Hastings resident Leah Ann Johnson, 85, passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at Tiffany Square, Grand Island, NE.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 19, at Butler Volland Chapel in Hastings with Pastor Paul Ozbun officiating. Burial will be at Parkview Cemetery in Hastings. Memorials may be given to the family for a memorial to be established at a later date. The service will be live-streamed on Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home’s website. To view the service, go to Leah’s obituary and click the play button shown towards the bottom of the page. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.lbvfh.com. Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the family.

Leah was born October 7, 1938, in Holdrege, NE to Emos John and Helena Margaret (Bunger) Garrelts. Growing up Leah lived near Wilcox, Bloomington, Macon, Holstein, and Hastings. She graduated from Holstein High School in 1956. Leah Married Laurence R. Johnson on June 19, 1956 in Holstein. She is a member of Fraternal Order of the EAGLES Auxilary 592 (Past President) and the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd.

Leah was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Laurence R. Johnson; daughter, Marilyn Mae Flesner-Alexander; brother, Paul E. Garrelts; sister and brother-in-law, Miriam E. and Ivan Gellermann; Son-in-law, Ed Thiel.


Children & Spouses: JoAnn & Bill Kucera – Ravenna, NE

Larry Johnson – Omaha, NE

Cheryl Thiel – Hastings, NE

Kenneth & Alicia Johnson – Colorado

Grandchildren & Spouses: Stacy (Kucera) & Randy Paitz Elizabeth (Flesner) Morris

Miranda Thiel

Timothy & Kris Flesner

Ryan & Denise Kucera

Jeffrey Thiel

Joseph & Anna Johnson

Karrie & David Huryta

Natasha & William Falkenklev

Emilea Flesner

Thomas Johnson

Courtney Thiel

Zoe Johnson

David & Brittney Flesner

Tara & Dawson Porter

Amy & Caleb Wilford

ChristiAna & Michael Wallace

Benjamin Thiel

Noah Thiel

Great-Grandchildren: 33

Sister & Brother-in-law: Susan & Wayne Brockmier

Sister-in-law: Olivia

Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, and Special Friends