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Lavona Madge Johnson (Buskirk), age 81 from Cedar Springs, passed away January 26, 2022 in Rockford. Born to Covel and Emma Buskirk on March 1, 1940. She graduated from Stanton High School in 1958 and soon after went to work at a pickle factory at age 18 where she met the love of her life, Walter Bruce Johnson. They fell in love and married in January 1959 and recently celebrated 63 years of marriage. She and Bruce traveled all over the United States as a Navy family and had many wonderful adventures together.

She is survived by her husband, Bruce of 63 years; and children, Shelda Johnson, Tim (Tina) Johnson, Bruce Johnson Jr, and Tom (Carol) Johnson; 12 grandchildren and 21 (soon 22) great grandchildren; brothers, Robert (Verna) Buskirk, Charles Buskirk and Leota (Wayne) Bogart.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Elton, William, Robert, Fred, Earl, Allen, Ellis, Covel Jr Buskirk; and sisters, Leona Cavenaugh & Rozella Braman.

Per her wishes, cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 28, 2022, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, with a memorial service to be held at 4:00 PM at Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 South Franklin Street, Greenville, MI 48838.

Memorials can be made to St. Judes, Alzheimers Association or Hospice of Michigan.

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  1. Brenda Maynard on January 26, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    Sending many prayers and huge hugs. Aunt Lavona always had a smile and a hug for me, and I loved her laugh. Heaven has another angel to watch over us.

  2. Lee and Sandy Stroud on January 28, 2022 at 8:47 am

    Shelda and Bruce. Lee and I are so sorry for your loss! Lavonna was such a loving special person who will be missed! ❤️

  3. Margaret Rush on January 28, 2022 at 10:24 pm

    I am sorry to read of Lavona’s passing. My condolences to all the family. We all rode the same school bus as children, then I’d hear of hers and Bruce’s travels from their good friends. She was a very lovely lady and will be remembered with fondness.

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