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Roland A. Johnson

Died: Friday, December 21, 2012
Age: 92
Roland A. Johnson, Venice, Fla., and Williams Bay, passed away Dec. 21, 2012, at his home in Williams Bay.

He was born in Chicago on May 2, 1920, to August and Ida Carlson Johnson. In 1926, he became a summer resident of Williams Bay. He attended Chicago public schools and graduated from William Senn High School in 1938. He served in the U.S. Army from 1941 until 1945.

On Sept. 10, 1949, in Park Ridge, Ill., he married Marilyn Joan Hughes. They were partners in marriage, business and raising their family for 46 years. Marilyn died in 1996. In 1970 Roland founded The Supply Corp. in Lake Geneva and in 1982 he and Marilyn became winter residents of Venice, Fla.

Roland is survived by three daughters, Linda (David) Swengel, Harvard, Ill.; Carol (Thomas) Berner, Janesville, and Nancy (Rex) Anderson, Lake Geneva; six grandchildren, Jennifer Kautz, Salem, Ore.; Christine (David) Johanson, Woodstock, Ill.; Julie (Neal) Kolb, Lake Geneva; Michael (Alyssa) Swengel, Milton; Laura Anderson, Edina, Minn.; and John Swengel, Chicago; great-grandchildren, Natalie Kautz, Alex Barnes, Erik Ingsson, Hunter, Lydia and Erik Johanson, Adeline Kolb and June Swengel. He is also survived by his dear friend and companion, Patricia Maino, Venice, Fla., and more friends than one can count.

In addition to his parents and wife, Roland was preceded in death by his sisters, Grace Johnson and Sonja Carlborg; and brother, Stuart W. Johnson.

Visitation Wednesday, Dec. 26, from 11 a.m. until the 1 p.m. memorial celebration of Rolandís life at the Lake Geneva United Methodist Church, Lake Geneva. Inurnment at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lake Geneva. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the Aurora VNA Hospice, Attn: Legacy of Love, 950 N. 12th Street, Suite A511, Milwaukee, 53233. Arrangements were handled by Steinke Funeral Home, Lake Geneva.

The family wishes to thank the caring services of the Aurora Visiting Nurses Association and especially Rolandís wonderful nurse, Wendy Wolman. Special thanks also to Dr. Greg Gerber and Dr. Mark Braden for their kind and compassionate care.

For online guest registry, go to www.steinkefuneralhomeinc.com.

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