Sharon Johnson

Sharon M. Johnson (Van Driel)

Thursday, December 6th, 1945 - Saturday, September 14th, 2019
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Sharon M.Johnson (Van Driel), age 73 of Dutton, MI entered her heavenly home on Saturday, September 14, 2019. She was born December 6, 1945 to John and Helen (Cornell) Van Driel.

Sharon is survived by her husband of 54 years, Arlie Jay Johnson and their children Brian Johnson, Stacey and Erika Johnson and Jennifer Johnson/Mark Walma. Sharon has 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She will also be remembered by her “adopted” kids, Donnie and Sue Eakins and their two children. She was a second mom to many, many friends of her children.

Besides the love she had for her family, she also loved Bangladesh and the people. She packed barrels with medical supplies and shipped them to Bangladesh for over 45 years. She also worked with Bangla Ministries Worldwide – Bangladesh for approximately 20 years. She supported missionaries with prayer and was active with the Women’s Missionary Union. She was active with the AWANA program at church over 40 years. For over 20 years, she worked with New Creations Ministry. She loved to support her children and grandchildren by being active with PTO, FFA, band and sports activities during their school days and beyond.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, John and Helen Van Driel as well as her little brother, Freddie.

There will be a time of visitation with the family at Good News Baptist Church 6830 Eastern Ave. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49508 from 10 am to 11 am on Saturday, September 28, 2019 with the service following at 11 am. Pastor Brian Cederquist will be presiding.

In lieu of gifts or flowers, donations can be made in her name to Memorial Christian Hospital. Checks made payable to ABWE and mailed to ABWE PO Box 8585 Harrisburg, PA 17105 with a note to state In Memory of Sharon Johnson or you can give online at The project number is 0771501. In the field that allows Additional Donation Details, please provide In Memory of Sharon Johnson.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, September 28th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, September 28th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Good News Baptist Church
    6830 Eastern Ave. SE
    Grand Rapids, Michigan 49508
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, September 28th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, September 28th, 2019 11:00am
    Good News Baptist Church
    6830 Eastern Ave. SE
    Grand Rapids, Michigan 49508
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Gail Hull

Posted at 01:14pm
I am very sorry to hear of Sharon's passing. I've worked with her and Jay for over 15 years in the shipping of the containers to Bangladesh. She was such a patient, sweet, kind, compassionate person. Please accept my condolences Jay, and the rest of the family. Glad to know that she's in heaven!
Gail Hull

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