Rosetta Mae Johnson (nee Kern)
May 1, 1917 — Dec. 13, 2015
Rosetta Mae Johnson (nee Kern) of Pewaukee entered heaven peacefully on December 13, 2015, at the age of 98 1/2 years after a strong, healthy and long life.
Rosetta was born on May 1, 1917, in Waukesha, to Anton and Alma (nee Teuteberg) Kern. She graduated
from Waukesha High School in 1935. She was remembered as an outstanding athlete in high school and in amateur sports, particularly in fast pitch softball and tennis. She married Arnold M. Johnson on September 22, 1945. They moved to Pewaukee in 1952, where she enjoyed country living for over 60 years. Rosetta worked for the Waukesha Telephone Company for almost 10 years as a switchboard operator in the 1930s before leaving to raise their four children. In later years, she worked for Sears before retiring. She was a volunteer at the Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) and a member of Pewaukee Garden Club and various church groups. Over her lifetime, she was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Mount Calvary Lutheran Church and attended Elmbrook Church.
Rosetta enjoyed all sports and was an award winning bowler. After retiring, she learned to swim, golf and lawn bowl. She enjoyed watching sports on TV, knew all the players and coaches and won the 2014 and 2015 NCAA March Madness office pools, with teams she picked herself. Rosetta enjoyed rooting for her children and grandchildren at their sporting games. She played the accordion and entertained her family by playing the harmonica brilliantly without using her hands. She also loved parties and dancing. Her favorite past times were spending time with her family and sitting out in the sun on her swing at home, enjoying her cats, eating tomatoes and drinking Spotted Cow. Rosetta is also remembered for her interest in health and wellness, religion, gardening and in the Brewers, Packers and Badgers.
Rosetta’s children recall her as a caring and loving mother who encouraged them to pursue their goals and get an education. All four of her children graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Rosetta is survived by her four children, Brent (Pam) Johnson of Aurora, Colo., Lynn (Geoffrey) Wodell of Wheat Ridge, Colo., Keith (Denise) Johnson of New Berlin and Joy (Stephen) Bliton of Byron, Ill. Rosetta has nine grandchildren: Chad (Sarah) Johnson and Erik (Megan) Johnson; Haaland Wodell (Nicholas Dewart); Craig (Kristina) Johnson, Katie Johnson and Kristin (Tristan) Gross; Kayla (Joseph) Kimbell, Paul Bliton and Luke Bliton. Rosetta has eight great-grandchildren: Brooke and Clayton Johnson; Anna; Luke and Noah Johnson; Dizzy Dewart-Wodell; Cooper Johnson and Colton Gross. She is also survived by many dear nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
Rosetta was preceded in death by her parents, as well as her siblings Esther (the late Oscar) Staab of Waukesha, Ben (the late Dorothy) Kern of Waukesha and Alma (Robert) Ross of Brodhead.
Visitation will be Monday, December 21, at Elmbrook Church, Chapel, 777 S. Barker Road, Brookfield, from 10 AM until the funeral service at 11 AM. There will be a funeral procession from the church at 1:30 PM to Prairie Home Cemetery for entombment at 2 PM.
The family would like to thank the caregivers and staff at Brookdale Place and her Wheaton Franciscan team for her care.
Church and Chapel Ritter- Larsen Bros. Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 262-786-8030 or visit www.churchandchapel.com to view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions.