Sally Van Buskirk was born Dec. 18, 1934, in Woodbury County, the daughter of Melvin and Edna (Simons) Van Buskirk. She graduated from Kingsley High School in 1952.
In high school, Sally met the love of her life, Dale Johnson. They were united in marriage on June 6, 1953 at the Kingsley United Methodist Church. Sally and Dale made their home on the Johnson family farm north of Kingsley. Together they farmed and raised their family. Along with farming, Sally raised sheep, gardened and canned.
She also helped her children with their 4-H projects and coached the drill team at the Kingsley High School for several years.
In later years, Sally took a position with Western Iowa Technical Community College. She was the coordinator of continuing education for the emergency medical services field. Along with her position at WIT she was an EMT with the Kingsley Ambulance as well as an instructor. During this time she also worked part-time at M&L Clothing in Kingsley.
Sally was an active member of Kingsley United Methodist Church. She was a longtime choir member, participated in United Methodist Women and quilted for missions.
She was community minded and volunteered for numerous projects and committees in Kingsley.
Sally and Dale were founding members of the Rocking K Saddle Club and enjoyed square dancing. She served on the Kingsley 125th Centennial committee and assisted with gathering the information for the directory.
Sally's artwork can be found throughout the Kingsley area through paintings and murals. She also helped coordinate the Polar Express children's train at Christmas celebrations.
Above all, Sally lived her life through her children and always put them first.
She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Kerri Dale Bainbridge of Kingsley; her son, Kent LeRoy Johnson and his wife, Jan of San Diego, Calif.; a daughter, Kyla Blili and her husband, Rached of Cedar Falls; grandchildren, Derrick Henry and his wife Niki of Waterloo, Michael Swensen of Kingsley, Tori Swensen of Waterloo, and Amina and Melek Blili of Cedar Falls; a brother, Lowell Steien and his wife, Darlene of Sioux City; and a sister, Bev Lemke of Paullina.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dale Sept. 21, 2005; and brothers, Roy and Carl Steien.
Funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Kingsley United Methodist Church. The Rev. Roger Kurtenbach will officiate. Burial will follow at the Kingsley Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today (Friday) at the Johnson - Earnest Funeral Home in Kingsley. The family will be present from 6-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral Saturday.
Memories and expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.