Agnes M. Johannes

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
Agnes Johannes

Agnes M. Johannes, 91, of Milan died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010 at Trinity Rock Island. Funeral services were 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Andalusia. Entombment was in the Calvary Mausoleum, Rock Island.

Visitation was Friday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Milan, where a rosary was recited at 3:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church or to Alleman High School. Online condolences may be left at

Agnes was born Dec. 13, 1918 in Kiel, Wis., the daughter of Frank and Emily Klauck Grott. She married Harry J. (Red) Johannes May 24, 1945 in Cleveland, Wis. He died March 24, 2007.

She was a homemaker in the early years of her marriage, raising five children. Then in 1962, she and her husband Harry started Johannes Bus Service, Rock Island. They parked the first school buses in the back yard and all five children had to help clean, paint and maintain the buses. The bus service originally serviced the Catholic schools and eventually expanded into servicing the public schools in Rock Island, Moline, Coal Valley and Milan areas, Eventually expanding the bus business into the Aledo area, and adding mini-coach charter buses to the fleet. Johannes Bus Service continues with second and third generation families.

Agnes’ happiest moments were spent with her family, which numbers over 50, as well as spending many happy years traveling with Harry and spending time at the family lake home in Wisconsin., over the years. Agnes and her daughter Rose made quilts for every child, grandchild and great grandchild. She loved their home in Milan, but was also very fond of the “golden year” she spent living at Park Vista Senior Living in East Moline.

She was a member of St. Patrick Parish in Andalusia, formerly St. Joseph, Rock Island (while raising the family) and formerly a member of St. Wendel Parish in Cleveland, Wis.

The family would like to thank all the caregivers and medical personnel that assisted Agnes in her home, at Park Vista and at the hospitals during the last few years of her life.

She is survived by her five children and families; Steven (Lana )Johannes, Rock Island, Mary Lou (Joe) DeMarlie, Reynolds, Rose (Gilbert) Matlick, Edgington,  Charles (Deanna )Johannes, East Moline, and Sally (David) Fisher, Milan; 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren.  

She was preceded in death by her husband Harry; three brothers; a son-in-law and a grandson.