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Claudena D. "Polly" Johnson

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

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Claudena D. "Polly" Johnson, 84, formerly of Saline City, passed away at Cloverleaf Healthcare Facility Jan. 18, 2011.

Polly was born Jan. 29, 1926, the daughter of Irene Neiswinger Persinger. She was raised by her mother and stepfather, Grover Persinger. She grew up in Saline City and attended Ashboro School.

In June 1941, she married Max Jr. Johnson. Together they had two sons, Terry and Robert. During Jr's enlistment, they lived in Pennsylvania, then back to Indiana. They raised their two sons in Jasonville, Ind.

Polly worked in a local factory and then the Bloomfield Courthouse for several years.

Following the birth of their first grandchild, they decided to move to Terre Haute to be near their children.

Polly worked at Terre Haute Savings Bank, retiring in the late 1980's. She and Jr. built a new home on a lake at rural Center Point. They enjoyed traveling to Florida to visit their son Bob and his family, and to Colorado to visit the grandchildren.

After her husband passed away, Polly moved back to Saline to be near family and friends. She enjoyed working the Saline Picnic Association each year.

Polly was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was an excellent cook and homemaker. She loved Bible Study and attending church.

Survivors include her sons Terry (Jane), Brazil, Bob (Trudy), Florida, grandchildren Marty Johnson, Terre Haute, Rob Johnson, Brazil, Tracy Johnson, Los Angeles, and great-grandson Josiah Maki, Florida, half-sister Debbi Reed, three half-brothers Dick Persinger and family, Ralph Persinger and family, and Larry Persinger and family, cousin Pat Davi, Colo., three sisters-in-law Joan (Max) Persinger, Shirley (Marvin) Lunsford and Vaunda Johnson, and many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Polly was preceded in death by her husband, granddaughter Kelly Johnson Maki and her parents.

Polly was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.

Services will be held Friday, at 2 p.m., at French Funeral Home, with Pastor Tom Roeschlein officiating. Burial will follow at Summit Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, from noon-2 p.m.

Light a candle in her memory at www.frenchfuneralhome.com.