At a later date
Paula Steen Johnson, age 71, died on August 22, 2016
at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Paula is
survived by her daughter Jennifer "Jamie" (Gerry)
Valle of Richmond, CA, sister Sherilyn Marie Meiners
of Anchor, brothers Leonard Paul Steen and Laurence
Phillip Steen, both of Rock Falls, and beloved
feline companion, Lunatic (aka Luna). She was
preceded in death by her parents; one brother,
Charles Steen, and one sister Karen Steen Cogswell.
Paula was born on March 28, 1945 to Paul Oscar Steen
and Eva Hockenjos Steen in Salinas, California. She
lived much of her life in Emden before attending
college at University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
Paula married Roger Laverne Johnson on June 12,
1966. She earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in
1967. She went on to work in a veterinary clinic in
Monticello. Their only daughter, Jennifer, was born
in 1972. Paula moved with her family to Solana
Beach, California in 1977 and she soon opened her
own veterinary practice there which she ran for over
Paula returned to Illinois to care for her father in
2004. Following his passing, she was semi-retired
and worked and lived in Lincoln, before fully
retiring in 2011.
Paula loved animals, sewing and quilting, and
reading books. She will be missed by many who loved
The family would like to extend a very special thank
you to Viki George who was both a good friend to
Paula and who took excellent care of her in her
Cremation rites will be accorded and a service will
be held on a later date.
Memorial donations may be made in Paulaís name to
the donorís favorite humane society or animal rescue
Services have been entrusted to
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.
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