Evelyn Mae Johansen

By on March 4, 2010

Evelyn Mae Johansen passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, Feb. 24, 2010. She was in hospice care in the home of her son, Bob, and daughter-in-law, Robin, in San Mateo, Calif., for her last weeks. Her daughter, Jeanie, and son-in-law, George Pecknoe, from Morgantown, Penn., were also with her, as well as granddaughter, Lisa, and her husband, Zach Mumbach. Grandson, Cory and his wife, Amanda, from Portland, Ore., visited just before and just after Evelyn’s death.

Evelyn was born in Elburn and lived there until her marriage to Randy Johansen—when she moved 11 miles to Geneva. There, Evelyn and Randy ran Johansen’s Dairy together for many years until their retirement in 1980. Evelyn moved to San Mateo after Randy and Evelyn’s mom, Edna Coryell, passed away.

Evelyn lived her life by the motto “I’ll bloom where I’m planted,” which she first saw on a banner in the Methodist Church in Geneva, where she was an active member for many years. Evelyn also worked closely with both the Girl and Boy Scouts as her kids grew up.

Even though she had been deeply rooted in Illinois, she blossomed again in California. Evelyn volunteered at Call-Primrose, a local service for homeless people, and was on the board of her Condominium Association. She grew new roots through her many friends in California and was deeply involved across generations with her family.

Evelyn was a humble, caring person who was nurturing by nature. She leaves many memories and touched many people in her own quiet and gentle way. She passed away just as Lawrence Welk (one of her and Randy’s favorites) played Sentimental Journey on the iPod next to her bed.

No services will be held. Donations in Evelyn’s name can be sent to Call-Primrose in Burlingame, Calif., or visit www.callprimrose.org.

For information, call Sneider & Sullivan & O’Connell’s Funeral Home, (650) 343-1804.