Born November 4, 1956, in Lansing, Michigan, our dearly loved sister and mother, Johanna Workman (a.k.a. Jones) passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 3, 2023, at the age of 66, at Sparrow Hospital with her family and community of friends holding her in their hearts and surrounding her with love.
Johanna was the daughter of Robert L. Fitzke and Joycelyn and Harold Sheffer.
Surviving are her son, Jacob Johnson and his children Ezekiel Graham, Sofia Graham, and Elijah Graham-Johnson; son, Matthew Workman and his children, Dakota, Maddie, Jaxon, and Ariel; step-daughter, Sarah (Jason) Check and their daughter, Abby; step-daughter, Anna James and her son, Dion; step-daughter, Laura Workman and her children Nate and Gabe; brother, Robert J. Fitzke (DeAnne Loll) and their son Matthew Fitzke-Loll; and brother, David (Linda) Fitzke and their daughter, Angela Fitzke.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William “Bill” Workman.
Johanna received her associate degree from LCC, her bachelor’s degree in English from Michigan State University (MSU), and her master’s in Social Work from MSU. In the past, Johanna had worked as a legal aid but for the past sixteen years she worked as a Bereavement Coordinator for Heartland Hospice (now Promedica). As a Bereavement specialist, Johanna used her kindness and unlimited patience to help people navigate their lives after the death of loved family members or friends. She truly loved the work she did and considered her position an honor. The metaphor of a pebble tossed into a pond and the circular ripple that continues to widen is a perfect one for our wonderful Johanna. She was the pebble and the wider the circular ripple became, the more people Johanna touched. She will never know how many painful lives and lost souls she helped to ease over the years. Johanna was a very talented writer, enjoyed traveling, listening to music, and reading. She will be remembered fondly as an adoring grandmother. We will hold her in our hearts forever and know she is sitting in a lounge chair on a beach somewhere in the sunshine.
A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date.
Those who wish, may make a memorial contribution in memory of Johanna, to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.