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Rita R. Johnson, 91

Rita R. Johnson, 91, passed away peacefully Nov. 29, 2023, at Northwestern Medicine in McHenry surrounded by her family. 

She was born on March 8, 1932, in East St. Louis, Ill., the daughter of George and Ruth (Harrison) Roberts. 

Rita graduated from Crystal Lake Community High School in 1950, then went on to graduate from St. Francis School of Nursing in 1953. She married Richard G. Johnson on Nov. 21, 1953, at St. Thomas Church in Crystal Lake. 

Her passion for sewing and crafts led her to opening her store, My Little Room Antiques & Crafts, in Crystal Lake. She was an avid golfer, Chicago Bulls fan, philanthropist, and was always hoping for a good pull on the slot machines. 

Rita is survived by her children, Rick (Anita) Johnson and Kim (Dan) Ryan; grandchildren, Camie Johnson, Courtney (Brian) Pramann, Megan Ryan, and Brie (A.J.) Lohens; great-grandchildren, Lily and Ean Pramann; and son-in-law, Greg Bundgard. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard, in 2020; her parents; a daughter, Susan Bundgard; a son, Scott Johnson; and grandson, Robin Burton. 

There will be a private service held for immediate family only. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at

For online condolences, visit or call Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney at 815-338-1710 for more information.

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