Carol Spinnler Johnson of Hendersonville, NC went to be with Jesus on September 27, 2017 while being cared for at The University of Iowa Hospital.
Carol was born in Greenwood, SC on October 14, 1932 to Frank Joseph Spinnler and Sara Lanford Spinnler. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter Catherine (Cate) Johnson in 1998, and then by Walter on November 3, 2015 to whom she had been happily married for 60 years,
She grew up in SC and then the family relocated to what is now known as Spinnler Point on the shore of Lake Waulenpaupack in Pennsylvania. There she enjoyed her teenage years and graduated from Hawley High School.
Carol went on to attend the Flower-Fifth Avenue School of Nursing, New York Medical College graduating in 1953. This was followed by a stint working at New York Hospital in the pre-natal unit before attending Adelphi University where Carol graduated with a BSN in 1955 and worked as a clinical instructor in pediatrics. In that same year she married Walter H. Johnson, a high school teacher and native of Long Island. Their first year of marriage was spent in Germany where Walter served as an MP in the US Army.
After moving back to Long Island, NY, they settled first in Levittown and then moved to West Sayville where they raised their four children, sons – Eric and David and daughters – Donna and Cate. During this time, Carol gave herself completely to the task of child raising, while also caring for her mother who resided in their home. Her children can tell you, she was a fantastic, caring mom. Her faith and love for God steered her life. She was a faithful prayer warrior for her children and, later, for her grandchildren. She taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School classes and led neighborhood Bible Studies.
Carol was very hospitable in sharing her home and meals with others. She also volunteered significant time to an organization that provided assistance to local people in need. When the children were old enough, she re-entered the workforce, working part time for ten years for a family doctor and taking on hospital and private duty jobs in various locations on Long Island. She provided compassionate care to many. It was more than a job to her, it was a ministry. Following Walter’s retirement from teaching, the couple moved to Hendersonville, NC. There Carol continued serving others, volunteering with the Red Cross and Hospice Respite Care and working part-time at the Givens Estate Nursing Home until she officially retired.
She is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law, Eric and Jane Johnson and David and Jeanne Johnson; daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Arnold Spitzer; eight grandchildren, Laura, Lydia, Daniel, Matthew (wife Beth), Elizabeth and Wesley Johnson, Rachel Knouff (husband Phillip) and Karen Spitzer; and two great-grandchildren, Eli and Alaina Knouff.