Janet Lee Johnson
Janet Lee Johnson, 72, New Underwood, SD passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at Rapid City Hospice House. She had a long fight with cancer.
Janet was born December 5, 1947 in Rapid City, SD to William and Ruth (Benton) Masterson. Janet’s parents preceded her in death as did her older sister, Mona Marie Masterson, and two of her beloved sons, her oldest Thad Cudmore and her youngest Brant Johnson, both passing at 31 years.
Janet (Tish – the nickname the family caller her) lived on the Peoria River bottom on the Missouri above Pierre, SD. In 1952 flood, she moved to Fort Pierre, SD and then moved to Pierre until in 1956 she moved to New Underwood, SD and graduated from New Underwood High School in 1966.
Janet has a brother, Johnny Masterson, and his wife, Peggy, of New Underwood, SD and a step-father, Chuck Boydston. Janet married Duane Cudmore and had a son, Thad (Chana) Cudmore. Janet and Duane later divorced.
Janet later met and married Oliver G. “Buzzy” Johnson. They had three sons: Jarred Johnson, Ryan Johnson, and Brant (Robyn) Johnson. Janet and Buzzy divorced.
Janet has ten wonderful grandchildren: Mirrada (Jeremy) Bartlett, Dayton Cudmore, Kevin Steele, Skyler Cudmore, Levi Johnson, Emilie Johnson, Matilyn Michael, Landyn Porvasnik, Jocelyn Johnson, and Olivia Johnson. Janet is also blessed with six great-grandchildren: Mylah Bartlett, Xabier Bartlett, Avah Bartlett, Dean Steele, Jackson Steele, and Robert Steele. Janet has many numerous nieces and nephews.
Janet spent most of her life on a farm outside of New Underwood, SD until her kids grew up and she moved to Sunny Haven Apartments in New Underwood, SD. Janet loved to knit and crochet for all her family and friends. She enjoyed gardening. She worked on a dairy ranch for Chuck Boydston and then went to work at Black Hills Jewelry factory for a while in Rapid City, SD.
Janet changed jobs and went to work at the Call of the Wild in Wall, SD. Janet found the place of work she really loved to do as a rural route mail carrier for 20 years in New Underwood, SD.
Janet cared and visited with her uncle, Glen Johnson, in New Underwood every day after she did her mail route and she spent many evenings watching grandkids.
Janet will be missed and cherished by her family and friends and the community she lived in.
Graveside services will be Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 2:00pm at the New Underwood Cemetery with Pastor Brent Woodard officiating.
There will be a gathering after the graveside service at the New Underwood Community Center.
Family and friends may sign Janet’s online guestbook at www.kirkfuneralhome.com