November 2, 2023

Romelle Althea Johnson

Romelle Althea (Swanson) Johnson of Lincoln was born on March 20, 1940, to Lawrence and Winnie (Johansen) Swanson. She earned her heavenly wings on October 31, 2023. She was born at the Seward Memorial Hospital and stayed 10 days for the cost of $40.00. Romelle grew up on a farm near Staplehurst, Nebraska. She graduated from Seward High School in 1957. She moved to Seattle, Washington for a short time and returned to Lincoln. She married Richard E. (Dick) Johnson in 1970.

Romelle loved music and sang with the Sweet Adelines chorus group in Lincoln for many years. She had a beautiful voice. She was a huge fan of NASCAR racing and #48 Jimmy Johnson. She was also a Kansas Chiefs fan, Kansas City Royals fan, and loved her Huskers. She was teased mercilessly by her brothers in law, Murvil and Alvin, Jr. She was a secretary for many years for a Lincoln attorney. She was a member of First Evangelical Covenant Church and sang in the choir for many years. She was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 1985 and lived the rest of her life in continuous pain, but rarely complained. She always tried to look at the sunny side of life.

Romelle was very proud of her Danish heritage. In 1985, she traveled with her sisters to Denmark to meet their Danish cousins. They also traveled to other European countries at that time. Romelle and Dick liked to travel as she often spoke of her wonderful trip to Hawaii with Dick. She was proud to be the wife of a shrine clown and traveled and supported Dick with his clowning and magic endeavors.

She was a member of Shrine Widows Association, the Arthritis Foundation and NAMI.

Romelle was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dick Johnson (2001); sisters and brothers in law, Lucille (Murvil) Daehling and Shirley (Alvin, Jr.) Herrold; nephew, Russell Herrold; and son in law, Kenny Sanders.

She is survived by her children, Tamra Sanders of Lincoln, Jay Johnson and friend, Juli MannLamb of Lincoln; step daughter, Debbie (Mark) Haas, Douglas Johnson of San Jose, CA; nephews, nieces, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 6, at First Evangelical Covenant Church, 6024 L St, Lincoln. Memorials to Arthritis Foundation or First Evangelical Covenant. Condolences and further info at

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  1. I knew Romelle and was very close to her. She was an angel on earth, now she is an angel in Heaven reunited with her husband. She did love her NASCAR, Jimmie Johnson was her absolute favorite. I remember during a race she would always be in her bed with her JJ t-shirt, earrings and necklace and her JJ fleece blanket whooping and cheering him on. It was so precious. Rest in peace sweet Romelle.


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