Lisa (Smieja) Johnson


Lisa (Smieja) Johnson, 59, of Independence, passed away Thursday, December 9, 2021, under the care of Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center.

Lisa was born July 19, 1962, to Adrian and Virginia (Servais) Smieja in Arcadia. She graduated from Independence High School in 1980. Lisa married Kenneth Johnson Jr.”Jumbo”, September 8, 1984, at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Independence. They were together until his passing, April 18, 1997.

Lisa spent many years of her life working at the Independence Children Center, taking care of the infants. She later transitioned to working in food service at the Trempealeau County Jail. Lisa loved spending as much time with her family as she could. She enjoyed scrapbooking, making homemade cards, and making crafts with her two granddaughters whom she adored. She enjoyed shopping with her daughter and spending time at the campground with her son and family.

Lisa is survived by her daughter, Amanda (Quinn) Rupnick of Eau Claire; son, Casey (Courtney) Johnson of Independence; mother, Virginia Smieja of Independence; sister, Pam (James) Rotering of Waumandee; sister-in-law, Teresa (Joe) Kniseley of Taylor, and brothers-in-law: Dennis Johnson of Altoona and Jeff (Michelle) Johnson of Strum; two granddaughters: Claire & Briella; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ken Jr. “Jumbo”; father, Adrian Smieja; mother-in-law, Lois Johnson; and father-in-law Kenneth Johnson Sr.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, December 16, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Independence, with Rev. George Thayilkuzhitottu officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 15, 2021, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with a rosary at 7:30 p.m., at Edison Funeral Home in Independence; and a visitation Thursday, one hour prior to the Mass at the church.

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