4:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2019 at
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln
10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Faith
Lutheran Church in Lincoln
Karolee Johnson, 67, passed away at
OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria on March
Karolee was born on January 10, 1952 in Lincoln,
daughter of Vernon and Aline (Newby) Koester. She
married George Johnson on June 9, 1973 in Lincoln.
He survives her.
Also surviving Karolee are her children: Kendra
(Ryan) Paitz of Bloomington, Molly (Justin) Phelps
of St. Louis, MO, and Jared (Lindsay) Johnson of
Bloomington; five grandchildren: Mia and Henry Paitz,
Wilhemina and Owen Phelps, and Paxton Johnson; her
siblings: Ronald Koester of Lincoln, Marcia Hornbeak
of Rockford, and Kathleen Koester of Springfield.
She was preceded in death by her parents,
father-in-law, mother-in-law, and one sister:
Karolee was a Special Education
teacher for 36 years, in the Olympia School
District, at New Holland-Middletown Grade School,
and at the Lincoln Junior High School. She was a
member of the Lincoln Jaycees and was the first
female president of the local chapter.
She also served as a vice president
for the state’s organization. She was a member of
Faith Lutheran Church, where she served as Sunday
School Director. She loved coaching the Speech team
at the Lincoln Junior High School, listening to
music, volunteering with the Special Olympics, and
spending time with her beloved grandchildren.
Services for Karolee will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday,
March 16, 2019 at Faith Lutheran Church in Lincoln,
with Rev. Mark Peters officiating. Visitation will
be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2019 at
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln.
Burial at Zion Cemetery will follow the service.
Memorials may be made in Karolee’s name to Faith
Lutheran Church, St. Jude Children’s Research
Hospital, or The Humane Society of Logan County.
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