KINGSFORD — Gwenllyn Joy Johnson, 89, of Kingsford passed away Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Wildwood, Fla.
Gwen was born in Iron Mountain on June 4, 1931, daughter of the late Vincent and Gladys (Knickerbocker) Cuculi. After graduating from Channing in 1949, she attended beauty school in Chicago. She married Harry Harwath in 1951, and they had two daughters. He preceded her in death in 1983.
A lifelong resident of the area, Gwen owned and operated the Randville Bar for over 30 years. She married Clayton Johnson on Dec. 8, 1984, and he preceded her in death in 2011. She worked in the kitchen at the Crystal Lake Senior Center from 1985-2011.
In her free time, she enjoyed playing Solitaire, watching “The Price Is Right” and “Wheel of Fortune,” and she especially enjoyed bowling. She had a love for playing smear and cribbage and was always up for a game of either.
She was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, aunty, niece, and a special friend to many. She will be remembered for her spunk, being quick-witted, an extremely hard worker, and an all-around genuine person.
Gwen is survived by her two daughters, Cheryl (Doug) Richer of Iron Mountain and Terri (John) Burgelbaugh of Kingsford; two stepsons, Mike (Mary Jo) Johnson of Green Bay, Wis. and Bob Johnson (Carol) of Kingsford; a brother, Dale (Maxine) Cuculi of Hartland, Wis.; grandchildren, Kelly (Lee) Steinbrecher, Dustin (Tori), CeCe and Sabrina (Brett), Jason (Sarah) Ott, Austin, Landon, and Autumn, Mike Ott (Jen), Michael Jr. and Tyler, Nick (April) Harwath, Jessica and Jason, Lindsey (Brad) Cowling, Adyson and Michael, Blake Johnson, Sara Johnson, Angela (Andy) Coan, Drew and Brooklyn, Bryan (Amy) Johnson, Jaxen, Brant, and Nash, Courtney Burgelbaugh, Leah, Aubrey, and Lanie; a very special friend, Carol Fontana; sisters-in-law, Gladys Olson, Catherine Driscoll, and Verna Mae Chapman; and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her sister, Geraldine (Roger) Pirlot; brothers-in-law, Richard Johnson, Don (JoAnn) Johnson, Charles Driscoll and Kenneth Olson; sister-in-law, Betty Stebbins; and grandson, Brett Johnson.
Pallbearers will include Jason Ott, Michael Ott, Nick Harwath, Bryan Johnson, Blake Johnson, and Dustin Steinbrecher.
A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Jan. 29 at American Martyrs Catholic Church in Kingsford. Fr. Joseph Gouin will offer the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will be in Channing Cemetery in the spring.
Condolences to the family of Gwenllyn Joy Johnson may be expressed online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com.
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home with the arrangements.