Hildegard 'Cindy' Johnson, 73

Hildegard Ruth "Cindy" Johnson, 73, of Wabash, passed away at 8:25 pm, Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. 

She was born Nov. 15, 1945, in Superior, Wis., to Harold Adolph and Rachel Beatrice (Williams) Noreng.

Cindy married John Douglas Miller on July 27, 1968, in Kansas City, Mo., and he survives.  Her second marriage to Fred Wilber Johnson was on April 25, 1987, in Pittsburg, Kan., at Trinity Baptist Church; he died Jan. 28, 2012.

She thoroughly enjoyed attending performing arts, especially ballet, symphony and theater. She loved being onstage in local plays and enjoyed square dancing.  Cindy played flute and piano and loved singing with the radio and in church.  Favorite times were spending summers in Bayfield, Wis., with her grandparents Bertram and Birgit Noreng (Noring) and in Solon Springs, Wis., at the Williams family cabin.

Cindy loved the water, enjoying water skiing, swimming, canoeing and fishing on Lake St. Croix. She loved wildlife, learning about the various flowers and plants from her mother and her Aunt Ruth, and picking blueberries. Camping trips provided her favorite escape from everyday life. Cindy enjoyed cheering her grandchildren on in life, especially in their sporting events.  She also enjoyed games and puzzles of all sorts, but especially bingo at the Senior Center where she often won prizes. Decorating for the holidays was her passion. She enjoyed creative endeavors like crafts and flower arranging (and was part owner of flower shop).

Cindy graduated from Kearney, High School in Kearney, Neb. She graduated from nursing school with her LPN license at St. Lukes Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., and practiced at St. Luke’s and Mercy Hospital. As one of the early non-traditional college students, Cindy went back to school in her 40s and completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology and vocational rehab in 1982 at University of Central Missouri (formerly Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Mo.) She was a certified substance abuse counselor at the Ozark Correctional Center in Fordland, Mo., until 2004. Cindy volunteered on the Advocate Committee for seniors in the Wabash community, promoting changes to assist accessibility for the disabled. Cindy was Worthy High Priestess in the White Shrine and Eastern Star in Pittsburg, Kan. She participated in the Lioness Club in in Moberly, Mo.  She loved her children very much. And said many times that they are the best care givers ever.

Cindy is survived by two children, Paul Douglas Miller of Prairie Village, Kan., and Melinda Margaret (Tarrence) Trusty of Wabash, three grandchildren, Kourtney Bree Trusty, Ariston Levi Trusty, and Sophie Aliyah Trusty, all of Wabash, sister, Linda Marie (Donald) Shearer of East Moline, Ill., and her two brothers, Mark Harold Noreng of Sunnyvale, Calif., and Bruce William Noreng of East Moline, Ill. 

She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Friday, June 7, 2019, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with the Rev. Terry Hinds officiating. Friends may call 1:30-3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Bayfeild, Wis., at a later date.

The preferred memorials are the Shriners Hospital for Children, ( or the Winchester Senior Center, 239 Bond Street, Wabash, IN 46992.

The memorial guest book for Cindy may be signed at

Posted on 2019 Jun 06