Diane Marie Johnson, 69, of Belvidere, passed away peacefully on December 19, 2015, at home with her loving husband by her side, after a courageous 6 year battle with breast cancer. She was born December 1, 1946 in Belvidere, the daughter of Patrick and Dorothy (Ohlsen) Stevens. Diane was a quiet, loving, and compassionate woman, who cherished and loved her family and friends with all her heart. She attended Immanuel Lutheran School and was a graduate of Belvidere High School, Class of 1964. She married her high school sweetheart Jinx (Jean) Johnson on July 10, 1965 in Belvidere. She was employed for 12 years at Allstate Insurance, retiring in 2001. After retirement, she and Jinx enjoyed spending winters together in Arizona, enjoying the warmth, beauty, and sunshine. She was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Belvidere, and was a faith filled woman, who deeply loved her Lord. She was an avid reader, enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, and was a master at the daily crossword puzzle. She found pleasure in watching her countless varieties of birds and tending to her flower gardens during the summertime. She centered her entire life around loving and caring for her family. She mostly enjoyed traveling with her beloved husband of 50 years, especially their winters together in Arizona. And, she loved the color pink!
She is survived by her loving husband, Jinx; two daughters, Angela (Todd) Kollbaum of Concordia, MO and Sarah (Shawn) Harper of Belvidere; seven grandchildren, Zachary (Clarissa), Jordan (Stephanie), Emily, Ryan and Abigail Kollbaum of Concordia, MO, and Ryley and Lukas Harper of Belvidere; two sisters, Jennifer (Brian) Schewe of Machesney Park and Denise (Mark) Lorenz of Lakeside, CA; brother, Dale Stevens of Belvidere; special nieces, Blaine, Hannah and Tessa Cornelius; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and very special friends, Sue, Bonnie, Kris, Carol Jean, and Mare. She is preceded in death by her parents; grandparents, Matt and Emma Ohlsen; two sisters, Vicky Lynn Stevens and Deborah Cornelius; and brother-in-law, Scott Cornelius.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Korkmaz, Julie Carlson, Lisa Bruno, Megan Zimmerlee (“The Megan”), her special valet, Andrew, and everyone at the OSF Center for Cancer Care. Your love, compassion and special care during her journey will never be forgotten. You will remain in her heart forever!
Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 23, 2015, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1045 Belvidere, Road, Belvidere, with Rev. Allan Buss officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave, Belvidere, as well as 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Interment in Belvidere Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church. To light a candle or share a condolence, please visit www.AndersonFCS.com.