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Denise A. Johnson

Denise A. Johnson, age 64, of Ithaca, passed away at Masonic Pathways in Alma on September 28, 2017, with her family at her side, after a long battle with diabetes and COPD.  

Denise was born in Alma on January 16, 1953, the daughter of Earl and Beverly (Graham) Fortney.  She married her high school sweetheart, Scott D. Johnson, on November 25, 1972.  She enjoyed being on the stage with Gratiot County Players, and on camping trips, many a summer night was wasted sitting around the campfire singing to, and with, her family.

Denise is survived by her husband of 44 years, Scott; her children, Steven (Beth) Johnson of Ithaca, Brendon Johnson of Jackson, and Melissa (Miguel) Rodriguez of Ithaca; nine grandchildren; two great grandchildren; her sister, Cyndi (Jerry) Roslund of Interlochen; and her brother, Kevin Fortney of Belding.  She was preceded in death by her daughter, Heather Lynn Johnson; and her parents, Earl and Beverly Fortney.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, October 2, at the Ithaca Church of God, with Pastor Tom Whitesel officiating. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Friday, 4-7 p.m. Saturday, and 4-7 p.m. Sunday at the Barden Funeral Home in Ithaca.  Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice.

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Reader Comments (9)

Scott I wish to extend my condolences to your family on the loss of a very special lady Denise. I remember her from being in school with her as a very good friend. I will treasure the memories I have of her.
September 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterConnie (Smith)Prusia
Scott and children,Cyndi and Kevin, I am sad to hear of Denise's passing. May God comfort you and give you peace as you go through this great loss. I also feel the loss of a long time friend.
Patty Payne Rudd
September 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPatty Payne Rudd
Scott and family,
We are very sad to hear of Denise's passing. The Heavenly Father will help on this difficult journey ahead. Please remember all of the good times that were had and your love for each other. We hold you in our thoughts and prayers.
September 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Bowen
My sincerest condolences to Denise's family. I graduated from high school with Denise. She was a beautiful lady and will always inspire wonderful memories.
September 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Leiter
I'm so very sorry but at the same time I'm so happy she isn't suffering anymore. Thank you so much for taking such good care of my cousin. I know she loved you as much as you loved her. I'm sure Denise is up in Heaven singing and is so happy. She will be missed so much and she is loved but family and friends.
September 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKERRY HARRIS
Scott, Steve and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Sending our deepest condolences and love and prayers to you.
September 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Mouser
Thoughts and prayers to you Scott and your family. Your wife was a wonderful women with a big heart. She looked forward to you coming in every day and that meant a lot to her. I just want to say it was an honor to take of her. She will be missed by staff and residents.
October 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCindy Carson
Scott and family, I was very sorry to hear of the passing of Denise. I know you did a lot for my mother just by being good neighbors. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
October 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJeff Chaney
Scott and family:

My deepest sympathy to you--you're in my thoughts and prayers.
October 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPaula Johnson Gotcher

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