On Friday, May 22
, Rani Lee (Yennelli) Johnson of Allegan passed away peacefully, at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo.
She was born on Nov. 14, 1948, to Samuel and Barbara Yennelli in Allegan. Rani graduated with honors from Allegan High School in 1966, and attended both Ferris State and Western Michigan Universities.
She was preceded in death by her sister Cynthia Hahn and is survived by her son, Dominick Johnson and granddaughter Rachel Lee Johnson.
My Mom was an avid reader and known for her boisterous laugh and zany sense of humor. As a lifelong resident of Allegan, over the years many people in the community helped my Mom with all sorts of different things, our family deeply appreciates everything all of you did.
Specifically, I would like to thank Lori Mills and Beverly Kluzak for their years of great care and true kindness-my Mother loved you both, thank you for bringing her peace.
According to her wishes cremation has taken place.
Burial of ashes will take place at Hudson Corners Cemetery.
Contributions in memory of Rani may be made to Allegan County Medical Care Community.
Messages of condolence may be posted at
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May 23, 2020 at 3:39 pm
My deepest sympathy on the loss of Roni!
She was very dear to my heart and always in my thoughts!
She will be very much missed!
May 23, 2020 at 5:24 pm
Prayers for peace for your family.
I used to live next door to your Grandma’s house on North St., and knew your Mom. May God bless you all.
May 25, 2020 at 3:47 pm
Prayers of peace to all those who knew and loved Rani. She always had a smile when I would see her at the Home and we would take a minute to remember band competitions. We both played the clarinet ! God bless..
May 25, 2020 at 5:38 pm
Rani you will be missed. I enjoyed talking with you. RIP. Sherry, one of the nurses at ACMCC
May 25, 2020 at 8:51 pm
Rani was such a beautiful soul. We had many great conversations! She would always ask me about my horses, and I’d tell her their funny stories and of my farm life. She had the best laugh! She will be greatly missed!!
Shelley R Jager-Ladd
May 26, 2020 at 11:22 am
What a saint. She will be missed terribly. She was my Moms roommate and made her transition
So much easier. Always watched over her. Well Roni you are in heaven with Mom now. Love you.
May 26, 2020 at 12:15 pm
Rani was roommates with our mother for a time at ACMC.She was so sweet and caring to our mother. They enjoyed listening to gospel music together. Hope they are enjoying each other’s company again in heaven.
Ellen Brachman Altamore
May 26, 2020 at 3:11 pm
I went to high school with Rani. I used to see her at the grocery store now and then and we had some great chats.
I loved her perspective on life and her enthusiastic spirit.
What a laugh she had. Along with her smiling eyes, it was always an enjoyable time when we saw each other.
Ann Nahikian Miller
May 26, 2020 at 3:17 pm
Your mom was my friend and my parents and your grandparents were friends before that. I know how much she loved you and adored Rachel. The world is a sadder place with her gone but I know that she now is free and healed and truly happy.
God be ever closer to you until you see her again.
May 26, 2020 at 4:18 pm
I was a neighbor when your mom and grandma and you lived on North Street. I remember her bubbly personality and her kind heart. May God bless her sweet soul!
May 26, 2020 at 4:54 pm
Prayers sent to her and her family
Michael Kiella, PhD
May 26, 2020 at 5:03 pm
There were some evenings in the late 60s and early 70s that we would go to Barbara’s house on North Street…when a particular literature assignment had us in need of analysis and explanation…beyond what we had received in the classroom. There, Barbara would challenge us to the meaning of words and the ideas that the authors were offering (she did not suffer fools well; nor did she tolerate a lack of preparation). Rani would often join in, along with Cindy, and the discussion was usually intense and direct. Some powerful discussion, not for the faint of heart. Some of the best learning of my foundational years happened in that living room. It was there, those many years ago, that I came to know and appreciate Rani…
I am saddened to hear of her death; yet I remain thankful for her…
May 26, 2020 at 6:11 pm
I truly will miss spending time with your Mom. We had so much fun talking it up over the years and once in awhile I’d take her out for a ride just to purposely get lost… which was hard to do with her. She knew every road ever carved in Allegan ! She was a true lover of life, people, fashion and most of all You and Rachel… her infamous “ baby cakes “ .
I will hold our time and her memories close to my heart ❤️
Sam & Cathy Johnson
May 27, 2020 at 7:40 am
Dominick – We are so sorry for your loss. Uncle Otis speaks often of her beauty and her love for you. Arms around you, Dom.
cousin mary vollman
May 28, 2020 at 10:53 pm
DJ- Would love to chat with you. Please contact me.
June 10, 2020 at 6:56 pm
I am so sorry about Rani. I don’t know if you remember me or not, but I was a good friend of your
Grandma Barb. Your Grandma and my family had cottages in South Haven. I can still see you sitting on Barb’s lap watching the 4th of July fireworks. I was always friends with Rani too, what a nice, pleasant person. Enjoy Rachel, and remember they can grow up too soon, so keep her young as long as you can.
Sincerely, Gloria Lane
William Layton (Allegan Class of 1966)
June 10, 2020 at 8:35 pm
Please accept my condolences
June 15, 2020 at 11:24 pm
Sorry for your loss. I cooked for Rani at AMCC. She called me “cook” she was always happy and friendly with everyone. Where she liked the meal I cooked she would make sure to yell out how much she liked it. I loved it when she did that. She was a great lady and she will be missed greatly.
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