Helen Arms-Johnson

November 10, 1954 - February 22, 2024


Obituary For Helen Arms-Johnson

Helen Arms-Johnson, age 69, passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2024. She was born on November 10, 1954, to Albert and Vesta (Ward) Arms in Boscobel, WI. Helen’s mother instilled the importance of love and respect for all people. Helen married David Johnson on September 30, 2001, at Boerner Botanical Gardens in Hales Corners, WI. Helen shared after Dave’s death that her heart was broken because they were the most important people in the world to each other.

Helen worked with people with disabilities for over 35 years, retiring in 2017 from Central Wisconsin Center. Helen was a very social person and an avid gardener. In retirement, she enjoyed volunteer work at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, her “Ladies who Lunch”, water exercises at Prairie Athletics, and traveling. She was always up for a live music event, enjoying all kinds of music. She was a dedicated and loyal friend to many people.

Helen is survived by her siblings, Gloria (Michael) St Cyr, Cyndy (James) Funk, Gerald Arms, and many nieces, nephews, other family, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and sister Glenda Moon. Helen’s nieces and nephews were very special to her, and they considered her the greatest great aunt.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Ave, Madison from 1:00PM until 4:00PM.

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Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services

2418 N. Sherman Avenue



16 Mar

Celebration of Life

01:00 PM - 04:00 PM

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  • March 22, 2024

    I am so sorry I missed her memorial as I just found this out. Light and love to you my friend ❤️

  • March 15, 2024

    I worked at CWC with Helen for many years. She was such a caring and compassionate advocate for persons with complex care needs. A truly dedicated professional who spent her career helping others. My sympathy to her family-Kathi Steele

  • March 05, 2024

    You have our sympathy. She was a big part of Glenda's life which is how we met. I've enjoyed doing Facebook with her.

  • March 05, 2024

    I was so sorry to hear of Helen's passing. She was a great co-worker and left a lasting impression on all of us who were lucky to work with her. Helen was so kind and had a great sense of humor. She is missed.

  • March 05, 2024

    Helen was a college roommate. She brought laughter and joy to our group. She always had a smile. Sweet, kind, caring are just a few words to describe her. We have stayed in touch over the years and I'm sure glad we did. Such a good soul and I am honored to have known her. Love you Helen.

  • March 05, 2024

    Helen was my college roommate for two years. Four of us shared a small two-bedroom apartment in Oshkosh. She was loving and very patient with us (and our parties). She was an old soul who enjoyed her own company and a good romance novel. She was always ready to listen when we needed to talk. I was lucky to have known her and my sympathies go out to her family. Amy DeBoer (currently living in Germany)

  • March 03, 2024

    I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with her, we would have lunch together. She was a great person, loved talking with her.

  • March 02, 2024

    Helen was an exceptional human. Her advocacy for others, sharp wit, sense of humor and adventure made her forever enduring to those that knew her. Hugs and peace to her family. We will forever miss her but never forget her💜

  • March 01, 2024

    My condolences to the family. I met Helen when I helped her purchase her home on N. Sherman. She was a sweetheart and was very proud of her gardening accomplishments. Rick Lyngaas

  • March 01, 2024

    Helen was a nice person. I enjoyed our talks at work. My condolences to her family.

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