Johanna Emilie Fischer Krahn Peterson, 78, passed away on May 4, 2019, at her home in Cabool, Missouri.
She was born on September 14, 1941, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Emil Richard and Johanna Margaretha (Ruppert) Fischer who were German immigrants.
Johanna attended school in Philadelphia where it was difficult to be accepted as a German-speaking student. Although she was placed in special classes due to her inability to speak English, she completed grade school and then graduated in January 1959 from Mastbaum Vocational Technical School as a commercial stenographer.
An accomplished businesswoman, Johnna worked at many places during her long career, including Blessed John Neumann Nursing Home as comptroller; Ed Roth insurance agency as an office manager and underwriter; Dickstein Associates Manahawkin as a commissioned broker; Coast to Coast-Atlantic City manager; and also worked as an insurance secretary, underwriter and licensed broker for a marine/boatyard insurance agency that she and her husband, Bob, owned. She served as the operations manager for the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey from 1971-1991 at the same time she was affiliated with the boatyard insurance agency. She then worked in computer business and business sales at Mac Warehouse from 1992-2001, and finally at Commerce Bank/TD as a customer service manager from 2003-2012. She was the founding president of the Atlantic County Chapter of the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners and also served as treasurer of the Ocean County Chapter of Independent Insurance Agents Association.
Johanna married Robert “Bob” Raymond Paul (1960 -1963) and to this union two children were born: Robert “Bob” William Paul and Linda Susan Paul Peters. She married William Stanley Rosenthal (1965-1971) and then married Helmut Krahn (1982-2003). She married Richard (Pete) Peterson on December 13, 2014, and they moved to Elk Creek, Missouri, in August 2015, where her daughter, Linda, had purchased a home. They later moved into the city of Cabool to their present home on Elmore Street where Johanna told all her friends and neighbors that she was so happy and felt so welcomed and loved in her new hometown that she intended to live there until she died. She was a member of Cabool Christian Church and also enjoyed attending Mt. Pisgah Freewill Baptist Church on Sunday nights to sing traditional hymns and enjoy the fellowship.
Although Johanna loved her new Cabool hometown, she was a Jersey girl through and through. She loved to tell stories about the Jersey Shore and the wonderful times she spent there. This past Christmas 2018, she shared some of her special Jersey Shore Van Holten’s salt water taffy with many friends as a loving gift to them all.
Johanna was saved at an Easter sunrise service at the age of 12 and spent the rest of her life serving her Lord. She loved God; loved the outdoors; and loved many animals and had many pets throughout her lifetime including dogs, cats, a duck and a parakeet.
Johanna had a special love for people. She would always take the time to do many small things to make a person feel special. She delighted in visiting with others and was always asking what she could do for someone else – even when she was fighting her own battle with cancer. Johanna would check on others and offer prayer and hope in her texts, emails, or in her own words. Johanna’s giving spirit had no end.
Johanna’s health struggles began in earnest on October 25, 2018, when she was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in her abdomen and back as well as a lump in her breast. Hospice caregivers treated her with care and dignity since November 1, 2018.
In addition to her parents, Johanna was preceded in death by her sister, Elsie Helen “Ivy” Fischer Stone, and a husband, Helmut.
She is survived by her husband, Pete of the home; her son, Robert and wife Robin of New Jersey; her daughter, Linda of Elk Creek; four grandchildren, Rachel and Ryan Paul and Chelsea and Sean Peters; and many friends.
Memorial services will be held at Cabool Christian Church, 620 Pine Avenue, Cabool, Missouri on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.. A second memorial service is planned for family and friends in New Jersey. She will be buried by her parents in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.