THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Kay L. Johnson
Issue Date: June 14, 2017
Kay L. Johnson, 64 of Marinette, passed away Sunday, June 11, 2017 at home.
Born March 29, 1952, to the late LeVerne and Dorothy (Lauback) Johnson in Milwaukee, she graduated from Milwaukee County General Hospital School of Nursing in 1973 and earned a bachelor of business administration - hospital administration in 1986. She then obtained certification in Hyperbaric Medicine in 1987. She excelled in her field becoming an advocate for health care and an educator.
She served as a 2nd Lieutenant Army Nurse and worked at Georgia Baptist Medical Center in Atlanta, Ga. where she was one of three RNs selected to open the first hyperbaric facility in Georgia. She helped in the design, base inventory, policies, procedures and safety compliances. She later worked at the Atlanta Hyperbaric Unit and set up the original hyperbaric unit.
She married Billy "Ray" Blocker, Jr. and they later divorced, but remained close. She rescued lives of many on a cruise ship by taking control of passengers with the help of her husband.
She traced her family history back to the McShane Clan in Northern Ireland and her mother's side, the Lauback family of Budingen, Hessen, Germany. She enjoyed educating others, volunteering for the Red Cross, boating, fishing, swimming and traveling, but mostly loved nature, especially songbirds and her cats. She attended First United Methodist Church of Menominee where she sang in the choir and met a dear friend, Diane Larsen.
She is survived by a sister, Barbara (Ted) Majewski of Milwaukee; a brother, Richard Johnson; many nieces and nephews; friends, Billy "Ray" Blocker Jr. of Alpharetta, Ga., Diane Larsen of Menominee and Michelle Boucher of Stephenson and Arms of Angels Care providers, especially, Sarra Dekeyser and Angela Laack.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Graveside services with military honors will be held at Forest Home Cemetery on Friday, June 16 at noon. Thielen Funeral Home of Marinette is assisting the family.