Josephine Johansen, age 80 of Myrtle Beach, ascended to Heaven May 10,
2015. She was born to the late Peter and Frances Miceli on August 11, 1934.
She was a light that guided her entire family throughout her life.
Josephine grew up in the town of South Beach, Staten Island, New York.
She graduated as valedictorian from McKee Career and Technical Education
High School in Staten Island, and was wed to John Joseph “Jack” Johansen
on June 22, 1952.
Prior to her marriage, she was employed by Weissglass Dairy, but went
on to excel as a legal assistant with the Perry and Blum Law Firm of Freehold,
New Jersey. However, when Josephine and Jack became proud parents, Josephine’s
life was then lovingly dedicated exclusively to the care and nurturing
of her family. She and their children accompanied Jack on his U.S. Army
postings, including Texas and Georgia, settling in Howell, New Jersey.
A devout Christian and example to the Faith, she was a member of the
Freehold Assembly of God in Freehold, New Jersey for many years. The Johansens
moved to Myrtle Beach in 1985. Soon after she became an adored member of
the South Strand Assembly of God in Murrells Inlet. During her Christian
life, she played the church organ, was a Sunday school teacher, inspired
others with her sermons, and served on several mission trips to impoverished
areas outside the United States helping with the construction of churches
and bringing both physical and spiritual aid to many.
Josephine had a passion for cooking and discussing/sharing her family
recipes with her children and grandchildren. An artist in the kitchen,
the magic and fellowship of family dinners were joyous celebrations.
She was an enthusiastic Atlanta Braves sports fan and took delight
in watching the games on TV.
Josephine is survived by her husband, John Joseph “Jack” Johansen of
Myrtle Beach, and their three children: John Johansen (and wife Lisa) of
Murrells Inlet, Jennifer Garrett (and husband Edward) of Murrells Inlet,
and Dorie Bermas (and husband Nelson) of Lexington, South Carolina. She
is also survived by eight grandchildren, Linda Nicole Johansen (and fiancé
Tony Johnson), Sean Jonathan Johansen (and wife Brandee), John Joseph Johansen,
Jason Edward Garrett, Cassandra Josephine Garrett (and fiancé Chris
Curran), Aden Peter Bermas, Luke Nelson Bermas, and Jolie Francesca Bermas;
and four great- grandchildren, Josephine Sofia-Francesca Johansen, Ainsley
Jo Garrett, Asher Dominick Johansen and Laila Ann Johansen. A fifth great-grandchild,
Atticus Thomas Johnson, will arrive in September.
In addition to her parents, Josephine was preceded to Heaven by her
beloved sister, Jeanette Lanza. She is survived by four much- loved siblings,
Serena Pitre, Peter Miceli, Francine Campbell, and Jack Miceli. She also
leaves numerous, cherished nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on May 13th at the South Strand
Assembly of God, 3507 U.S.-17 Business, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.
Doors will be open for seating at 6:30 p.m. The service will commence promptly
at 7:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorial donations be made
to Tidelands Community Hospice House, 2591 N. Fraser Street, Georgetown,
Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see
your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.
McKenzie Funeral Home is Honored to Serve the Johansen Family.