Karlene Rae Johnson
April 2, 1929 ~ September 6, 2013
Karlene Rae Johnson, 84, longtime resident of the Wenatchee Valley, passed away quietly on Friday evening, September 6, 2013, at Central Washington Hospital. She was born April 2, 1929, Karlene Rae Stoffel, in Wenatchee to Karl and Alene Stoffel. She grew up in the Wenatchee Valley, graduated from Wenatchee High School and attended Washington State University. She married Robert F. Johnson Jr. in November of 1949, and the couple made their home in the Cashmere area, where they operated an orchard and raised five children. Many remember her working at Doane’s Pharmacy in Cashmere during this period.
Karlene began a study/work program at Wenatchee Valley Clinic in 1972 as an x-ray technician, where she worked for 13 years. Ultimately, she turned to work at home with her husband, where they enjoyed teaming up to refurbish homes in the Wenatchee area. She enjoyed landscaping, refinishing anything that needed it, and all the while supported her best friend and husband, Bob. She was well-known for her amazing homemaker skills.
Karlene was an avid supporter of the “Wounded Warriors” program and supported several other charities, including the Christian Ministries Lighthouse. Her later life was dedicated to her extended family, with acknowledgement of special dates, occasions, birthdays, and anniversaries. She was an accurate historian, well read and possessed an amazing memory, which all in her family called upon often to help remember family history and ancestral background.
Survivors include children, Karla Winston of Wenatchee, Steve (Cyndi) Johnson of East Wenatchee, Karen Meredith of Alberta, Canada, and Mitch (Sandy) Johnson of Boring, OR; one sister, Barbara Fredericksen of Cashmere; one brother, Robert “Skip” (Mareen) Stoffel of Cashmere; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband, Robert F. Johnson Jr. ll; and son, Robert F. Johnson Jr. lll.
Memorial Services for the Celebration of her Life will be held at 4:00 p.m. at Calvary Crossroads Church on Maple Street in Wenatchee on Saturday, September 21, 2013. Memorials may be made to “Wounded Warriors.”