During her widowed years, Jonnie took painting classes at the local senior center and blessed her family and friends with her artwork making personalized greeting cards marking their special occasions.
In 2014, after she was unable to live alone, Jonnie joined the family at Whispering Pines, Plover. The staff at Whispering Pines made her final years comfortable, full of fun and music and wonderful home-cooked meals. They really loved her as their own.
Jonnie had a deep faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, knowing that His death and resurrection was her only way to eternal life and now she is just seeing for herself the truth and rewards of that amazing love.
Juanita is survived by her brother, Wendell Perkins, Lodi, Cali.; three children: Dennis (Julie) Carlson, St. Joseph, MO; Gordon (Amy Lou) Carlson, Parkville, MO; and Marcia (Byron) Elder, Plover; 14 grandchildren: Sarah (Gary) Perman, Northglenn, CO; Katherine (Greg) Vogel, Anne (Phil) Kruthoff, Abigail (Andrew) Carey, Megan (Richard “Boomer”) Karch, all living in Wisconsin; Israel (Nicki) Elder, Leavenworth, KS; Brian Walker, Wathena, KS; Joshua (Jessica) Elder, Phoenix, AZ; Amy Jo (Gary) Masters, Troy, KS; Robbie Carlson, Blair, KS; Lauren (Matthew) Prichett, St. Joseph, MO; Lennon, McCartney and Sadie Carlson, Parkville, MO; 23 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Keith, brother Leonard Perkins, granddaughter Madelynn Vogel, and grandson Raiden Elder.
Jonnie’s family would like to thank the doctors and nurses that have so kindly cared for her with special thanks to Dr. Onitilo and Dr. Lillis at Marshfield Clinic, Stevens Point who got her through lymphoma last year.
Hospice, through Ascension at Home was amazing support in Jonnie’s final days. Our time together was short, but you all helped so much. Thank you. Also, a special thanks to Plover Taxi for their excellent service.
Words cannot begin to express our thanks to the staff at Whispering Pines. You made mom feel so loved and special. I am afraid to begin naming names because someone will be missed and each and every one of you is appreciated. You know who you are!
Finally, thanks to Shuda Funeral Chapels in Wisconsin and Harman-Rohde Homes in Kansas. You folks make a hard life situation much easier.
Friends and family may gather to share memories from 4-6PM on Sunday, May 12, 2019, at the Harman-Rohde Funeral Home – 310 Fremont St., Wathena, KS. Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 13, 2019, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Robinson, Kan.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.shudafuneral.com.