Johanna Land Reedy

Johanna with Judith and Skip; passport photo 1946, before shipping off to Yap

After living a full life of 90 years, Johanna Land Reedy died in Redmond, WA on May 11, 2010. Johanna was born on November 21, 1919 in Evansville, Indiana to John Frederick Land and Elsa M. Niednagel.

Easter in Carmi, 1957 (Judith, John, Johanna and Skip)

At the age of four, Johanna’s mother died and she was then lovingly raised by her aunt and uncle, Henry and Minnie Land in Omaha, Illinois.

On September 3, 1938, Johanna married Howard M. Reedy in Carmi, Illinois where they raised their three children, Judith Ann, Skip and John C. Reedy. Moving to Ventura, California in 1958, the family started their West Coast life. Johanna worked several years as secretary to the Superintendent of Schools, Ventura County.

Christmas dinner, Cascade Plaza 2008 (Judith, John, Johanna and Skip)

A few years after her husband Howard died in 1966, Johanna moved to the state of Washington to be near her daughter Judith and her three grandsons, David, John and Mark Peden.

Johanna loved to walk every day (with Skip in Redmond, 2007)

During the 28 years Johanna and Howard were married they had some interesting travels, moving from Illinois to Southern California during World War II and then after the War spending several months on the Island of Yap in the South Pacific where Howard was assigned with the US Navy as part of the South Pacific island government.

Johanna waves goodbye

Johanna is survived by her daughter, two sons, four grandsons and three great grandchildren.

Family and friends remember Johanna as a very independent person who was especially nurturing and caring, while enriching the lives of whomever she met. She was active in the Methodist Church wherever her travels took her.

One Response to “Johanna Land Reedy”

  • Virginia Wooley Lappin says:

    For many years I’ve searched for the whereabouts of Johanna Reedy. Since the computer age, I’ve tried over and over to find her, since we lived next door to she and her family back in the early 50’s. After the first day of school for my 6 year old daughter, Skipper volunteered to walk her to and from school each day to see she returned home safely. For all these kind acts of Johanna and family, I have always had such warm affections for them throughout the years. We enjoyed living next door to them, even though it was such a brief time, and have never forgotten them. My last contact with Johanna was in 1969 and lost contact with her soon after. I’m so sorry I couldn’t have found information about her sooner, so we might have been able to continue our longtime friendship. I’m not sure Judy or Skipper will remember us as they were young children and John was just a baby. Just hope they will receive this message and my deepest sympathy for their great loss for such a wonderful Lady and Mother.
    Virginia Wooley Lappin at 1812 Pine St., Eldorado, Illinois 62930

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