Coman-Johnson, Cleota

Posted in Obituaries

Cleota A. Coman-Johnson, 90, of Bryan, Ohio, died March 26, 2014, at Genesis Healthcare in Bryan.

She was born Sept. 12, 1923, in Ransom Township, Mich., the daughter of the late Harold and Veryl (Mason) Watts. She married Richard F. Coman on July 26, 1942, in Ransom, and he preceded her in death in 1960. She later married Herbert Johnson in 1963, in Eldorado, Ill., and he also preceded her in death in 1991.

Cleota attended grade school in Ransom and graduated from Waldron High School in 1941. She and Richard lived their early married life in San Francisco, Calif., while Richard served in the U.S. Army. They later both worked for Victor Equipment Co., which transferred them to their Chicago office in 1955. Following Richard’s death, Cleota took a job with the Markham/Harvey Star Newspaper in Markham, Ill., where she wrote all of the Markham local news in her column titled, “Around Markham.”

From her earliest days, music was one of her main interests in life. She sang with her younger brother Richard at various functions around Hillsdale County, Mich., and later in life joined the Markham Village Players, a local theater group where she appeared in several musicals over the course of 20 years. One of her proudest achievements was singing for the servicemen at the Great Lakes Naval Station.

Following the death of her second husband, Cleota moved to Bryan where she enjoyed the city band concerts in the summer.

In addition to her parents and husbands, Cleo was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Watts.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at the Betzer Community Church in Camden, Mich., with Pastor Kim Repp officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Ransom Township. Visitation is scheduled one hour preceding the service at the church.

Arrangements were made with Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Betzer Community Church.

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