Johanna Vinson 1932 – 2018

Johanna Vinson passed away March 5, at Pioneer Care in Dillon. She was 85.

Johanna was born October 2, 1932, in Kulmbach, Germany.Losing her father in Italy during WWII, she grew up with her mother and four siblings in the not-so-pleasant times. At the age of 14, she went to work in a factory in Germany to help support her family.

In 1951, she met a U.S. soldier, Robert Vinson, and fell in love, starting a new chapter in her life. Johanna and Bob moved to the U.S. in 1952 to start their new life together. Johanna was proud to become a U.S. citizen under the direction of Michigan Governor George C. Romney. She was so proud to now be an American citizen.

From 1952 through 1956, Johanna brought four healthy boys into their lives and became the world's best mother and homemaker. Always a smile for everyone, even up to her last days. Johanna lost her loving husband of 30 years in 1982. She spent the last 30 years bringing joy to the lives of everyone around her.

Johanna is survived by: her sister, Sigi Morris (Don), of Independence, MO; sons Brian (Carol), of Dillon, MT, Mike (Joanne), of Hardy Creek, MT, Bobby (Sherry), of Vancouver, WA, Rory, of Lewiston, ID; Vicki Vinson, of Spokane Valley, WA; grandchildren Matthew Vinson (Stephanie), of Dillon, MT, Holly Tonhofer (Mark), of Elk, WA, Benny Vinson, of Denver, CO, Amanda Vinson, of Cascade, MT, Brian Charles Vinson, of FL, and Noelle Vinson of Vancouver, WA; along with seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Robert; parents Hans and Katarina; brother Hans; and sisters Ilsa and Margo.

A memorial service will be held Friday, March 9, at 11 a.m. at St James Episcopal Church, with a luncheon to follow. Donations may be made to the St James Episcopal Church youth program or of donor's choice. Guestbook available online at