Obituary for Karina Michelle Johnson

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Karina Michelle Johnson

April 14, 1974 - May 18, 2017

Karina Michelle Johnson, 43, of Decatur, passed away on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1 PM on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Newell Chapel, 83313 M-51, Decatur, MI with Pastor Tim Mathis officiating. Family will receive friends two hours prior to the service from 11 AM-1 PM. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the family. Those wishing to leave a condolence or sign the guest book online may do so at

Karina was born on April 14, 1974, to Fred and Patricia Kistner in Dowagiac, MI. On April 29, 1995, she married Geoff Johnson in Dowagiac, MI. Karina graduated from Dowagiac High School. She then received her Associates from Lake Michigan College and Bachelors from Western Michigan University. Karina and Geoff were long time members of Victory Missionary Baptist Church in Decatur. She played the piano at church for several years and would often perform clarinet duets with Geoff.

Karina is survived by her husband of 22 years, Geoff; parents, Fred and Patricia Kistner; parent-in-laws, George and Velma Johnson; brother, Aaron (Alaina) Kistner; sister, Tanya Settle; brother-in-law, Greg (Stacy) Johnson; nieces and nephews, Elizabeth and Austin Kistner, Jordan Frizzo and Eluvia Johnson and great-nieces, Charleigh and Lennox Fennell.


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Visitation Information

Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017

Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Newell Chapel


83313 M-51
Decatur, Michigan 49045

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Service Information

Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017

Time: 1:00 pm

Newell Chapel


83313 M-51
Decatur, Michigan 49045

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Memorial Information

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the family


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Timeline for Karina Michelle Johnson

Born: April 14, 1974
September 1, 1989
Karina on Dowagiac’s very first varsity soccer team.
Karina on Dowagiac’s very first varsity soccer team.
Died: May 18, 2017

Condolences for Karina Michelle Johnson

Jennifer & Richard Groller posted on 5/25/17

Sending all are prayers to you and all of your loved ones .Karina will be missed by all. She was a sister toe and and to my husband.


Kirk and Joni Patzer posted on 5/25/17

Pat, Fred, and family: Our deepest condolences to all of you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.


Shirley Myers posted on 5/25/17

So sorry to hear about your daughter.


Veradea Johnson posted on 5/25/17

Fred and Pat I'm so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and the family. She will be greatly missed by all. God received an angle.


Tammy Russell posted on 5/25/17

I have known Karina from band in High School. We hung out a lot during lunch and even shared moments with the band going places. I'll never forget the trip to Florida. I wish we hung out more and you will be greatly missed. You was a terrific friend. I'm going to miss you.


Trent Hutchings posted on 5/24/17

The world lost a truly wonderful soul in Karina. Her friendship meant the world to me, and I will forever miss our chats, getting together with her for dinner, or special moments such as birthdays or holidays. Every moment shared was special, and they are memories I will hold on to always. I'll miss you.


Ashley Wagel posted on 5/24/17

My prayers to the family. I am so saddened by this loss. Karina played soccer for me when we were starting the sport in Dowagiac. She always gave great effort. A genuinely nice person. Rest In Peace now sister in Christ.


Mary Ownby posted on 5/23/17

I was so sorry to learn of Karina's passing. I remember Karina as always having a smile. In high school she was a talented member of the Dowagiac band. My deepest sympathy goes to her husband and family.