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Rheta J Johnson

Rheta (Bruss) Johnson, a life-long resident of Union City, IN entered into Heaven’s gates on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Ball Hospital at the age of 83.

Rheta was born February 11, 1934 to Everett and Mildred (Ludy) Bruss.  She had three older brothers Robert of Omaha, NE and Roger of Union City, IN who preceded her in death and Richard who resides in Englewood, Ohio.

Rheta worked for many years at Sheller Globe in Union City.  After her retirement she fulfilled her lifelong dream of opening a fabric store, The Sewing Basket, in Union City.  She did alterations and rented tuxedos as well.  After closing her store, she worked in the cafeteria at Mississinawa Valley up into her late 70’s and still continued to sew from her home.  She helped dress many bridal parties and prom goers over the years.  In recent years, she took up quilting, even though she often commented how silly it was to take a piece of fabric, cut it into little pieces, then sew it back together.

Rheta enjoyed travelling, visiting Alaska, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, The Grand Canyon and Vermont, to name a few destinations, but her favorite place to visit was the white sands of Siesta Key, where many vacations were spent and many memories were made with her children and grandchildren.  Rheta also enjoyed having family gatherings in her home, a good glass of wine, a frozen margarita, Breyers vanilla bean ice cream, Oreo cookies, a good book, cruises around town on her usual route, swimming in her pool and sitting on her porch, but most of all she enjoyed being a grandma and memaw.

Rheta is survived by her daughter Gianna (husband Ron) Pollitt, and her grand children Kyle, Jessica and Michael (wife Madison) and great grandchildren Ava Marie and Lane Michael Pollitt, her son Greg (wife Becky) Harshman and her grand children Jay and Abby and great grandson Mason as well as her son in law Guy Leverenz and her grand daughter Chelsi.  She was preceded in death by her daughter Kathy (Harshman) Leverenz.  

Rheta is also survived by three close nieces Susan, Rachel and Ruth, her dear friend Rosie Vickery, her church family at Our Saviour Lutheran Church and the many people she has sewn for over the years. Rheta is an example of a life well lived and she will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Visitation is 4-7 P.M. Wednesday April 5th, 2017 at the Reichard Funeral Home Inc., 400 W. Deerfield Rd., Union City. Services are 10:30 A.M. Thursday April 6th, 2017 also at the Funeral Home with the Rev. Monte Poling officiating. Burial will follow in the Lisbon Cemetery.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Kathy Harshman Leverenz Memorial Scholarship Fund through the Randolph County Community Foundation, with envelopes available at the funeral home.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.reichardfh.com.

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Guestbook

I just found out about your mother yesterday.  I'm very sorry, she will be missed by many.  I loved her laugh and have many memories of eating
with her and the girls on Fri. nights.  She was one of a kind.

Carolyn Woods Apr 24 2017 12:00 AM

GIANNA, RON AND FAMILY

SUE AND I OFFER THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS AT THIS DIFFICULT TIME. YOUR MOTHER TOUCHED MANY LIVES AND WILL BE MISSED BY MANY. TIMES AHEAD WILL BE BRIGHTER AS YOU REMEMBER AND CELEBRATE HER LIFE. WISHING YOU PEACE AND COMFORT.

TIM AND SUE

TIMOTHY WELCH Apr 6 2017 12:00 AM

"A Special Lady" In God's Grace Rheta  Ginny Higgins

Ginny Higgins Apr 5 2017 12:00 AM

I am very saddened to hear this news. I want to express my sympathy for the loss of a very dear lady. She always spoke whenever we met.

Valerie Pearson Apr 4 2017 12:00 AM

So sorry!  You have my deepest sympathy.  RIP Rhetta.

John Brooks Apr 4 2017 12:00 AM

Our thoughts are with Rheta's family.  We got to know her through our friendship with Kathy, and always felt that those two were cut from the same bolt of cloth (They would both appreciate that comparison, since quilting was a hobby!)  Rheta had a wonderful sense of humor and it was always a great time when she was in the crowd.  We will miss her, but we believe that she will be getting into mischief with Kathy, laughing together again.

Bill and Ruth Yost Apr 4 2017 12:00 AM

This saddens my heart and brings back many memories. A fact of life that we all must endure, but wish we did not. A wonderful person. My prayers for the family. God Bless and keep you in this time of loss and great sorrow.

Carol (Loyd) Stapleton-Rhoades Apr 3 2017 12:00 AM

We are so sorry at your loss. she was a dear friend and we co-grandparented with her. She will be missed

James & Betty Stalcup Apr 3 2017 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss

Randi Rose Apr 3 2017 12:00 AM