Roberta Geraldine “Gerry” (Ames) Stensaas-Johnson

Roberta Geraldine “Gerry” (Ames) Stensaas-Johnson, age 99, of Concordia, KS, died Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Sunset Nursing Home, Concordia.  Gerry was born on Nov. 15, 1919 in Republic Co., KS to George N. & Ruth R. (Bochoven) Ames.

She graduated from Norway High School and then Emporia State Teachers College.  She married L. Milton Stensaas on Oct. 26, 1942 and to this union was born four sons and a daughter, who died in infancy.  Milton preceded her in death on March 7, 1976. 

She was baptized in the Highland Baptist Church.  She joined Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Norway after her marriage to Milton.  She was currently a member at The Baptist Church, Concordia.  She was a member of the LCW and the Baptist ABW.

Gerry was a teacher, homemaker and activities director at Sunset Nursing Home.   She has been a resident at Sunset since 1991.  She was active in 4-H, HDU and Ladies Aid Work.  She loved horseback riding in her younger years and enjoyed quilting, fancy work, crocheting and loved music.

Gerry later married Royal E. Johnson on Feb. 2, 1985 in Concordia.  He preceded her on March 12, 1990.

She had many friends throughout the area, young and old alike.  Gerry taught several Sunday school classes and later devotions at Sunset Nursing Home.  Gerry was a woman of strong faith and shared the Gospel with many people throughout her life.

She is survived by her sons, Larry Stensaas (Tomya), Hillsboro, OR, Bryan Stensaas (Cheri), Lancaster, CA, Mikkel Stensaas (Beth) & Joe Stensaas (Theresa), both of Norway; step-sons, DuWayne Johnson, Concordia & Rick Johnson (Diane), Snowflake, AZ; sisters, Nona Hedstrom & Irma Brewer, both of Concordia; brothers, Dean Ames (Fern), Aurora, CO & Ron Ames (Marilyn), Brighton, CO; 14 grandchildren & 26 great grandchildren.

Gerry was preceded in death by her husbands, L. Milton Stensaas & Royal Johnson; daughter, Joan Leslie Stensaas; grandson, Colton Jon Stensaas, her parents; sisters, Eileen Combs & Nina Ames & brothers in law, Dean Brewer, Lee Combs & Loren Hedstrom.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 am, Sat., March 16, 2019 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Norway, KS with Pastor Dennis Beckmann officiating.  Burial will follow at Valley Cemetery, rural Norway.  Visitation will be Friday, March 15, 2019 from 1-8 pm with family greeting friends from 6-7 pm at Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home, Concordia.  The family suggests memorials to Sunset Nursing Home or Meadowlark Hospice in care of the funeral home.  For online condolences, please visit