Madonna Johnson

Monticello – Madonna P. Johnson of Maple Point, Monticello, formerly of Sadorus, passed away at 9 a.m. Wednesday (Jan. 30, 2013) at Kirby Hospital.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. on Feb 2 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Sadorus with service following at 11 a.m., Pastor Bill Gauger officiating. Burial will be at Craw Cemetery, Sadorus. Freese Funeral Home, Tolono, is assisting with arrangements.

Madonna was born Feb 18, 1910, in Lis, the daughter of Isaac and Elisabeth (Sower) Mitchell. She married Louis Klitzing on Jan 18, 1935. He preceded her in death on Aug 22, 1960.

She later married Earl Johnson of Urbana in 1973. He preceded her in death in 1986.

Madonna is survived by a daughter, Kathryn (Larry) Craft of Sadorus; and a step-daughter-in-law, Alice (Johnson) (Webber) Long of Urbana. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Randi Sullivan of South Carolina, Wendi (Kevin) Cotter of Downers Grove, Scott Klitzing of Makanda, Kim (Tom) Kelinois and Brian Klitzing of San Diego, Steve Klitzing of Wisconsin, Keith (Bonnie) Craft and Kevin (Cherie) Craft of Sadorus, Angela (David) Wright of Carterville; and step-granddaughters, Krista (Tim) Borbely of Urbana, Karen Webber of Vancouver, Wash.; and step-grandson, Brian Webber of Chilcothe. She has 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by five sisters; two brothers; two sons, Tom Klitzing and John Klitzing; a granddaughter; and a daughter-in-law.

Madonna graduated from Newton High School in 1928. She worked at Shay Office Equipment, retiring in 1973, and she also worked at Lewis's Department Store, the Orpheum Movie Theater and Charlie Klitzing's Grocery Store.

Madonna loved spending time with her family. She was an avid card player and loved to play bingo with her friends at Parkview in Savoy and Maple Point, where she dearly loved the staff and friends at Maple Point. She was a lifelong member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Sadorus.

In earlier years, Madonna was a member of the Ladies Aid, LWML and sang in the church choir. She also was a longtime member of the ESA Social Sorority in Champaign.

She loved to travel and while in Minnesota enjoyed Bluegill fishing. We will all Love and remember her for her compassion, respect for her family and friends, her sharp mind and long-lasting memory of her childhood and especially her contagious laugh.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

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