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Arleta J. (VanOrder) Johnson

January 14, 1932 ~ February 3, 2021 (age 89)


Arleta J. (VanOrder) Johnson, 89, formerly of the Benton area, died Wednesday morning, February 3, 2021 at the Gardens at Orangeville. 

Born January 14, 1932 in Antrim, Tioga County, she was a daughter of the late Alfred VanOrder and Leona (Short) VanOrder.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Elwin A. Johnson, Sr., who died May 20, 1999. 

Mrs. Johnson was a graduate of Westfield High School, Class of 1950.  She was a long-time employee of the Charles D. Roberts Company, Stillwater, previously known as Thompson Wood Products, retiring in 1987.

She and her late husband had lived in Benton for many years and moved to Stony Brook Circle in 1994.  Most recently, she had lived at Scott Meadows in Bloomsburg. 

Mrs. Johnson enjoyed doing crafts, playing cards, and especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Surviving are her four children: Selma R. "Sally" Hippenstiel and her husband, Stephen, of Bendertown; Terrell "Terri" Lazar and her husband, Stephen, of Berwick; Elwin A. "Buddy" Johnson, Jr. and his wife, Teri, of Merritt Island, Florida; Lori Farver and her husband, Wayne Jr., of Orangeville.  Also surviving are 11 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren and 1great great grandson.

Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda D. Lockard on Dec. 8, 2013; a granddaughter, Amber Lynn Lazar on May 24, 1989; a great granddaughter, Eliese Faith English, on Nov. 10, 2001 and  a sister, Reita Ackley.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family with burial in St. James Cemetery, Fishing Creek Township. The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Parks-Snyder, of the Lightstreet United Methodist Church, will officiate. The McMichael Funeral Home, Inc., of Benton, is honored to serve the Johnson family.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Commonwealth Hospice, 1409 N. Market Street, Suite 202, Berwick, PA 18603. The Johnson family would like to thank the staff of the Gardens at Orangeville and Commonwealth Hospice of Berwick for their excellent care. 




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