GULLIVER – Loretta Ruth Johnson, 81, of Gulliver, Michigan, died Tuesday, July 5, 2022, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, at St. Vincent’s Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on May 17, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan. Loretta attended Detroit schools and graduated from Detroit Cody High School.
Loretta married Clarence Lee Johnson and they lived together 38 years of marriage until his death on November 23, 2005. For most of her life, Loretta lived in the greater Detroit area. She worked for A&P Farmer Jack Grocery Stores, working for the central office, servicing over 100 stores in the Detroit metro area. At Our Lady of Loretto Parish in Redford Twp., Loretta served on the parish council. She also served as PTO President at Our Lady of Loretto School. Loretta was a CYO women’s softball coach and coached many neighborhood softball teams. Loretta and her husband began vacationing in Gulliver Lake in 1983 when they purchased their cabin, and Loretta came to UP permanently in 2020, making Gulliver her home. She was a devoted parishioner of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Manistique, Michigan.
Loretta enjoyed cooking and baking, gardening, knitting and crocheting. She was an avid golfer and was president of the Bonnie Brook Golf League in Detroit. She loved the lake and she loved serving others. If you walked into his house, you didn’t leave without a pastry and coffee, and a treat to take home. She loved to walk, always taking part in the Paper Hunt, winning her last medal in 2015. She volunteered at the Seul Choix Point Lighthouse in Gulliver, sometimes taking her granddaughters with her to work. Loretta was truly a servant of the Lord, always putting others before herself.
Loretta is survived by her daughter, Lisa Marie (Thomas) Burnis of Gulliver; Clarence Lee (Sarah) Johnson Jr. of Grand Blanc, Michigan; sister, Patricia Marie Asquini of Westland, Mich.; seven grandchildren, Lauren (Brent) Larsen of Madison, Wis., Michaela Larsen of Long Island, NY, Brianna Larsen of Detroit; Eleanor “Nora” Eisele of Detroit, Charlotte Johnson of Tall White, Margaret Johnson of Tall White, Penelope Johnson of Tall White; and several beloved nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents, Bill and Kathryn Martin; her husband, Clarence Lee Johnson Sr.; and father and stepmother, Charles and Beulah Johnson.
Visitation was at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church on July 11 from 12-7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Rosary and visitation July 12 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Ben Paris referee. Memorial donations in Loretta’s name may be sent to the American Cancer Foundation. Fausett Family Funeral Homes of Manistique helps the family make arrangements. Online condolences can be posted on their website at www.fausettfh.com.