Johnnie’s Mom has gone HOME

My rational mind says she is gone … my heart can’t believe it.

My Mom went “HOME, home” on Friday night. She had been in the hospital for 2 weeks and finally decided time was too precious to prolong the tests and procedures.  She wanted to go home to be with my Dad, me, Steve and other family and friends.  Then, she said, she would be ready to go “HOME, home.”

We had 2 days to hug her, kiss on her, lay next to her and get comfort and words of advice from her.  We thank God for that gift and are comforted that we were able to fulfill her final wishes.  Anyone who knew her knew she was one special lady.  She wanted those who knew her to remember a day they talked, laughed or had a meal together.  She said she loved us all, hated to leave us, but … it was time.



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183 Responses to Johnnie’s Mom has gone HOME

  1. linda drury says:

    thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

    • John Pappanduros says:

      “We were not meant for earth alone.
      But for heaven,
      Our final home”…
      Rev Billy Graham

    • Barb M says:

      Dear Johnnie and Steve. Please accept my sympathy along with the other several hundred that are and will be doing so. Having listened to the two of you for so many years, and hearing Steve talk about Joyce, it was like getting to know her from your eyes.
      She will be missed.
      Barb from QCA

  2. Bob Zimmerman says:

    My prayers to you and your family.

  3. larry durkee says:

    It is a hard thing to lose a parent………….think of her often and celebrate the many years you had to love and learn from her, my condolences to you dear

  4. Pam says:

    Thoughts and prayers…

  5. Carol Johnson says:

    So sorry to hear bout your Mother. You surely have my sympathyand prayers for you.

  6. Micki Phipps says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I know you have heard that until you want to be sick. I always wish my mothers mind was here when she lived with me before she went “Home”. There is so much I still need to know. Her wisdom, love and generosity is always greatly missed. I know I will join her and the rest of my family when I go “Home”

  7. Lorelei (Lori) Semenow says:

    So Sorry to hear your news. I am glad you got to bring her home and spend those precious moments with her. I will keep you and your family in my prayer, Johnnie.

  8. Judith says:

    What a wonderful “departure”..having the time to be with her… Home Home.. both my parents are there… Bless you all Judith J

  9. Cheri Spiewak says:

    So sorry for you loss. She sounded like a really great lady the way you spoke of her. She is in a better place now with no pain and suffering. Even tho she is gone in body, her spirit still lives with you both. God’s Blessings in you time of sorrow.

  10. John Mueller says:

    Beautiful way of putting it Johnnie. My condolences and best to you and Steve.
    Much love, John

  11. Linda Schmidt says:

    Johnnie, and Steve also you have my heart felt sympathy and I know from personal experience that there are no words that can help at this time. I lost my Mom 13 years ago and some days it seems like just last week. It will take some time but gradually you stop feeling like an orphan, that’s what I felt like and I was 51 yrs old. Only those who have been through it truly understand.
    Just know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Love, Linda

  12. Karen James says:

    Prayers are with you and your family. No matter our ages, we are never ready to lose a parent. I lost my Mom when she was 51, but I know she is looking over me and our family every moment of every day. I’ll be with her again in that perfect utopia she now calls home, when my time on this earth is done.
    It sounds like you had a wonderful relationship with your Mom and appreciated every moment with her. That’s what this part of our journey is all about.
    Again my prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time.

  13. My sympathies, my comfort. She is home now.

  14. Julie Burke says:


    I’m so sorry to hear this sad news. I lost my mom 10 years ago and it is such a wrench. The mother-daughter relationship is one unlike any other; it’s so primal. You will miss her for a very long time but she will always be with you in your heart and the lives of all those she touched. How wonderful that you were able to bring her home from the hospital to die where she wanted to and that you had those special two days with her. They will be with you and comfort you forever. Please also be comforted by knowing that you were a great and loving daughter.

    I love this passage by Angelo Patri.
    “In one sense there is no death. The life of a soul on earth lasts beyond her departure. You will always feel that life touching yours, that voice speaking to you, that spirit looking out of other eyes, talking to you in the familiar things she touched, worked with, loved as familiar friends. She lives on in your life and in the lives of all others that knew her.”

    Concidentally, my dad also died on January 27th. Please take care of yourself.

    Julie Burke

  15. Peggy vaughan says:

    So sorry…it took me a few minutes to realize that you really meant…home and then… in Home…I had hoped you meant home with you, rather than the Lord. But glad that you got to say a fond farewell to your Mom. Those of us, your steady listeners, felt as if we knew her, and grieve her loss with you.My sincere sympathy to you and your family.

  16. Karen Schulz says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Losing a mom is about as hard as it gets, I lost mine almost 12 years ago, and its like yesterday, but she felt it was time and chose to leave. I have to hold onto the good memories and I couldn’t wish her back, but oh God, how i miss her. I will be purring quietly for all of you. Know how much she and all of you mean to those of use who lived on your side of the clock for so many years.

  17. John Schultz says:

    my deepest sympathies Johnnie. After listening to you all these years, I feel like i knew her. My prayers go out to you, Steve, and your dad during this difficult time

  18. Peggy Swyter says:

    Her bodyis just gone… Not her soul….it continues to live– in you…

  19. Kerry Bailey says:

    My thoughts and prayers to you and to your family.

  20. Sue Black says:

    Congratulations to Mom for knowing when the time was right. Funny how some people just know and are ready. I was a hospice nurse. I found people died usually the way that they lived which says bunches about your mom. Take time to grieve, to feel. The normal person on the street believes grief is over in 2 weeks and you are expected to carry on as usual. It is not. Allow yourself to feel whatever it is you feel. God bless each of you as you enter a new journey.

  21. Sue Beyer says:

    Johnnie: May she rest in Peace and Rise in Glory. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. I know how much you will miss her.

    Sue Beyer

  22. judy says:

    Saying Goodbye to your Mom is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do.
    But, when you need her, she will be there; and you will know.
    Blessings to you all, Judy

  23. Marie R. says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. No matter what age we are, we are still a child in our mother’s eyes. Our roles may change through the years, but we always love and respect our moms. I lost my mother many years ago, but no day goes by without a thought or memory of her. I am so glad you and Steve have each other for support. Bless you both.

  24. Judy Witt says:

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. Celebrate your Mom’s life! Miss you on radio.

  25. agatha says:

    my deepest condolence’s to you and your family may her memory be eternal in the hands of our lord.

  26. C McCulloch says:

    My deepest sympathy to all of your family. This is a difficult time, I am sad too. I lost my mom a couple years ago at the age of 98 and I do know how hard it is to lose a dear mom. God bless you all.

  27. Edith Peters says:

    Most significant her words, “HOME/” That brings peace knowing what a precious place Heaven is for those who love Him. My prayers are with you during this difficult time..

  28. Tom Burnet says:

    My sincere condolances. She must have been a special lady. She certainly has a special daughter!

  29. Carol Huntowski says:

    Our thoughts and Prayer Go Out To You and Your Family Johnnie.& Steve

  30. Pat says:

    I am so very sorry for you. I know this is very difficult. Please know that even though your mom isn’t physically with you, she is not in pain and will always be with you in your head and heart. My husband is still with me and it has been 7 years since he went home but not a day goes by that I don’t cherish the time we spent together. Be kind to yourself as grief is a process and know that it does get better and easier to breathe. Take all the time you need. Just get through one day at a time and know that I am sending you hugs and love to you and your family. Another star has been added to the sky, In sympathy and understanding,
    A longtime, night time, fan of you and Steve. You seem like family to
    me and thank you for letting me know about your mom. I will keep you all
    in my prayers.

  31. Teresa Hill says:

    Sad to hear this news, but glad you had the time with her. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  32. Josh says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your mom, Johnnie. Words could not adequately express the sympathy I feel for you and your family, but do know that you will be kept in my thoughts and prayers.

  33. Sharon Murphy says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I lost my mom a little over a year ago and know the depth of your grief. Know that you are being thought of and that prayers are for all of you. Praying for your dad, that he may find peace and understanding. It sounds like God has a new angel to sit at the welcome table and to plan some great get togethers for our loved ones who are with her. Take care. Love to you. Sharon Murphy

  34. Sending you love and Light, Johnnie

  35. eric collins says:

    Steve and most importanley johnnie I just wanna give my condolences on your lost it must be tough at this time but remember the great times u had I know your mother was very happy with your success that u had made indidvually and of course as a duo with ur husband steve on and off the air may god bless u and the family.

  36. To say I’m sorry is so inadequate. Please know my thoughts are with you, as are the thousands of your listeners who consider you part of their family.
    Mildred Bartlett

  37. Lorene says:

    My sympathies and prayers are with you and yours. I hope you will find comfort knowing that you always honored your mom. She and you were and are blessed.

  38. jJackie Sklut says:

    So sorry. I lost my Mother eight years ago and I miss her every day.
    Jackie Sklut a long time listener.

  39. Karhy Jorkon says:

    My heart felt sympathy goes to you today. I know the loss you must feel but at the same time ther is a refief felt. I lost my mom 10 months after my dad passed away and I could tell from just watching her that she only wanted to be with my dad. I will keep you and your mom in my prayers. Sincerely Kathy Jorkon RN

  40. Carolyn Faulkner says:

    I am so sorry, Johnnie, for your loss. I’m glad that you were able to have some special time with her at the end. Prayers for you, Steve, and your dad.

  41. Jo Christian says:

    So very sorry for your loss, but know you are comforted by your faith, and her strong determination. When you would talk of her, I knew she was a wonderful lady. God be with you all.

  42. Liz says:

    Peace be with you…

  43. Judith says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss Johnnie and Steve. Life is such a precious gift. You’ll always have the memories of her that will keep her close to your hearts. Condolences.

  44. Linda Sue says:

    Dear Johnnie,
    Remember her hugs, remember her love.
    Only her spirit is now up above.
    Her caring and smiles will stay with you here.
    Remember her smiles and her tender care.

    When my mama died, I kept seeing a smiley face everywhere. I would cut a potato open there would be brown spots in a smiley face design. Smiley faces would show up unexpectedly and it was like a hug from my mama letting me know I was still loved. The smiley faces dwindled but I still miss my mama. These next few days you will hear stories about how special your mom was. Please write these stories down because it will be hard to remember all of them.
    I also remember that when my mama died, I knew that it was God’s timing for her, and when it is God’s time to go home, there is no arguing with that.
    Steve, I know she was special to you too. My condolences. Take care!
    And I will also keep Johnnie’s dad in prayer, too.

  45. Kevin Keyser says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  46. Susan Erion says:

    Johnnie losing mom is soooo hard. Even though it’s been a long time for me, there are still times when I walk to the phone to tell her something. But I do so in my heart and prayers. My love comes to you in your healing.
    Susan MI

  47. Summersnow says:

    Oh Johnnie, we are so very sorry for your loss. Grateful that you had those two days to be together, but knowing there is never enough time to say good-bye.

    We are keeping you and your family in our prayers.

  48. Sharry says:

    I am so sad about your loss. We were able to send my mother off in the same way just months ago. Lying next to her in her last days and being with her when she went HOME was the most beautiful experience of my life. You will be in my thoughts during this tough time.

    AND I miss your soothing voices at night!

  49. Alanna Melin says:

    Johnnie, I know it must have been difficult to post this…. I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers, and am so sorry for your loss. She was one special lady, for sure, and proved that by making such a loving decision at the end. Hugs to you, Steve and your dad.

  50. Nanette Marx says:

    No matter the journey, it’s never easy to say goodbye to a loved one.
    You have my deepest sympathy in your time of loss. She always sounded like a lady who loved – and gave you great memories.

  51. Mary Thornton says:

    Johnnie, I am so sorry to hear this. My beloved mother went home almost 4 years ago so I know how you feel. Your life probably feels upside down right now. It is very difficult, but you’re going to be okay. My prayers are with you, your dad, Steve, and the rest of your family. May God bless you. He works in mysterious ways.

  52. Johnnie I am so sorry to hear that your mother has passed. God rest her soul. I’m sure she is up in heaven watching over all of her wonderful family. May she rest in peace.

  53. Jan Personette says:

    My deepest sympathy and love for all of your family. Keep her in your heart and she will forever.

  54. R&S says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  55. Arlene (a long-time listener) says:

    Prayers & Peact to YOU……She’s in good hands………

  56. Cliff Switzer III says:

    So sorry for your Loss Johnnie! Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  57. Diana from Austin says:

    Thoughts and prayers and with You, Steve and your family. My mom Jane from Maple Park sends prayers and thoughts and love to you. will be thinking about you hugs Diana

  58. MaryAnn says:

    Your should be comforted knowing you have a special guardian angel watching over you now.

  59. Linda Look says:

    My heart goes out to you, I’m glad you had those moments forever.

    Linda L
    Skokie iL

  60. Sorry to hear about your mom Johnnie, glad you guys had time to say your good-byes. We’ll remember you guys in our prayers. We miss you so very much. Have really grown to love you guys. We’re friends of Steve Lyon.
    Don & Gloria Lehman

  61. Donna says:

    Please accept my deepest sympathies to you, Steve and your dad.

  62. Chrys Rudnik says:

    My sympathy to you, Johnnie. May all those precious memories give you comfort and peace as you adjust to talking with your Mom in her new HOME home.
    You are in the prayers of this long time listener to you on WGN from the first to the last program.
    Chrys Rudnik
    Park Forest, IL

  63. Johnnie sorry to hear about your mom….My prayers go out to you and Steve and your Dad…

  64. Tom Kraus says:

    im so glad u got to spend some time with your mom johnnie before she begins her next adventure, all my prayers r with u both and it is sad but it also will be a time when u rejoice in her journey home god bless u both and to johnnie’s mom peace and joy awaits her as she ventures on.

  65. Ollie Capra says:

    Johnnie, my prayers are with you and your family
    Ollie Capra

  66. linda schmitt says:

    So sorry for you loss. Its good that you did not have to worry about the job and could spend all the time you got to spend with her these last weeks. God knew you were going to need that! If she is Home in heaven be comforted by the fact that her body is broken and ill no more, it is perfect! I found great comfort in that when I lost my dad many years ago. May God bless and comfort you during this time of grief.

  67. ceil obrien says:

    Oh Johnnie…my deepest sympathies to all of you. From all you’ve always said, your Mom was a wonderful person. I lost a beloved brother on 12-23 and the sadnesss is still so overwhelming. I will say some prayers for all of you.

  68. Susan says:

    My heart aches for you, dear lady! For as much as we have heard about Mom, so many of us long time listeners feel as though we know her! What a joy she was to you and you have those memories for always. You are a blessing just as your Mom. God’s Blessings upon you, Steve, and your families. Know you are loved by us.

  69. Sean Carolan says:

    My prayers go out to you and your family, You were blessed to have that time to say good bye.
    Sean from Algonquin

  70. francisco valladares says:

    HI ,sorry to hear about your mother iam sure she was an extraordinary lady,god bless her,and she is in better place.

  71. Rob Frick says:

    So sorry to hear of your family’s loss, Johnnie. I always enjoyed hearing you and Steve talking about her so often and so fondly. She will be truly missed. Thank you for sharing a very important part of your life with all of us.


  72. Peggy Rauhut says:

    To say “prayers & sympathy” are not enough. Without ever meeting her, she was part of our family as you both are. Remember the good times. Your friends/family are with you at this time.

  73. Betsy Fishnman says:

    So sad to hear about your mother. After listening to you and Steve all these years, I felt like I knew your parents. At last she is at peace. G-d bless you both
    Betsy Fishman
    (a very loyal listener)

  74. CW says:

    Dearest JP & SK, in behalf of my son and I please except our most sincere condolences, and may you find solace and comfort in HIS grace, may your dearest Momma rest in peace and as you eloquently indicated we are greatful for her gift and for the legacy she left behind. I am really sorry dear friend, A big big big hug comes your way!
    Peace be with you, with loving regards,

  75. Marge Taylor says:



  76. Debi Q. says:

    Johnnie and Steve: So sorry to hear of your mom’s homegoing, but by reading your post, I know that is where she wanted to be. So glad to hear that you got to spend precious time with her. My prayers are with you and your family as you share memories, laughter and tears and send her off in style!!

  77. Sharon Keland says:

    May her dear heart rest in peace. Sorry for your loss Johnnie. My prayers go out to you and your entire family.

  78. Judy M. says:

    My sincere condolences to you and your family, Johnnie.

  79. Maureen Hamilton says:

    Johnnie and Steve,
    Please know you both are in my thoughts and prayers. My heart goes out to you at this terribly difficult time. Your Mom now is dancing with the angels and watching over you and your dad. Take care.
    Mauren H

  80. Cindi Burton says:

    I am so sorry to read this. I know you were very , very close to your mother, and I know the pain you are feeling. I just read this post prior to reading your post on FB. It is so true..

    “‘Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal”

    Please take care !!!!
    My deepest sympathy,

  81. Diane Kappus says:

    My prayers for your strength. Her spirit will live in her love for you and all ypur stories about her

  82. Amy Sherman says:

    She sounds wonderful. So glad you could be with her. My thoughts are with you and your family.


  83. Peter (Decatur) says:

    I am SO sorry for your loss, yet equally happy that her last days were with her loved ones.


  84. Frankie says:

    Much love to you, Johnnie. Moms are amazing and irreplaceable. Glad you had the time for hugs and kisses and last words of wisdom. She’ll be with you always. Peace!!

  85. Carol Anderson says:

    I am so sorry – it is difficult to say “goodbye” to those we love –

  86. Peggy Cain says:

    Hugs to you all. I’m so sorry.

  87. A.m. Warnke says:

    I wish I had words to comfort you at this time. Yet I to know the sorrow of walking that road, with both my dad 2/26/2006 and then my mom 8/8/2008. My mom had had dementia since 8/2003. that dad could no longer deny. My you be encouraged as you think on those memory’s that make you laugh and smile.

  88. Georgette Senter says:

    We know of your pain but rejoice that your Mom is at peace. We are never ready to say this, “goodbye”, but know there are hundreds, thousands who are here for you. Much love to you Johnnie.

  89. Chris Gallup says:

    So sorry.. May God leave a special healing in your hearts and lives.
    Chris Gallu[

  90. Chris Tebbens says:

    My condolences to you and your family. Having lost a loved one I know the sorrow you are going through. I’ll say a prayer for your mother and you.

  91. Jayne Smith says:


    I am so deeply saddened to hear of your mom’s passing. Your message to us all was so very eloquent and respectful, a true testament from a loving daughter. I didn’t personally know your mom, but through you and Steve I felt like I did. I know that you gave her comfort and peace, so much so that she left this world for a better place, happy and ready for her next journey. Once the pain subsides, you’ll have such wonderful memories to carry with you forever. I am exactly your age and have lost both my mom and dad, and my younger brother a few months ago. I find consolation in knowing that they are all in paradise and I have my own special angels always looking down on me.

    Please accept my condolences and I pray for God to give you all much strength during this difficult time.

    Love to you,
    Jayne Smith

  92. brian your bread driver says:

    I’m so sorry to read this but remember. Time here is only half of are life . I’m sure it was the best life she wanted

  93. Theresa says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. It’s never easy to lose a loved one no matter how prepared you are. Stay strong.

  94. Mary Lu says:

    So sorry to hear about your Mom. As a long time listener almost feel I knew her at least a bit personally via your anecdotes and updates. She sounded like a great mother and it was always good to hear you recognized that and appreciated it in the moment. Miss you both lots.

  95. Please accept my sympathy on the death of y our Mom. Y:ou and your family are in my prayers. Miss you on the radio!
    S. M. Caritas

  96. Lupe Aleman says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My Mom died six years ago from cancer and last week my told told us he has lung cancer. My prayers are with you and your family. Lupe Aleman

  97. Lupe Aleman says:

    I meant my Dad told us he has cancer. Lupe

  98. Dorothy Schorn says:

    So very, very sorry. Thank God for the gift of her. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  99. Jeff B. says:

    Love and peace to you and your family during this most difficult time. Live as she asked, remembering when all was grand. Though I never met her, her wonderful daughter is a legacy any mother would be proud of, she had to have be a delightful soul. Hugs and prayers to you all!

    Jeff B.
    (A fan since 1984)

  100. Terry & Wayne Michalak says:

    We are so sorry. Our prayers continue to be with you. We know you will miss your mom so much…and hurt! Please know that you are much loved.

  101. Vince says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. She was a very important part in all of us connecting to both of you as real people and not just voices coming from the speaker. I felt as though I knew her through you. My sincere condolences to you both and prayers for both her peace and yours as well as your Dad and the multitudes of others who loved her.

  102. David & Sandy Rozek says:

    so sorry to about your mom; i know what you are going through is tough but I believe that with all the peoples lifes that you 2 have touched out there you are not alone; as you and your followers where there when I needed support when my daughter was murdered. our sincere condolances; the Polish baker and family

  103. helen bodven says:

    Dear Johnnie,
    Try to remember her as she wished: be mindful always of her advice, happy times together, and being such a good mom to you that she remains in spirit with you for the rest of your life. Gosh, my prayers are with you and your family. Miss you and Steve a lot !!!
    Love you kids…….

  104. Kathleen A. O'Connell-Thomas says:

    So very sorry to hear about Joyce,lost my Mom 16 years ago still miss her. Miss you at night.

  105. Chuck VanderVennet says:

    Sorry to hear about your Mom but thank you for letting all of us former listeners know. Because of the way you opened your life to your radio family family, we all knew of your Mom. I called my Mom Sunday afternoon to wish her Happy Birthday (78 on Sunday) and arrived home from being away to learn of your loss. I hope you can take comfort in the wisdom she imparted and the memories of her that will last. Take good care.
    Chuck V
    longtime ex-listener

  106. caroline says:

    Hi Johnnie and Steve

    I am so sorry to here about Johnnie’s mom.

    Johnnie, I will cherish all the stories you told about your mom. While I never met her I feel I knew her. She sounded like a really cool mom.

    We will always remember her.


  107. Barry Laskov says:

    Johnnie, so sorry to hear about the loss of your dear mother. Our hearts and thoughts are with you.

    Barry and Cathleen Laskov

  108. There is little that can be said to help ease the pain but know that you and your family are in many prayers as you mourn. I often tell friends that, if they let it, the memories of their loved one will soon fill the hole left in their hearts. May that be so for you.
    Again, my sympathies,
    Anna Braun
    Plano, IL

  109. Karen Peters says:

    I am so sorry to learn of your Mom’s passing. My prayers to you and your family. Words are never enough at a time like this but please know we will always be there for you.

  110. Dianne d'andrea says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I lost my mom in Aug. 2009 and sweetie I feel your heartbreak. It’s so hard. So very very hard. And it’s so different without her. I’m so glad your mom insisted on going home to be with you. My prayers are with you and your family.

  111. Liza says:

    I am so sorry for you loss. I know how difficult it is to lose a parent. I hope you can find comfort in your memories, family and friends. Take care of yourself.

  112. Marc Lindsay says:

    Johnnie, thank you so much for thinking of us and posting this even in the midst of your own grief! I hope that posting it and reading the responses will be consoling for you. Alas I saw this coming: I hoped I was wrong. I was coming awake as the Bill Leff show got underway and his report of your news seeped into groggy awareness. Joyce was a warm and hospitable presence at WGN events–much more than a bonus along with your dad. For you and all your kin, hugs and prayers.

  113. Maria Picur says:

    My deepest Sympathy Johnny and Famely,Prayers are with you.

  114. I’m praying for blessings on you during this time.

  115. Barb Feinsinger says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. I am glad you had that time to spend with her at the end in the comfort of your/her home. Our deepest sympathies to your Dad as well.

  116. Carl R. Cooper says:

    I never had the pleasure to meet her, but after years of listening to your comments about her, I felt as if she were a friend. So very sorry for your loss.

  117. Kirk says:

    That’s the way to go out and for a loved one to go when they must, so sorry for your loss.

  118. Rebecca says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I lost my 97 year old mother in November. I don’t think a child is ever ready to lose their parent, even if we are fully grown. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Steve and your dad. Courage. A listener since 1997.

  119. Pam says:

    Johnnie and Steve please accept my deepest sympathies at the loss of your dear Mother. Thank you for sharing her with us on WGN, she sounded like a terrific Lady.

  120. Mary says:

    Johnnie & Steve,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Take comfort in the fact that your mom ended this journey surrounded by people who adored her. Prayers and thoughts with you all.

  121. Betsy says:

    Johnnie & Steve
    I am so sorry for you loss. As most have said, I hadn’t personally met your Mom but feel like I know her after all these years. She sounded like a truly classy lady full of life so loved the two of you. Prayers and thoughts are with all of you during this time.

  122. Bill Parker says:

    Know your feelings, just lost my wife’s mother at 98, so sad to say “good-bye”, but it is a part of life and life goes on. Cherish the days together and the many good thoughts that she brought.

    God Bless

  123. Bonnie P says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  124. Laura D says:

    This is so bitter sweet~ When you and Steve lost your night spot on WGN it reminded me of the one time in my life I was let go from a job. I have been a CNA taking care of others for my entire life and was let go due to the fact I reported resident abuse. It took me months of walking the floors at night trying to shake the feeling. I however always believed God does everything for a reason. My Mom was at the time ill and being let go allowed me to spend time with her daily doing just what you did Johnnie. The day before Mom went home I got the news I was hired at Christ hospital once again able to do what I do best taking care of others. I was able to walk into Mom’s hospital room and tell her not to worry I got a job. The only things is we were getting ready to take her home to her house so she could pass where she felt comfortable and she passed the night before she came home. So you see Johnnie God does do everyting for a reason it makes no sence what happened to either of us however the one we love most in life bennifited. I will continue to work and take care of others and if I ever see someone being abused I will hold my head high and report it~
    My prayers are with you. IT is WGN’s loss your Mom won!

  125. m Comstock says:

    So Sorry, sending love to you

  126. lynda obremski says:

    sorry to hear. we felt like we knew her too.
    take comfort in our precious last days.
    there was a reason you left the radio show. hugs to you. lynda

  127. Patt says:

    Love and prayers to you and your family.
    Still miss you two a lot.

  128. Joan Bisping says:

    My condolences to you and all of your family & people who loved your Mom.
    My Mom had a stroke and could only say a few things & the last yer before she died she would be out and say she wanted to go Home. We thought she wanted to go back to the NH and then finally realized she wanted to go HOME to be with my Dad. I know you will treasure the memories you had with her and always remember how important you were to her. Take care of your Dad and you will get through together.

  129. Sandy says:

    Sorry about your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family

  130. Kathy Williams says:

    Losing my mom was the most difficult time in my life. Mothers and daughters have an amazing bond. Take care, and remember the happy times.

  131. Florence Owens says:

    Johnnie and Steve,
    May you be comforted with all the love, prayers and support you had throughout the years of trials and tribulations but most of all, knowing you were with your Mom as she went Home.
    You will be all in my prayers. God Bless!

  132. Sue Conrad says:

    Johnnie and Steve I am so sorry for your loss, my prayers are with you.

  133. Dear Johnnie, I know what it’s like to lose a parent. Though my Dad’s beeen gone almost 16 years ( My anniversary a Jewel and the anniversary of his passing are only months apart) I still miss him everyday, but I know he will always live in my memories and in my heart, and one of my best friends told me that he is whole again and no longer sick, and he is with God. That’s your Mom too. She’s no longer Sick anymore she’s at peace, and I believe she is watching over you and always will be. Feel a hug from Lisle. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Mike B

  134. Mark says:

    Loss of a parent is one of the hardest things we have to do in life. I lost my dad several years ago, and it takes a long time to get over the fact that they are no longer with us. You and your family will overtime get past these sad times, and remember the good times. I know both you and Steve had a very close relationship with Johnnies mom, it showed in EVERYTHING you did and said. Johnnies mom is heaven looking down and saying “Yeah, it’s OK to be sad for a while; but always remember that we WILL see each other again.”

    May God bless you in this time of grief…. watch over you and comfort you. Your mom will be added to my prayer list.

    Always Praying


  135. Pat Prange says:

    Johnnie, I am sorry to hear about your Mom’s death. What a wonderful way to put it — going HOME home. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Steve and your Dad.

  136. Mike Berkowitz says:

    Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  137. Char Lane says:

    Johnnie my prayers and gentle hugs are with you. Try to remember all the happy times as I have had to and it brings a smile to my face remembering how dear my mom was to me. May God Bless You Both. Love you both Johnnie and Steve and miss you so much. xo Char Lane

  138. Joanne Sensendorf says:

    Johnnie and Steve:
    I’m so sorry for your loss my prayers are with you and your family.

  139. No matter how old we get Johnnie, losing our mother is the worst. I lost mine at 22. 44 years later I still miss her and ask her advice at times. I miss you and Steve’s show so much. I moved to TX from the midwest a year ago and WGN was my favorite and only radio station I listened to. Then Ron died in Dec., then I moved in Jan. I could still listen to WGN at night thru a skip wave, I guess, on my radio and hearing you both on the show made me feel not so homesick. Then, WGN goes crazy, gets rid of people, you both leave……I’m just…well, I don’t know, sad I guess. Best of luck to you both, and Johnnie your mom is up there now, in no pain, watching over you and she’s where we all want to go. I’ve kept that in my mind the last 44 years about my mom. My sympathies…

    • Susan says:

      Marianne, what I nice person you are. I,too, feel as you. I lost my Mom in 1998, and it still seems as yesterday! I am new to this group and normally do not chat online. I was so moved by your generous comments to our Johnnie and I ache for her as well. Was not WGN the best? Then they did what they did; money is a problem for the so-called management. Well, Jack Paar and I never listened to a radio program or TV program we did not like!
      I do so wish you well.

  140. Paul says:


    Having lost my Dad this past year, I understand. Best Wishes from myself and my family to yours…

    Paul W.

  141. Nancy Hollins says:

    My thoughts and prayers go with you and your family. May you be comforted that she has gone Home!

  142. ED says:

    A very special mom & a very special daughter. My deepest sympathies to Johnnie, Steve & families. Glad to hear though, that you had some last precious moments with her. That’s such a gift.

  143. Ron says:

    My Mom went home 23 years to the day that your Mother went and I still miss her everyday. She told me that she would always be in my heart everyday and she was so right. The memories of times past will fill your hearts with love and joy as mine have done. My prayers to all of you of at this sad time.

  144. Mary Jo Finnelli says:


  145. Marlene Duy says:

    My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family! So sorry to hear about your lost…… She will always be with you! She will come to you in your dreams……….

  146. Sue May says:

    I am so sorry for your loss-nothing so sad as losing your mom. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Feel like I know your mom from listening to you and Steve talk about her. What a lovely woman and you will always be able to cherish your memories of her. God bless.
    Sue May

  147. Karyl Bruketa says:

    I am so sorry for you loss. You are in my prayers.

  148. Joyce M says:

    My sympathy to you both. What a blessing to have had such a wonderful mother. Find peace and consolation in knowing she is HOME.

  149. Ellen says:

    Dear Johnnie and Steve,
    You were the light in the lonely darkness for so many of us.

    May this list of messages during this time of sadness in some small way let you know and help you realize that you are not alone.

    We are all with you.

    Your fan for life,

  150. Renee Hughart says:

    Johnnie: I am so very sorry to hear this. I too was an only child, so I know how close this relationshilp is.

    From listening to you & your husband on WGN for all the years you were there, I heard you talk of your mom & things you did together. It always reminded me of what my mom meant to me, times it made me sad, then other times it brought a smile as I remembered the same things we shared.
    Your mother loved you with all her heart and she was proud of the woman you became. You were a good daughter. Hold on to those thoughts.

    My husband and I will pray for God to give you strength. Now your dad needs you to be strong.
    Blessing From Our Lord To You. Winston and Renee Hughart

  151. virgil pederson says:

    Sorry about your

  152. Marge says:

    Johnnie, Steve and family, I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. When we lose our Mom, we lose a whole piece of us. God bless and keep you and help you thru this most difficult time.
    With love and caring, Marge

  153. Wendy Koziol says:

    Dear Johnnie and Steve, I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. I’m sending hugs to you and your dad. All you should do now is take one day at a time. All your old friends are here for you as you were there for us. Take care Wendy Koziol

  154. Rosemarie Germann says:

    So sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you. My husband died suddenly on Christmas morning. We are taking one day at a time. You will too.

    Rosemarie Germann

  155. Judy Besser says:

    Though I only know you from your radio show on WGN (I really miss you two.), I know she must have been a wonderful woman because she raised a wonderful daughter. I know you will miss her terribly. I am so sorry for your loss. How nice you could be at home with her in the end.

  156. Mike Brose says:

    Johnnie, Please accept my condolences. Words cannot replace your mother, but just remember that you have many unmet friends supporting you.

  157. Cathy says:

    Sorry for your loss. I never have good words to say at a time like this except to send prayers your way.

  158. Calvin Temple says:

    Prayers and condolences to you and your family on the loss of your mother.

  159. Cbdoessnowplowig says:

    So sorry for your loss. I have been involved with funerals and I always hear: from the day you are born until the day you die, does not matter. It is the dash between that is important. And I do feel you mom did a lot in the dash time. You will remember that time. All the love that you shared, and everything that you shared with her. God bless her and you, Steve and your father.
    Carol B



  161. So sorry to hear about your Mom going Home. Just remember heaven is a good and beautiful place! She will be happy there until the rest of us join her. I’ll keep you all held close in prayer.


  162. Mike Marschalk says:

    My condolences on your loss, my prayers for her and your family,

    Mike Marschalk

  163. D' Wisenbarger says:


  164. Linda says:

    Johnnie and Steve,
    Thank you for sharing Johnnie’s mom with us for all those years. We have your family in our prayers.

  165. Sharron Klopp says:

    My sincere sympathy,Johnnie and Steve. I know you will keep an eye on your dad…he’s suffering a big loss. You and Steve had a wonderful gift of time that you spent with them both. Speak of the memories…it is helpful. I just lost my husband of 42 years two weeks ago and the memories help me get through the days. Your family is in my prayers. God Bless.

  166. Janet says:

    Your mom was a special person, she touched the lives of all the people she came in to contact with. Possibly made them better, because of it! Cherish your memories, she will always be with you, Steve and your Dad. She will be remembered!

  167. Joe Herek says:

    My Deepest Sympathies to you and yours in your loss.
    May the angels lead you into paradise;
    may the martyrs come to welcome you
    and take you to the holy city,
    the new and eternal Jerusalem.

  168. Sharon Harris says:

    Very sorry for your loss and know that your mom is in great hands.
    Love and carring to you all.
    Sharon Harris

  169. Ken says:

    Just read with sadness about your mother’s passing.
    Glad you all were able to spend some quality time with her, too.
    You are still like family to many of us and your sadness is our sadness.

  170. arlene m says:

    Mom’s are Special, so glad your family had the chance to be with her, listen to her words of wisdom. Peace to you and your family. Good bye Joyce. your heart was felt throughout chicagoland. Thanks for sharing her with us Johnnie and Steve.

  171. Virginia Golec says:

    Words can not say how you two felt. In your heart you know it was best for her. It does not help you feel any better though. Please accept our condolenses.

  172. Alan Hobbs says:

    Johnnie, you do many things every day, random acts of kindness, being polite when you don’t have to, etc., because, like me, “my mom raised me right.” Next time it happens, take a second and consider it a blessing you’re keeping her spirit alive. It helps me every day. I hope it helps you, Steve and the rest of your family. Good thoughts coming your way from North Carolina. Alan

  173. Vicki says:

    Lots of love to you both and to your Dad, and much peace. Your Mom is watching over you now, and hopefully she sees the rest of us here supporting you, too…and smiles.

  174. Barbara says:

    So sorry to hear about your mom. Heard you talk about her so often almost felt like I knew her. Lost my mom 1 1/2 years ago at 94 … still think “I need to call and tell …” or “… ask Mom”. It is so hard. You are in my prayers. Miss you when I can’t sleep in the middle of the night.

  175. Bob Rutkas says:

    You have my deepest condolences. Both my mom and dad have been gone physically for many years now, but they are still with me and my family in spirit everyday. Your mom also will be with you forever. We want you to know that you were more than radio entertainers to us… you were part of our family. Your hurt is our hurt.

    Bob Rutkas

  176. Sorry I am so late in telling you how very sorry I am for the loss of your mother Johnnie and your Mother in law Steve. May she rest in peace and watch over you from above,

  177. Gene & Nancy J says:

    Just heard about your mom,we are sorry.You and your family will always be in our prayers.

  178. Linda Bernat says:

    Wondering what’s going on with your lives now. Hope all is well.

  179. Howard Reddick says:

    I really miss you kids. You might remember Howard from Mendota or not, that’s not important. Remember the listener who sent you a manual for your mothers new system? (OS)
    You wanted to do something for me in return & I refused. It was I who was returning the favor.
    You graced our lives with your wit and candor. I have been working on “requiem of a radio family”(WGN)). Hope I finish it. So sorry for your loss. I am so very thankful to learn you are both well (moved away 2009).
    So much I’d like to say (the first thing Uncle Bobby said to me) but I digress. This is about you & how much you meant to us.

  180. Barb Dybala says:

    So sorry to read about the lost of your mom. I’m so happy to read about all you n Steve It sounds like your really happy doing everything you always wanted to do. I can’t wait to see you on tv or were ever you life leads you. Thank you for all the good years you brought me.

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