Betty J. Johnson

Betty J. Johnson

OSWEGO — Betty J. Johnson, born Feb. 24, 1933, “graduated to heaven” peacefully at her home on June 2, 2019.  

One of 11 children born to Gordon and Ruth (Munro) Lucht in Muskegon Heights, Michigan, she enjoyed her childhood in Michigan prior to the family’s move to North Dakota when she was 13 years old.  After receiving her diploma, she had various jobs in Minot, North Dakota, prior to her marriage.  

She married Lloyd Johnson and they farmed in Garrison, North Dakota.  They had four children, Lloyd “Ole,” Susan “Suzie,” Carolyn “Carrie” and Barney. Betty raised her children in Minot, where she was active in her church, was a longtime baker, and a caregiver to young and old.  

Betty moved to Virginia in 1990 where Suzie and her family live and then on to Oswego, New York, in 1994, where Barney and his family live. It is in Oswego where Betty was best known for selflessly serving God at Oswego Alliance Church. Putting Christ first in all she did, Betty was devoutly faithful to God and her family, was constantly helpful to others, always had an encouraging word to share, and had an incredibly sweet, kind, and gentle spirit. She was well-known for being a faithful prayer warrior. She loved playing piano at local nursing homes, at the Salvation Army, and at senior residence facilities. She was thrilled to see others respond joyfully in hearing songs from their youth.   

Her daughter, Carrie Harris, preceded her in death in July 2018. She is survived by her son, Ole Johnson, Fargo, North Dakota; daughter, Susan (Mitchell) Burcham, Hayes, Virginia; son Barney (Michelle) Johnson, Oswego; her ten grandchildren, Justin, Jared and Jenna Burcham; Alesia, David (Tiffany), Benjamin (Nadia) and Katlin Harris; Lindsay (Stephen) Syrell, Amber Johnson and Chelsea (Kyle) Rehnlund; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Beverly Gehlken from Zanesville, Ohio; numerous nieces and nephews; along with several dear friends.

Calling hours will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday, July 5, at Nelson Funeral Home in Oswego, New York. 

Her “celebration of life” service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at Oswego Alliance Church, Saturday.  

Memorial contributions may be made to Oswego Alliance Church, 371 Thompson Road, Oswego, NY 13126.