October 28, 2013


Viola Johnson, 95, of Carroll, died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at Regency Park Nursing Home in Carroll.

Mass of the Christian burial was 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Carroll. Celebrant was Father Timothy Schott. Con-celebrant and homilist was Father Clair Boes. Cross bearer was Graeme McCord. Music was by Marcy Anderson and the St. Lawrence choir. Lector was Dwight Johnson. Gift bearers were Inez Eden and Myrna Snyder. Eucharistic ministers were Denise and Rick Melichar. Casket bearers were Daniel Johnson, David Johnson, Brian Johnson, Bret Johnson, Paul Johnson and Ian McCord. Burial was at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Carroll.

Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be left at the funeral home or at the church to be directed to St. Lawrence Parish.

Online condolences may be left for Viola's family at www.sharpfuneral.com.

Viola Delores was born May 14, 1918, at Carnarvon, Iowa, a daughter of Hilary and Eugenia (Studer) Engel. She spent her younger years in the Carnarvon area where she attended school. On Nov. 16, 1943, Viola married Henry Johnson at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wall Lake, Iowa. The couple made their home seven miles east of Breda where they farmed until 1976 when they moved to the Carroll community. Throughout their lifetime Henry and Vi enjoyed bowling and traveling, and she loved making quilts for her entire family. Vi was a member of St. Lawrence Parish in Carroll.

Survivors include her children: Dale Johnson and his wife Jean of Lakeville, Minn., Dean Johnson and his wife Carol of Adamstown, Pa., Dwight Johnson and his wife Susan of Mesa, Ariz., Mark Johnson and his wife Diane of Logan, Iowa, Verne Johnson and his wife Robin of Parker, Colo., Denise Melichar and her husband Rick of Mesa, Ariz., and Donna Johnson and her husband Clarke McCord of Collierville, Tenn.; 32 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; one sister, Elma Cejka of Pocahontas, Iowa; as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Vi was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Henry, in 1999; her granddaughter Sara Johnson; her sisters Esther Reising and Laura Boes; and her brothers Raymond, Vernon and Lawrence Engel.