Roland A. Johnson, Venice, FL/Williams Bay, WI (1920 - 2012)
May 2, 1920 - December 21, 2012
Roland A. Johnson of Venice, FL, and Williams Bay, WI, passed away Dec. 21, 2012, at his home in Williams Bay. Roland was born in Chicago on May 2, 1920, to August and Ida (Carlson) Johnson. In 1926, he became a summer resident of Williams Bay. He attended Chicago Public Schools and graduated from William Senn High School in 1938. He served in the US army from 1941 until 1945.
On September 10, 1949, in Park Ridge, IL, he married Marilyn Joan Hughes. They were partners in marriage, business and raising their family for 46 years. Marilyn died in 1996. In 1970 Roland founded The Supply Corporation in Lake Geneva and in 1982, he and Marilyn became winter residents of Venice, FL.
Roland is survived by three daughters: Linda (David) Swengel of Harvard, IL, Carol (Thomas) Berner of Janesville, WI and Nancy (Rex) Anderson of Lake Geneva, WI; six grandchildren: Jennifer Kautz of Salem, OR, Christine (David) Johanson of Woodstock, IL, Julie (Neal) Kolb of Lake Geneva, WI, Michael (Alyssa) Swengel of Milton, WI, Laura Anderson of Edina, MN and John Swengel of Chicago, IL. He is survived by great-grandchildren: Natalie Kautz, Alex Barnes, Erik Ingsson, Hunter, Lydia and Erik Johanson, Adeline Kolb and June Swengel. He is also survived by his dear friend and companion, Patricia Maino of Venice; and more friends that one can count. In addition to his parents and wife, Roland was preceded in death by his sisters Grace Johnson and Sonja Carlborg; and brother, Stuart W. Johnson.
The visitation with family will be on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, from 11 a.m. until the 1 p.m. memorial celebration of Roland’s life at the LAKE GENEVA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 912 Geneva Street, Lake Geneva, WI. Inurnment will follow the service at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lake Geneva.
The family wishes to thank the caring services of the Aurora Visiting Nurses association and especially dad's wonderful nurse, Wendy Wolman. Special thanks also to Dr. Greg Gerber and Dr. Mark Braden for their kind and compassionate care.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family suggests memorial donations to the Aurora VNA Hospice, Attn: Legacy of Love, 950 N. 12th Street, Suite A511, Milwaukee WI 53233. (www.aurora.org/HelpVNA).
Arrangements being handled by STEINKE FUNERAL HOME, INC., Lake Geneva, WI (262)248-2320, www.steinkefuneralhomeinc.com