In Memory of

Harriet Jean Johannsen

January 12, 1929 - November 22, 2017
From: Spencer, IA | Originally: Sutherland, IA
Harriet  Jean Johannsen

Harriet Jean Johannsen

Born: January 12, 1929
Died: November 22, 2017
Age: 88

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In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established by the family.

     Harriet Jean Johannsen, the daughter of Harry and Emma (Kaiser) Hill, was born January 12, 1929, in Sutherland, Iowa.  She received her early education through the 5th grade in rural Waterman #4 one room school.  She continued her education at Sutherland schools, where she was active in music.  She also enjoyed marching band, and was chosen Homecoming queen in her senior year. She graduated from Sutherland High School, class of ‘47.

     Harriet and Jim Johannsen became best friends in high school and they were married July 18, 1948.  After their marriage, she worked as an Administrative Assistant and raised their four children.  During their marriage, they lived in the communities of Sutherland, Storm Lake and later Spencer, Iowa, where they have made their home the last 35 years.  She was an active member of the Church of Christ in Sutherland, and later the First Christian Church in Spencer, where she was involved in the CWF women’s group.  She was also a hospice volunteer.  Harriet and Jim were blessed with 13 years of wintering in Arizona, where they enjoyed hiking, golfing and spending time with new friends.

     She passed away at Longhouse Residence in Spencer, Iowa, on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at the age of 88.   Harriet was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Valerie Stefaniak; three brothers: Mertin, Ned and Roger Hill; and two sisters: Patricia in infancy and Florence Brown.

     Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Jim of Spencer; her children: James (Cheryl) Johannsen of Johnstown, CO, David Johannsen and Barbara Potts of Sutherland, IA, and Rachel (Gordon) Buchanan of Spring Hill, TN; son-in-law, Scott Stefaniak of Sussex, WI;  10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one sister, Carolyn Martin of Cedar Rapids, IA; one brother, Richard (Euena) Hill of Robins, IA; other relatives and many friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 2, at the Church of Christ in Sutherland, Iowa.
Pastor John Erickson
Pastor Michael Hyde
Nickolas Rehder
Dax Johannsen
Drew Johannsen
Scott Hill
Jim Johannsen
Dave Johannsen
Dale Slobaszewski
Scott Stefaniak
Mike Bates

Honorary Bearers:
Grandchildren and
There will be no visitation.
"Take My Hand, Precious Lord"
by the congregation,
"I'll Fly Away"
by Lynda Dukes Franey,
by Greatful Dead
Burial will be held privately prior to the funeral services.


Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 2:15 PM
“Jim & family, I am so sorry to hear of Harriets passing. She had a long struggle. She was such a nice lady, & will be missed by many. I would have liked to be at the services but I am in Az. My prayers are with you all at this time. Take care of yourself, Jim.”
- Jean Hill
Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 8:02 AM
“Jim, you are a great caregiver! Your dedication is unmeasurable! Harriet was blessed! Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time and praying for your comfort! She is at peace with the Lord!”
- Nancy and Jim Hartmann
Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 8:02 AM
“We enjoyed several years together down in Paradise RV Court in Sun City, AZ. We had many good times together. Sorry that I can't be at the Celebration of Life this morning, but I have another obligation.”
- Sylvia M Moore
Friday, December 1, 2017 at 2:12 PM
“Jim and family, we are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Denise and Roger Gellhaus
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 8:29 AM
“Sending my sympathy to you Rachel and your entire family. I remember your mom and having chats with her when she worked at the bank in the mall - such a neat lady. Cherish all the memories. ”
- Mike Carlson
Monday, November 27, 2017 at 10:25 PM
“Jim I am very sorry to hear that Harriet passed away. I will miss taking care of her at the nursing home. She was such a sweet lady. My thoughts and prayers go to you and the family. ”
- LeeAnn M Rosales
Monday, November 27, 2017 at 4:58 PM
“So sorry to hear of Harriet's passing. She was such a sweet sweet lady. Many fun times staying at their home with Val. I am sure she was greeted with open arms by
Valerie. Prayers for you all. ”
- Mona Weathers McDonald
Monday, November 27, 2017 at 4:58 PM
So sorry to hear about Harriet. She was such a lovely lady. If you need anything please let us know. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.”
- Reynold and Kim Peterson
Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 2:30 PM
“Jim and family. Sue and I were so sad to hear that Harriet passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- David Watterson
Friday, November 24, 2017 at 1:43 PM
“Jim, I was so sorry to hear that Harriet had passed away. What a sweet lady she was and I will always remember you holding her hand and consoling her when you went to see her at Longhouse. Deepest sympathies to you”
Friday, November 24, 2017 at 10:35 AM
“Jim, we are so sorry for your loss, our prayers are with you at this difficult time. ”
- Laureen and Roger Andersen
Friday, November 24, 2017 at 8:23 AM
“Jim and family, we are so sorry to hear of Harriet's passing. She was such a sweet lady. You have our deepest sympathy. Know that you are all in our prayers. May God comfort you at this time and give you peace”
- Jim and Barb Kerns
Friday, November 24, 2017 at 8:23 AM
“Jim & family. Sorry to hear about your loss of Harriet. Such a neat lady. Have you all in our prayers .”
- Ray Dean & Barb Garnatz
Thursday, November 23, 2017 at 10:15 PM
“Jim we are so very sorry for the loss of your dear sweet little Harriet. Praying for peace and comfort for you in the days ahead as you prepare to celebrate her life on earth and her heavenly homecoming.”
- Respite Angels
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