Albertje C. Johnson
The earth shook a little on April 5, 2017 as a strong force rose up to the heavens and Albertje (“Aly”) C. Vos Johnson left us to be with Our Father.
Aly was born on April 30, 1931 in Alteveer, Onstwedde, Groningen, the Netherlands. There she grew up strong and resilient along with her nine siblings during the Nazi occupation of Holland.
After the war Aly trained as a Licensed Practical Nurse and worked with children in refugee camps in France and Austria. At age 27 her missionary work took her to Dutch New Guinea, where she helped the Dutch government and the Protestant Church establish a home for abandoned children.
Aly’s wandering spirit next brought her to London, England to work as a nanny, and then on to Chicago, Illinois. There she married and started her own family, ultimately settling in Akron, Ohio
Aly devoted herself to raising her three children, to God, and to serving humanity. She volunteered at her children’s schools, in Scouts and her church, and for the Dutch consulate as an interpreter for non-English speaking Dutch prisoners in the Ohio prison system.
In 2008 Aly moved with her daughter’s family to Bellingham, Washington, where she joyfully lived out her life as “Oma” to her grandson and his friends. Aly remained an active member of Christ the King Church until her passing.
Her son, Jonathan, preceded Aly in death. Survivors include her son Joël Johnson of Akron and daughter Elizabeth (Jeff) Christner of Bellingham, grandchildren Kaia Johnson, Bradford Johnson and Nathan Christner, great-grandson Noah Johnson, family in Holland, and many beloved friends.
Donations can be made to Whatcom Hospice House in Aly’s name.