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Virginia Jean 'Ginney' Johnson

IRONWOOD, Mich. - Virginia Jean "Ginney" Johnson, 79, passed away on June 13, 2023.

She was born on Feb. 12, 1944, to Eino and Mary (Benetti) Turunen, grew up in Ironwood, and graduated from St. Ambrose Catholic High School in 1962. She joined The Holy Family Convent in southern Wisconsin post high school. Subsequently, she studied at the University of Michigan and worked for Ironwood pharmacy for a period of time before marrying Arch Johnson in 1969.

She loved to spend time with her family and have them visit, even though they lived a distance away. She enjoyed making Italian meals for her family and even taught her stepgrandson how to make raviolis from scratch.

She is survived by her former husband, Arch Johnson; and their three children. Her children are Jennifer Johnson of Studio City, California, Jeff (Melissa) Johnson of West Olive, Michigan, and Julie (Jeff) Riser of Bloomington, Minnesota. Viginia is survived by her grandchildren, Eva Johnson, Jonathan Riser, Grace VanBeveren and Jacob VanBeveren. Other survivors include her sister, Elisabeth Hughes; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Virginia was proceeded in death by her parents, Eino Turunen and Mary (Benetti) Turunen; and her sister, KatherineDuss.

A funeral will be held at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Ironwood on June 28, with visitation at 10 a.m. and Mass at 11 a,m. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Ironwood.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Lung Association.

The family has chosen McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home in Ironwood to honor Virginia's legacy of life. To make an online condolence or for more information visit