Marianne Johnson Obituary

Marianne Josephine Johnson
Marianne Josephine Johnson

October 20, 1950 - April 11, 2020
Born in Woodstock, Illinois
Resided in Anchorage, Alaska


Marianne Josephine (Kusch) Johnson passed into the glorious bounty of her heavenly home on April 11, 2020. She passed peacefully and with no warning, of natural causes. Her husband Ken was at her side. Born to Fred and Margaret Kusch in Woodstock, Ill., her nuclear family included older brothers Fred and Jim, and her younger sister Eileen. Marianne and Ken met at the roller rink in McHenry, Ill., when they were 15 years young. Their meeting could only be described as "love at first sight." After a 7-year courtship, they became married in Denver, Colo., on Dec. 13, 1972. Quickly gravitating to the beauty and new adventure of Alaska, they began a lifelong love affair while honoring their marriage vows. They were inseparable for 47 further years. Marianne spearheaded several overseas trips, including to her ancestral home town in Ireland and later to Germany and East Berlin just months before the wall came down. She taught herself accounting and other office and management skills to keep the family shop humming along. Marianne was one of the most loving mothers you can imagine. Everyone who truly knew her would agree that her family was not first, it was only. She cherished her two sons Kenneth Frederick and Benjamin Dylan above all else. Her life truly revolved around making her children into assets to themselves and the world. Her belief was that it is the wise mother who gives her children roots and wings. Some of her favorite sayings were wise indeed: "these days don't last, they go to fast" and "hands are for holding." Marianne's sharp mind and wicked humor, as well as her Irish fiery nature, led her to live each hour to the fullest. Marianne loved to dress well, and always kept herself looking sharp. She and Ken loved to drive her Mustang all over the Southcentral Alaska scene for hours at a time. She is gone far too soon, and will be missed beyond words by the many people whose lives she touched and especially by her family who love her more than anything. As she wished, no public service will be held. Instead please hold memories of her close in your heart. Ken, Kenny, Ben and Taylor thank all those wonderful friends and relatives, neighbors and anonymous wishers of wellness to our family, for their generosity and understanding in our time of need.

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