Wanda Mae (Thorn dyke) Johnson, 78, died in the Good Shepherd Hospice House on May 28, 2014, in the presence of her husband and children.
She was born in Pontiac, Ill., on Feb. 26, 1936, the daughter of John Joseph and Hilda Florence (Freiden) Thorndyke. Wanda grew up on the family farm near Charlotte, Ill., and attended a one room rural school there. She was active in 4-H and once showed sheep in the International Livestock Exposition in Chicago. She attended Saunemin Township High School and graduated as class valedictorian in 1954.<
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