Elva Johnson was born on a farm near Remsen, IA, March 13, 1925, to Art and Ida (Wilberding) Delperdang. She graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in Cherokee in 1942. She went to work at Miller Insurance, which later became Miller-Mac.
Elva married Kenneth Johnson on June 26, 1947, and the couple enjoyed 54 years of marriage. Kenneth passed away in 2001. Following her work in insurance, Elva dedicated her life to being a fulltime mother to their six children. She sewed clothes for the entire family, along with all of the other responsibilities of raising a family and helping on the farm. She still took time to play with her children and, eventually, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had a wonderful sense of humor, and was known for giving her children's spouses a bad time. She was one of the founding members of the Maple Valley Friendship Club, attending meetings as long as she was able. She also enjoyed the Wilberding cousins' get-togethers.
On Monday, September 4, 2017, Elva passed away at Accura Healthcare in Cherokee, having reached the age of 92 years, 5 months, 21 days. She was preceded in death by her husband; two brothers, Raymond Delperdang and Arthur Delperdang; four sisters, Martha Tremain, Florence Goettsch, Mary Hanson and Delores Sawvell.
Left to cherish her memory are her children and their families: Susan and her husband, Craig Fay, of Grand Junction, CO, their son, Ben and his wife Christy, along with their four children, Craig, Justin, Sean and Luke; Steve Johnson of Cherokee; Gary Johnson and his wife, Pat of Ames, IA, their daughter Erin and her husband Paul; Patty and her husband, Bob Myers of Urbandale, IA, their son Ryan and his fiance , Morgan; Alan Johnson of Cherokee; Jeanne and her husband, David Cave, of Cherokee, IA, their children: Melissa and her husband, Andrew Orr and their children Bre and Emma; Chris, Kyle and Chelsea Cave; two sisters-in-law, Pat Johnson of Dunlap, IL and JoAnn Sully of Sioux City, IA; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
10:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 8th
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Cherokee
Father Dan Guenther
After 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 7th
Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home, Cherokee
There will be a parish rosary at 4 p.m. The family will be present from 5-7 p.m., and a prayer service will follow the visitation at 7 p.m.
Mt. Calvary Cemetery