Stephania (Stella) Johnson passed away 1:20 am on 24th January 2011 at Cheam Village in Agassiz just short of her 90th birthday. Although too frail to travel she enjoyed her last hours and week visiting with her family at her side, celebrating Christmas and receiveing calls from her grandson Gerry in Taiwan.
She was born to Nicolas and Mary Karbonik on 14 February 1921 on their family farm west of Leduc near Calmar Alberta. She was the 3rd eldest of 16 children.
From being a farm girl she traveled Alberta, British Columbia, the United States, and Europe. She worked her career as a waitress in particular the military engineer’s officer’s mess at Canadian Forces Base Chilliwack where she was head waitress, as well as Churchill and the oil sands in Ft. McMurray.
On 21 June 1943 she married Harvey Johnson. They have 2 children Albert Leander (Lea) Johnson and Dianne Marie Davidson (née Johnson); are grandparents to Lynnette (Richard) Gieselman, Terrance (Mary) Davidson and Gerry Johnson; are great grandparents to Michael (Tara) Gieselman, Aaron (Jennifer) Davidson and Grandson Nicholas Gieselman; and great-great grandparents to Damien Davidson and Jack Gieselman. Gerry Johnson is from Mission and is in Taiwan working. All of the rest of the grand children are from and living in Chilliwack.
Stella and Harvey lived a full married life in various locations over 30 years: Edmonton, Stettler and Red Deer Albert for 7 years. Then they and their family moved around a lot when Harvey joined the Royal Canadian Engineers in 1952 in Chilliwack. From many postings in Canada and Europe they lived and traveled extensively. They divorced in 1974 and each re-married until the early 1990s when they re-established life long relations until Harvey’s passing in 2004.
She was honest, hard working and very community minded being a member and officer of a number of community groups. She was a strong political observer and long time member of the Progressive Conservative/Conservative party receiving letters of appreciations for her generous and loyal support. She had a deep interest in the Royal Canadian Legion where she was actively involved as a member, Vice-President and President. She was very successful at fundraising and events. She was very proud of the medals awarded her by the Legion. But her biggest passion was the great game of cards. Cards, poker and bingo always got her juices going.
Her family thanks her close friends who supported her throughout the last months after her heart failure; Dr. MacIntosh at Cheam and Dr. Bright her family doctor in Chilliwack for their highest level of competence, personal attention and guidance; and the staff at Cheam Village in Agassiz for their compassionate and quality care.
According to her wishes there will not be any visitations or funeral service. There will be memorial of her life at 1pm on 29th January 2011 at Branch 4 of the Royal Canadian Legion located at 9350 Mary Street Chilliwack. Her ashes will join those of her life long love Harvey.