Laura “Lolly” Ruth Johannes was born June 21, 1924 to Walter and Irene (nee Nelson) Johannes, Sr., in Chicago, Illinois, she died March 17, 2017 in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
Laura graduated from Marquette Elementary School, Harper High School in Chicago in 1942 and graduated with a BE Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Education from the Chicago Teacher’s College.
She worked as an elementary school teacher all her life as well as taught part-time in the Industrial Education Department at The Chicago Teacher’s College/Chicago State University.
After Laura retired in 1984, she and her sister spent their winters in Florida and Arizona where they enjoyed various craft activities. She was a member of the Prairie Club (a hiking group) of Chicago, Illinois.
Laura enjoyed traveling with her sister, Elise, and loved to sing. Both became Royal River Rats because they traveled the length of the Colorado River by rubber raft. She sang her first solo in church at the age of 3 and was called “The Little Nightingale” by her pastor. She sang at the Swedish Choral Club with the choir and also sang a solo at The Museum of Science and Industry’s First Christmas Around the World. She sang at weddings, funerals, and for the Gold Star Mother’s of America.
Laura was preceded in death by her brother, Walter Philip Johannes, her sister Irene Elise Johannes, her brother Walter Charles (Jenola Geneva Willy) Johannes, Jr., and her parents.
Laura is survived by numerous cousins and relatives on her mother’s side of the family and by Edwin J. (the late Petrea) Clark of Sugarland, Texas along with other cousins and relatives on her father’s side.
Visitation Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 11:00 AM until time of funeral service, 12:00 PM at the Glueckert Funeral Home, Ltd., 1520 N. Arlington Heights Road, (4 blocks south of Palatine Road) Arlington Heights. Interment at Beverly Cemetery, Blue Island, Illinois.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to: the charity of your choice. Funeral information and condolences www.GlueckertFH.com or (847) 253-0168.