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LYNDHURST: 5236 Mayfield Road  ,   OH 44124.
CLEVELAND: 2110 Murray Hill Road, OH 44106.


Jeannie K. Johns, age 82, died on January 11, 2020. She was born in Manchester, New Hampshire

to Lawrence and Barbara (Miller) Kimball and is preceded in death by her parents and three brothers

(Warren, Richard, and George), her husband, Ronald Johns, and her grandson, Laith Hudson.

As a child, Jeannie lived in New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts before her family

moved to Texas, where her father owned a flower shop in Marshall and then Kilgore. An astute student,

she finished high school at age 16 and went on to graduate from Lon Morris College in Tyler, TX before

attending Harvard University in Boston where She received her doctorate in Psychology. She worked for

30+ years in the field of Special Education in New York City, at Syracuse and Michigan Universities, and in

Washington, D.C. She also worked on assignment in Amman, Jordan and Bahrain.

In addition to her profession, Jeannie enjoyed cooking, taking care of her family, and coffee shop conversations

with her husband, Ron. She lived in many different places and always explored where she lived, getting to know

the people and the place. She had a gift for turning ordinary life into a wonderful story.

Fifteen years ago, Jeannie survived stage IV ovarian cancer but as a result of treatment, developed scleroderma,

a systemic autoimmune disease. She battled all of these health challenges with determination and grace and despite

her struggles, remained an incredibly giving person who spent her life helping others in every way she could.

She is greatly missed by her sons, Christopher and David, and her daughters, Karin (Scott) Hudson and Amy (Elliott) Callahan,

and her grandchildren: Phineas, Baxter, Miles, Max, and Cate and many other family and friends.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 12 pm on Saturday, January 25 at Holy Rosary Church, 12021 Mayfield Rd., Cleveland, OH 44106

followed by a lunch and memorial at 1pm in the lower level reception hall. Flowers may be sent to Holy Rosary Church or

donations may be made to scleroderma.org



8 Replies to “JEANNIE K. JOHNS”

  1. Nan Kennedy says:

    Jeannie was a unique spirit, and everyone who knew her mourns her loss. She lived flat out, until she couldn’t live any more. And she leaves an invaluable legacy in the children and grand-children she raised, and the many, many people she inspired.

  2. Nancy says:

    Gone from this place but never forgotten in our hearts. Love you Jeanie Johns

  3. Joan Evans says:

    Warm, fun, smiling Jeannie! Till we meet again, Praise the Lord!

  4. Alma Nell (Miller) Farmer says:

    Jeannie was dear friend in high school at Kilgore, Texas. She was an attendant in my wedding. We shared so many fun times together and I am blessed to have had her in my life. So thankful we had a good visit when she came for Richard’s service last year. Blessings to all of you.

  5. Regina Nethery says:

    I will so miss my ” Cumarre” Jeannie! The best friend and God mother to my daughter,Teagan!
    She filled our lives with light and love! Taught me countless lessons in patience and virtue. She was so elegant, gentile and inituative.
    I will miss my dear friend so much.
    Lay gently in Hods loving arms, my friend. Then join Lathe and Ronnie in paradise

  6. Sheri Parks says:

    Jeannie was a sweet and joyful presence we knew at Holy Rosary. I have thought of her often over the years even after we didn’t see each other as often. It always makes me smile to think of her. God bless her and all her family and friends who will be missing her. Rest in peace, dear soul.

  7. Gay Eyerman says:

    Jeannie was well-loved and embraced at Holy Rosary church in Little Italy. Her wisdom and humor were priceless. She was so caring and helpful to her friends and family. Her most famous line among our women’s ministry was when a priest told her “Jeannie, there’s only one savior, and it’s not you!” Now may she meet her Lord and savior face to face! Fare thee well, dear Jeannie. ♥️

  8. Ted Y. Wilson says:

    Jeannie and I were colleagues at the University of Michigan’s Institute for the Study of Developmental Disabilities (ISMRRD).
    As the Institute was about to close due to funding cuts, Jeannie wrote a very helpful letter of recommendation regarding my
    work there as associate editor. With Jeannie’s help I managed to obtain a position as editor at the School of Education. Jeannie
    was a great special educator and friend with a hearty laugh. I will never forget her help at a crucial juncture in my career.

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