Yoshiko Johnson

Yoshiko Johnson
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Yoshiko K. Johnson, nee Konno, 91, of Belleville, IL, born July 30, 1931, in Haranomachi City, Fukushima-Ken, Japan, died Sunday, December 25, 2022, at her residence, surrounded by her family.

Yoshiko was very talented in knitting, crocheting, sewing, and making her own clothing. In her younger years, she was a model and enjoyed playing tennis. Always having an eye for fashion, she worked at JCPenney for 20 years and would oversee picking the latest trends. Yoshiko was a go getter who had a strong personality and a strong work ethic, which she instilled in her children. She loved to play many instruments and favored the guitar and accordion. Yoshiko loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren very much.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Oral “Pete” Johnson, whom she married on August 15, 1956; her parents, Hirokichi (Kowata) and Hatsue Konno; two sons in infancy, Donald Gene and Thomas J. Johnson; a daughter, Judy Radick; a grandson, Alex Panone; and four sibilings, Tsuruyo Kowata, Tsuneo Konno, Mitsu Konno, and Sakai Konno.

Surviving are her three daughters, Barbara (Howard) Crocker, Donna (Keith Meagher) Keim-Meagher,
and Brenda (Bernard) Panone;
six grandchildren, Jennifer (Nate) Smith, Nicole (Curtis) Martindale,
Nicholas (Natalie) Keim, Jeanine (Aaron) Roy, Kimberly (Jacob) Holmes,
and Curtis Radick;
seven great-gradchildren, Curtis John “C.J.” Martindale, Kayla Martindale, Reno Keim,
Colton Smith, Knox Smith, Hudson Bauman,
and Nora Bosomworth;
two sons-in-law, Daniel Radick and Jeffrey Keim;
and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, December 30, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral procession will leave at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, December 31, 2022, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Michael Arockiam officiating.

Burial will be held at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


8 Comments on Yoshiko Johnson

Shelly Jones said : Guest Report Dec 30, 2022 at 3:21 PM

Donna and family So sorry for your loss of your Mother may God wrap you in his arms during this time and give you the strength you need let me know if I can be of any help love you

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Jean said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2022 at 1:34 PM

Brenda I am wrapping you and your family in love and prayers as you grieve the loss of your mother. I picture her in heaven celebrating this Christmas season with angels and saints! with love Jean LaFever

  • Portage
  • MI
Rob and Nicole Rice said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2022 at 6:29 AM

Yoshiko was one of a kind and very endearing. Love, thoughts, and prayers are directed to the family in mourning.

  • Washington
  • Missouri
Susan Zaring said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2022 at 3:33 AM

Donna and family: Prayers and hugs all around. May memories abound and peace knowing she is watching over all of you until you meet again. Susan Zaring

  • Mascoutah
  • Illinois
Jenice Payne said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2022 at 12:09 AM

Donna, sorry to hear the loss of your Mother. Praying for you and your family that God will give you all strength. If I can do anything please remember I’m just a phone call away.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Kathy White said : Guest Report Dec 26, 2022 at 10:39 PM

I am very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with your family.

  • OFallon
  • IL
Judy Jaggie said : Guest Report Dec 26, 2022 at 7:46 PM

Barb so sorry to hear about your mom. May she now rest in peace. Take care

  • Saint Peters
  • Missouri
Phyllis VanHoe said : Guest Report Dec 26, 2022 at 4:59 PM

Brenda, so sorry for the passing of your Mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  • Portage
  • MI

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