Cleo Johnson Corsi
Cleo Johnson Corsi went to sleep Sunday night in the treehouse apartment she shared with her daughter Gypsy at 43 Way Up Way in Clayton. She woke up on June 25th in Heaven. She had been 92 years old for ten days (June 15, 1926--June 25, 2018). The highlight of her birthday was a night out with “the girls” that included wine, chocolate cake and a lot of laughter.
Cleo was known to her friends as CJ and Suggy by her family. She was the kind of human being that got along with everyone; she never met a person she didn’t like. The feeling was mutual. I never met a person that didn’t take an instant liking to her; people always wanted to talk about the sweetness at my mother’s core. I never heard her speak an ill word about another person (even when I disagreed with her assumptions). She loved going out where there were people she knew and music playing. Earlier in her life, she loved dancing to the music. She enjoyed decorating, painting, dressing up (in costume if the occasion called for it) and going to the Senior Center for lunch & exercise. She always had the infectious giggle of young girl; making those around her smile or laugh along with her.
CJ was born in Sarasota and lived most of her life on the Gulf Coast of Florida, but the last 15 years Clayton had become her home. She enjoyed the change of seasons and the beauty of the mountains, but most of all she loved the people here. Getting out to see her friends became more difficult in this past year. More recently, she was becoming very weary of never regaining her full strength following shoulder surgery and a long bout with the flu over the Christmas holidays. Shortly after her birthday, she stopped saying, “I bet I’m going to feel better tomorrow.” The two days before she left this earth were particularly exhausting to her. Now we need to take heart in knowing the next time she woke up all of the tiredness and discomfort in the body that served her here for 92 years was gone. She awoke to a new day to finally feel better.
CJ will be returning home to Sarasota for her final resting place. She'll be placed next to her parents, Robert Lee and Wilma Johnson. She is survived by her daughter Gypsy Alderman of Clayton, son Vic Alderman, his wife Sarah and her grandson Deacon (Pennsylvania), her daughter Julie Alderman (Washington), granddaughter Morgana Alderman (Oregon), granddaughter Jana Hayden (Washington), grandson Chancellor Hayden, wife Shelly and great grandson Hollis (Oregon), her granddaughter Bray Hayden, husband Shawn and great grandson Beckett (Washington), her sister Mae Hurley (Clayton and Sarasota), sister Margie Horton (Sarasota), six nieces, & nephews and many great nieces & nephews.
Now that she’s crossed over, her family and friends take comfort in knowing that her old vim and vigor have been returned to her. She’s in the arms of God, surrounded by and the family and friends that got to Heaven before her. She’s got her dancin’ shoes back on.
Funeral services will be held in Palms Funeral Home at noon on Saturday, July 7th in Sarasota, Fl. Flowers and cards may be sent to Palms Funeral and Memorial Park, 170 Honore Ave, Sarasota, Florida 34232.