Eileen Johnson

Eileen Johnson

Sunday, March 6th, 1927 Monday, January 27th, 2020

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Obituary for Eileen Cecelia Johnson (Kaufman)

Eileen Cecelia (Kaufman) Johnson, 92, of Basehor, KS passed away on Mon., Jan. 27, 2020 at the Country Place Senior Living in Basehor, KS. Visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 am and the Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 am, both on Thur., Jan. 30, at the Holy Angels Catholic Church in Basehor, KS. With burial to follow at 2 pm, Fri., Jan. 31 in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Axtell, NE. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Holy Angels Adoration Chapel.
Eileen was born March 6th, 1927 in Newman Grove, Nebraska to Roland Milo and Ellen Mary Kaufman. She grew up on a farm and attended Bell School (a rural one room school house). After graduating from Newman Grove High School, she attended Wayne State College and took correspondence courses from Norfolk Junior College. She then taught grades K – 8 in a rural Madison County School for four years. On April 20th, 1948 she married Louis Eugene Johnson. They farmed and lived on her parent’s home place. In 1963 they moved to an acreage near Newman Grove. Louie started a construction company and later opened a plumbing and heating business. Eileen finished houses and cooked and baked for the lunch counter at the local sale barn once a week. Later she did the bookkeeping for her husband’s business.
In 1976 they moved to Arizona where they managed several apartment complexes in Tucson and Scottsdale before retiring in 1990 in Arizona City. They enjoyed making wooden craft items, so many of which are cherished by their family members.
Eileen’s husband passed away in April 2000. Eileen remained in Arizona playing golf, bridge, and taking care of houses. She also served as President of her Altar Society. In September 2012, she moved to Kansas to be near family. Eileen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, sisters, Mary O’Brien, Muriel Munchrath and Josephine Kaufman, daughter, Patricia Gilbreath and granddaughter, Julie Gilbreath.
Survivors include her two sons, Thomas (Janet) Johnson and Robert Johnson, son-in-law, Bill (Shirley) Gilbreath, grandchildren, Lynn Robertson, Kathi Ingham, Paula (Matt) Dunham, Jason (Jenny) Gilbreath, John (Jasmine) Gilbreath, Jeff (Carla) Gilbreath, Jill (Ricky) Ressel, Nicholas (Ashley) Johnson, and 19 great-grandchildren.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 30th, 2020 | 9:00am - 10:30am
    Holy Angels Catholic Church
    15440 Leavenworth Road
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    Thursday, January 30th, 2020
    9:00am - 10:30am
  • Service

    Thursday, January 30th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Holy Angels Catholic Church
    15440 Leavenworth Road
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Thursday, January 30th, 2020
    Father Richard McDonald
  • Interment

    Pleasant Hill Cemetery

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