had a fun time. She will be missed. Keep the memories close.

  61. Lois &Herb Babcock says:

    Ron and family. We were shocked to hear of Carol,s passing. She was a friend and boss of mine for a long time. Prayers and hugs for all the family

  62. Dorothy Jones says:

    Nichole and Ron, I’m truly sorry for you loss. My prayers are with you both.

  63. Bob and Janis Cada says:

    Our sympathy to Carol’s family. Peace, love and comfort to all of you ❤️

  64. Tammy Pieper-Larrabee says:

    Ron and family my condolences to all of you. She was a wonderful woman. I loved working with her through the County. She always got me laughing when the job was rough. And I also did the same back. She will be greatly missed by me and everyone.

  65. Marcia & Dan Kaye says:

    Carol was a beautiful person with a good heart. So sorry for your loss. I know she will be greatly missed!

  66. Sue Anderson says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  67. Denise Thompson says:

    Ron and family,
    Carol Jean was a beautiful soul. I am so grateful I was able to get to know her, if only for a little while. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  68. Peg Lecy says:

    So very sorry on your loss. Carol was a fabulous person. As you comfort each other share those memories.

  69. Peggy Sleeman says:

    My sincere condolences to Carol’s family.

  70. Lloyd and Pam VanBeek says:

    So sorry to hear of Carols passing. Our thought are woth you at this time. Loved bowling with her at tournaments. 😔

  71. Kristin Moran Hamilton says:

    Ron. Rochelle and Nikki so sorry to hear about your loss. Carol was an amazing lady with a contagious laugh. she was always willing to give a huge an d share a smile. She will truly be missed by all. May God comfort you all as you grieve your loss. Thinking of you all!!

  72. Cindy Babcock says:

    Ron, and family, my condolences to all of you such a great woman. She helped a a lot of people, and such a happy go lucky personality. My heart goes out to all of you .🤗

  73. Myrna hickey says:

    She was the example of live grace and true lived and now missed..Love to all of you..

  74. Pat Pietrzak says:

    Ron and Family, So sorry to hear about Carol. You can bet the next time you hear thunder, it isn’t really thunder, it’s Carol, Bev and Georgi have a bowling league going on! We all had so much fun and so many memories. Carol will be missed by all.

  75. Jodi Helgeson says:

    What a wonderful lady. She did so much for the community. My condolences for all of you.

  76. Nicole Gold says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this!!! Thought and prayers are with you!! She was such a sweet and funny lady!!

  77. Valerie Mecklenburg says:

    Heartbreaking, absolutely heartbreaking. i am stunned. 🙏 & hugs to Family, Friends & all who knew her.

  78. Shawna Gruber says:

    So sorry for loss

  79. Ann Cwikla says:

    So sorry for your families loss. Carol was a loving, caring person.

  80. Curtie & Michelle Pollex says:

    Dearest Ron, Nichole, BJ, Rochelle & all the kids~My heart broke for y’all yesterday when I seen Grandma J passed away. She was such a funny, loving and caring lady. Her voice and laugh was so distinct. 🥰 I just adored her and I will cherish my memories of staying over in highschool, camping and family get togethers. She was definitely an Angel her on Earth and is now in Heaven. She loved deeply and loved her grandkids and great grandchildren so very much. It’s hard to think of her being gone but someday we will be reunited with her in Heaven. 😇 It’s hard to say goodbye to someone who had such an impact on so many lives. I know Grandma J will be watching over ya’ll!! She certainly was loved dearly. Sending lots of prayers, love & HUGS~🙏♥️🥰

  81. Sandra Herfel says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have known Carol for so many years and she has helped so many people in her life time in Adams County. Ron my heart goes out to you and the kids. Prayers to all of you!!!

  82. Penny says:

    Nichole and family so sorry for your loss. Was a wonderful and kind hearted.

  83. Bill and Janeda Peterson says:

    Our sincere prayers and sympathy to the Johnson family. God be with you.

  84. Jim Gately says:

    Ron, our condolences to you and the family. Truly, a great loss of a Great Lady. All will miss her.

  85. Mary & Ross Moire says:

    Ron and Family we are so sorry to hear of your loss of Carol. She has touched many peoples lives and will not be forgotten. May God help you through this time of grieving.

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