Joan (Krebs) Johnson

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. – Joan (Krebs) Johnson, passed away on March 28, 2014, in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. She was born April 5, 1947, to Lionel and Ann (Budkis) Krebs in the city of Escanaba. As a schoolgirl she was involved in many activities, including the head majorette in the Escanaba High School marching band, graduating in 1965.

Joan was first married in Michigan and had her son Todd Berg in 1971. From Michigan, Joan and Todd moved to Southeastern Wisconsin where she worked for Bechtel Corporation in the finance and payroll department. She later worked for another construction company in the Milwaukee area where she met her husband Ron in 1982. Joan and Ron were married in 1988, when she also became stepmother to Tim and Scott. Beginning in 1989, Joan and Ron made many trips to visit all three sons at college in Arizona. They fell in love with the Arizona desert and purchased their property at Santa Fe Ranch in 1999. There they planned, designed and built their dream house, Outback Ranch. Joan stayed at the Ranch during its construction, completing much of the work such as the tile, texturing and interior finishing herself.

In 1999, Joan’s first granddaughter, Sierra was born, and in 2003 she welcomed her second granddaughter, Sedona. Joan’s highest priority was always time spent with her family and friends. She loved having a full house, feeding and caring for everyone who came to visit. Above all, Joan was a woman of God. Jesus was the foundation of her life, and she was always closely involved with the church and Christian activities wherever she lived. She taught her family and many others throughout her life the grace and beauty of God, whom she is with now in heaven.

Joan is survived by Ron, her husband of 27 years; son, Todd and his fiance, Susan; stepsons, Tim (Hannah) and Scott (Ginta); granddaughters, Sierra and Sedona; and her mother, Ann; and sister, Connie.

Joan was preceded in death by her father, Lionel.

A mass will be said in Joan’s memory on May 10 at 4 p.m. at St. Thomas Church in Escanaba.