Sylvia Johnson, 63 of Helenville, passed away on Monday, October 28, 2019 at Angels Grace Hospice Center of Oconomowoc.
Sylvia was born on August 25, 1956 in Milwaukee, WI, the daughter of Raymond and Lillian (Wojnicz) Johnson. She is a 1975 graduate of Whitnall High School in Hales Corners and later earned an associate degree in Police Science. In 1979 she graduated from the City of Milwaukee Police Academy and started her 25-year career. Areas within the department in which she worked were patrol, Vice, Juvenile, and finally retiring as a Detective in the Violent Crimes Unit in 2004. After her retirement, Sylvia moved to her hobby farm in Helenville. She enjoyed gardening and earned the title of Master Gardener. Sylvia loved her animals and had several goats and was dedicated to caring for her cats. Sylvia was a talented artist and created beautiful stained glass and many pieces of jewelry that she sold at local art shows. She also enjoyed working at Ron’s Helenville BP and established friendships with many of the patrons. In recent years, Sylvia developed a passion for yoga. Her interests were vast, her talents were many, and she will be deeply missed.
She is survived by: her partner of nearly 20 years David Varsos of Helenville; siblings Mark Johnson of Hales Corners, Arthur (Maria) GallardoJohnson of Rochester, MN, Stephen Johnson of Milwaukee, Rachel (Brian) LeBansky of Austin, TX, and Maria Pellerin of Milwaukee; 6 nieces and nephews Nathen, Shanice, Shauntay, Monica, Brandon, and Sara. She is also survived by a number of other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by parents and sister Christine Johnson and Jessica Johnson.
An Open House in Sylvia’s honor will be from 2:00PM – 5:00PM on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at the Olsen-Gibson Funeral Home of Jefferson, with Police Honors and a Time of Sharing starting at 5:00PM.
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