Johnson, Karen Forssen A 40 year resident of the South Bay passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2005 in Redondo Beach. Born in Missoula, Montana, December 6, 1939. She worked at Hughes Aircraft Co. in El Segundo for 15 years as well as other local employers. Karen enjoyed traveling in the USA and abroad including frequent trips to the Sierra Nevada Mountains where she loved to ski/camp/hike; dancing as part of the Torrance Joslyn Center in the 1970's; attending plays at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center; spending time with her grandchildren; taking photographs; and spending time at Flathead Lake (MT). Karen is survived by her husband, George (Buzz) Johnson of Redondo Beach; sons, Patrick Meehan of Torrance and Michael (Peggy) Meehan of Lakewood; 3 granddaughters; Shannon, Cassidy & Lindsay; 2 Brothers Ken (Marian) Forssen and Carl (Molly) Forssen, both of Seattle, WA; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial Services will be held Friday, March 11, 2005 at 3:00 P.M. at White and Day's Colonial Mortuary, 901 Torrance Blvd. in Redondo Beach.

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  1. I want to thank all of you who knew my mother Karen, and supported us through this time of grieving. Losing my Mom is such a tremendous setback for me. But she will always be with me as she is with all of you who care so much for her. I LOVE YOU MOM. Your son, Pat

  2. My heart goes out to all of Karen\’s family: Buzz Johnson, Ken and Carl Forssen, especially her two sons, Patrick and Michael Meehan, Daughter-in-law Peggy, granddaughters Shannon, Cassidy and Lindsay Meehan. Karen left us all too soon. My fondest memories are seeing Karen with her granddaughters. Karen became a kid again herself playing with them. Karen and Shannon laughed, sang, danced and had magical times riding the Tilt-A-World Ride in the Pier Arcade. Shannon being the oldest granddaughter was able to grow from infant to a wonderful young lady spending marvelous time with her grandmother Karen, and for that I will be forever thankful. I will always remember the huge smile on Karen\’s face the moment Shannon was brought to the window in the delivery room back on July 31, 1992. There are so many more memories Shannon and I will cherish and carry with us throughout our lives. Our lives are truly richer from knowing and loving Karen Forssen Johnson.

  3. Karen, My dearest forever friend, We have known each other for over fifty years and though we lost touch for many of those years, when we met again it was as though we had always been in each others lives. I\’m so grateful for the happy times we shared. I wish there could have been more, but you will always be in my heart.

  4. Prayers of comfort to Buzz, Pat, Mike, Ken and Marian, and Carl and Molly and families. Karen was not only a special cousin, but a kindred spirit and a friend. She always had a smile, laugh and kind word. Memories are forever. Karen is whole again. We miss her but she dances on…..Just cuz, Chuck

  5. I remember Cousin Karen always being cheerful, with a smile and graciousness about her. I saw her a couple of summers ago and know she was in pain, but was still bubbly and happy to share laughs and memories. She was a very special person to me and all who knew her. I love and miss you, Karen.

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