Virginia Anne Johnson (March 14, 2021)

Virginia Johnson photoDecember 8, 1928 ~ March 14, 2021

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021
3:00-8:00 PM
Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home, Inc.
Harlan, IA
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Thursday, March 18, 2021
11:00 AM
Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home, Inc., Harlan, IA
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Burial will be in the Jacksonville Cemetery, Jacksonville, IA

1 Son – Frank Johnson of Plant City, FL
2 Daughters – Ellen (Dr. Kevan) Whitsitt of Columbia, MO
Catherine (William) Neumann of West Des Moines, IA
4 Grandchildren – Julie Whitsitt of Columbia, MO
Collin (Bo) Whitsitt of Overland Park, KS
Alex (Liz) Neumann of Madison, AL
Peter Neumann of Boston, MA
5 Great-grandchildren
Other Relatives & Friends

Virginia Anne Johnson, the daughter of Joseph Franklin and Clara Lillian (Ohms) Petersen, was born on December 8, 1928, in Harlan, Iowa. She graduated as Valedictorian of the Harlan High School Class of 1946, and then attended Dana College in Blair, Nebraska, for one year.

On June 22, 1947, Virginia married Richard Henry “Fritz” Johnson at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Jacksonville, Iowa. The couple moved to Oakland, Iowa, in 1955, where she worked in clothing sales and was active in the Oakland United Methodist Church. In 1977, Fritz and Virginia moved to Jackson Township in Shelby County, Iowa. Following Fritz’s death on January 6, 2000, Virginia stayed on the farm for another two years. In 2002, she moved into Harlan, and in 2014, became a resident of the Elm Crest Retirement Community in Harlan.

Virginia was an active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Jacksonville, Iowa, where she had served as a Sunday School teacher and took part in the various activities of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Women. She was active in 4-H while growing up, and later was a 4-H Leader and Cub Scout Den Mother. Virginia enjoyed quilting with the church women. She and Fritz also liked to spend time tending their vegetable and flower gardens.

Virginia A. Johnson died on Sunday, March 14, 2021, at the Elm Crest Retirement Community in Harlan, Iowa. She had reached the age of 92 years, 3 months, and 6 days.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Richard Henry “Fritz” Johnson; and an infant granddaughter, Angela Whitsitt. She is survived by one son, Frank Johnson of Plant City, Florida; two daughters, Ellen (Dr. Kevan) Whitsitt of Columbia, Missouri, and Catherine (William) Neumann of West Des Moines, Iowa; four grandchildren, Julie Whitsitt of Columbia, Missouri, Collin (Bo) Whitsitt of Overland Park, Kansas, Alex (Liz) Neumann of Madison, Alabama, and Peter Neumann of Boston, Massachusetts; five great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service was held on Thursday, March 18, 2021, at the Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, with Pastor Ron Rasmussen of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Jacksonville, Iowa, officiating. Peggy Doonan and Pastor Ron Rasmussen served as musicians. Casket bearers were Collin Whitsitt, Bill Neumann, Paul Petersen, Alex Neumann, Andy Petersen, and Peter Neumann. Burial was in the Jacksonville Cemetery, Jacksonville, Iowa. Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home, Inc., of Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

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9 Responses to Virginia Anne Johnson (March 14, 2021)

  1. Carla O'Connell says:

    I would like to send my sincere condolences to Virginia’s family – God bless you all.
    The Johnsons were my my neighbors when I was growing up in Oakland, Iowa. Virginia was such a sweet person. Both she and Fritz were always so kind to me. It’s nice to remember them.
    Carla McClain O’Connell

  2. Pat Musich says:

    I remember your mother at Bethlehem Lutheran. Recent years she was in the room next to my mother. I just found out today she had past. Loved see her on every visit. Sending condolences to all her family. Pat Henriksen Musich

  3. Gay Coombs says:

    Virginia and Fritz were the best of parents. Always supportive of our school. Ellen, I treasure the memory of the lunch we recently shared. A beautiful angel has gone home. Love to you all.

  4. Joyce Carrick Sharp says:

    Sincere sympathies to the Johnson family. Please know that time will heal, and your happy memories of her will bring you peace.

  5. Jennifer Rihner says:

    I am so lucky to have gotten to know your mom. We had a lot of good talks. She was a wealth of information. Hugs and prayers to you all. God bless you.

  6. Bernie Gehl and Sharon Rumsey says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Franks friends from Plant City,
    Bernie Gehl and Sharon Rumsey

  7. Jolene Swope says:

    Forever my Brownie leader. Prayers to the family Jolene Swope

  8. Merlyn and Jeanette Knudsen says:

    Our thoughts and prayers for your family. I attended country school with Virginia at Jackson # 1. We also went to 4 H at the same time. When I moved back to Jacksonville when I remarried I got to attend the same church. She always thought of ours and did good things for them. She will be missed. Merlyn and Jeanette Knudsen.

  9. Glenda Rasmussen says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your beautiful mother. Virginia was my mom and dad’s (Ron and Adrienne Petersen) neighbor when she lived on the farm. She was such a beautiful person, so sweet and caring. I have a lot of great memories of her. I also have some wonderful memories of her parents, Joe and Clara. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Glenda Petersen Rasmussen

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