Formerly of Waterloo

September 1, 1924-

March 2, 2014

Mary Rosalee (Cooley) Johnson, 89, formerly of Waterloo, died Sunday, March 2, at Park View Manor in Reinbeck, IA.

Rosalee was born September 1, 1924, to Oliver Lucy Mae and Oliver Edward Cooley. She graduated from Audobon High School in 1941 and attended Simpson College for one year, marrying Loyd A. Johnson, of Coon Rapids, July 4, 1944, in Nevada, Iowa. She and Loyd celebrated 57 years of marriage before Loyd’s death in April 2002. Rosalee was employed in legal and public school secretarial positions, prior to completing a bachelor’s degree with Simpson College. She taught English in the Dumont school for several years before retiring from teaching. Rosalee lived her Christian faith in many ways. She attended various United Methodist churches across Iowa. She also shared her vocal and piano playing talent in a variety of ways. Most of all she was a devoted Mother and home-maker, bringing the delights of home-cooking, African violets, holidays, the game of bridge, a cup of coffee and Avon products to family and friends. Mother’s smile and sweet disposition was evident and reflected in public, family and church settings. Rosalee was also a long-time golfing companion to family and friends. She was very gifted with a sewing machine, thread and needle, and an avid reader.

She is survived by son Loyd E., of Nashua, and daughter Rosemary (Steve)Fenton, of Waterloo; six grandchildren—Franchesca(Jon)Cook of Kirksville, MO, Joshua(Yasmine), of Fredericksburg, VA, Rebekah (Nick)Neuendorf, of Swisher, IA Joy(Stacey)Parker, of Strongsville, OH, Noel Fenton, of Cleveland, OH, Emily Fenton, of Iowa City; and seven, soon-to-be eight, great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Loyd, her brother, Wayne Cooley, and her parents. Family and friends will gather in worship and fellowship Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 10:30 a.m., with Kimball Avenue United Methodist Church, 1207 Kimball Ave, Waterloo, officiated by Pastor Karen Larson and the family, leading remembrance and worship. Lunch follows.

Greetings may be left at and a memorial may be designated for "College-Bound Scholarship to Teach English", administered by family.