Betty Anne Wurm Johnson

September 29, 1935 ‒ May 17, 2019

Johnstown, Ohio

Betty Anne (Wurm) Johnson passed away on Friday, May 17th, 2019. She was born September 29th, 1935 to Charles and Mabel (Pflueger) Wurm in Delaware, OH. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Donald, Arthur, Melvin, and Ray. Survived by her husband of 54 years, Gary, son Eric (Deborah Rumsey), daughter Kathleen (Richard Schnipke), daughter Christie (Sean) Stuber, grandchildren Clint Johnson, Jonathan and Lauren Schnipke, Jonah and Tess Stuber, sisters Eloise Collier and Mary Jane Fisher, brother Ted (Ann) Wurm, sister-in-law Karen (Donald) Campbell, many nieces and nephews, lifelong friends, classmates, and neighbors.

Betty attended Harlem School and graduated from Big Walnut High School in 1954 and Capital University in 1958. Subsequently she taught for several years in the Big Walnut School District.  Betty was very active in the Harlem Garden Club, Harlem Township Civic Association, and the Harlem Road United Methodist Church. She loved her friends and family, gardening, flower arranging, painting, and teaching others. She generously gave of her time and talents to make her beloved community a better place. Her neighborhood interests included serving as a Girl Scout Leader, 4-H Advisor, and writing a regular column for the Sunbury News called the “Harlem Happenings.”

Creative, spontaneous, and curious, Betty gave her all in every endeavor. A life-long learner, she taught and tutored others with a passion to share her wisdom. She lived by the credo of “Make do with what you have.” Her proudest achievement was raising three children (along with husband Gary, of course), seeing them graduate from college, and establishing successful careers and families of their own.

Friends may call on the family Wednesday, May 22nd, from 3-7 p.m. at the Harlem Road United Methodist Church, 5520 Harlem Road, Galena, OH. Funeral service will be held at the church, on Thursday, May 23rd, at 10:30 a.m.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve the Johnson family. Special memories and condolences may be shared at:


  • In 1957 & 58, she was Miss Wurm, teacher of my fifth grade class at Sunbury. She was gentle and kind. We learned respect as well. I believe she had been the high school librarian and we learned to enjoy many books. We were taught to use little tricks to remember lists of things. She would point to her hand to name her five brothers. Ray was the shortest finger. I believe Ted was the tall one. When a school dance occurred, there were not enough girls , so she took turns teaching the boys the steps of simple dances. She played with us at our recess, bringing “squirt” guns for our outside battles.
    There must be a special place in heaven. I am sure she is there.

  • Love and prayers from the Groseclose Clan … Will miss her , I’ll place a bet for her on the racers at the Hartford fair.
    Learned to paint from Uncle Jim Atwood late in life , then won ribbons for her paintings.
    Betty and the all the Wurms were / are like family to us growing up . My first dog was from a litter at the Wurm’s place. Ted is a ‘brother from another mother’ to my Uncle Bob , was in Dad’s reserve unit, and a fixture at Atwood gatherings. Eloise was the nurse for many of our injuries . Holy cow ! I could go on & on .

    She ‘s with Mabel

  • Betty was my first real friend in thisarea and we met at water aerobics and
    just went from. there! Soon she had me to gasrden CLUB AND i LOVED IT!
    in garden club, playing cards,trips and I especially loved to stop at her house
    and see her yard.

    A really good friend!!!! Love, Alice Miglets.

  • My condolences to the Johnson family. My dad, Howard Siegesmund, worked with Gary at PPG in Delaware. God Bless.

  • My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. I hope you find comfort in the scripture at Acts 24:15. This is what our God Jehovah promises for us all. And we can look forward to what is written in Psalm 37:9-11 and 29.🌺