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August 10, 2020

7/13/2020 11:06:00 AM
Johnson, Genevieve Cordes

Genevieve Cordes Johnson died on July 7, 2020 at Bloomfield Healthcare Center in Dodgeville WI at the age of 96. She was born October 4, 1923 to Edwin Cordes and Frances Nailor Cordes. She grew up in Mitchell and Arlington Iowa, and graduated from Arlington High School in 1940, then attended secretarial school in Cedar Rapids, IA.
Genevieve married Henri Johnson on May 25 1947, whom she met in Cedar Rapids when he was an Army recruiter. They resided in Texas, North Dakota, Michigan, New York, Kentucky and Iowa. She worked as a secretary for in the Air Force and Customs Service, and Veterans Administration in Des Moines where she retired.
She is survived by Eric Johnson and his wife Leah Miller of Clyde, Wisconsin; a sister in law, Ursula Cordes of Arlington, Iowa; cousin Kathleen Drew, Osage Iowa; nephews and their children. Henri preceded her in death in 1996. She is also preceded in death by all her siblings, William, Glen, Howard, Russell and Elizabeth.
Genevieve enjoyed volunteering at Lutheran churches she attended, American Legions, as well as the Iowa Historical Society. She loved her yearly duties at the Iowa State Fair and weekly duties at the Iowa State Historical Museum. She traveled extensively, making several trips to Europe as well as bus trips in the US. Henri would not travel unless it involved hunting and fishing, so Genevieve did that as well. She was an avid reader, scrabble player and crossworder.
In 2003, she moved to Spring Green to be closer to family and resided at Greenway Terrace. She moved to Clyde WI to live with her son and daughter in law and stayed there for five years. She spent her time watching the gardens, sheep and dogs and powering through jigsaw puzzles. Her health necessitated a move to Bloomfield for the last years of her life. There, she enjoyed outings, activities, especially food related ones, and shaking her fist at Donald Trump on television. We would like to thank the many outstanding workers in Bloomfield and Greenway that became close to Genevieve. Debbra Portwine was also a trusted caregiver who made Mom's stay in Clyde possible.
No service will be held due to the pandemic. Genevieve will be memorialized with Henri in Cooperstown North Dakota. Other memorials to her could be made to a charity of your choice or a kind gesture to a friend or stranger.

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