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Fatima J. “Tina” (Mills) Johnsen

August 22, 1955 - November 20, 2021

Fatima J. “Tina” (Mills) Johnsen, age 66, of Middletown, DE, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 20, 2021.

Born in Washington Heights, NY, on August 22, 1955, to the union of the late Mary and William Mills.

In 1984, Tina met Arnie Johnsen while working at Citibank. They got married on November 14, 1986, and from that union they have two wonderful children, Ray and Kaitlin Johnsen. Tina was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker. She ran the household in Aberdeen, NJ, and cared for her grandson, Braedon, until he began school. In 2010, they retired to Spring Arbor in Middletown, DE. Tina and Arnie were very active members in their community. Tina enjoyed sitting at the pool daily, soaking up the sun and leading a water aerobics class.

Tina was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in December 2018. She was a champion and warrior, fighting through seven rounds of chemo and three surgeries. All along, Arnie was her steadfast and devoted caretaker.

In addition to her parents, Tina was preceded in death by her brother, Ray Mills. She leaves to mourn her memory, her husband of 35 years, Arnie Johnsen; son, Ray Johnsen; daughter, Kaitlin Johnsen; sister, Patricia Grant; grandchildren, Braedon and Riley; and a host of close friends and relatives.

Visitations for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 12 pm and from 2 pm until 4 pm on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 275 East Main Street, Middletown, DE. Face coverings will be required for all those in attendance not immunized with the COVID-19 vaccine per the Governor of Delaware. Services and interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Tina’s name to the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, 4701 Ogletown Stanton Rd, Newark, DE 19713 or Season’s Hospice, 220 Continental Drive, Suite 101, Newark, DE 19713 or online by clicking here.

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16 Guestbook messages for Fatima J. “Tina” (Mills) Johnsen

  • With the very deepest of sympathy for your loss. Tina was truly a one of a kind special light in this world. Her loss leaves a big hole in my heart. I’m thankful to have shared a special bond with her along our life journey. God bless and keep you all. May you be comforted by her wonderful memories.

  • “I Have Come To Believe, More Strongly Than Ever, That After People Die They Really Do Live On Through Those Who Love Them.”
    — Caroline Kennedy —

  • Deepest condolences. Love and hugs to you all. Tina was a fantastic woman

  • Our deepest sympathy at the loss of your wife and Mother, Tina. She was a beautiful person. Sincerely, the Verbits

  • My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Tina will surely be missed by all. May she Rest In Peace in the arms of the Lord. Respectfully, MaryAnn Holland.

  • My condolences to the family for the lose of a beautiful soul named Tina who loved family, people, children, and all of our pets. She will be missed by all of us.

  • Tina was an inspiration with her positive spirit and encouragement.

  • Such a brave lady through the last 3 years. Tina will be missed. My deepest sympathy. Tina will be missed by many. Hugs.

  • So sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family.
    Soon after I moved to Spring Arbor I started water aerobics with Tina as the “Drill Sergeant “. She made water aerobics challenging and fun. I knew we made the right choice moving to Spring Arbor then.

    Sincerely, John and Mary Jane Grusemeyer

  • Arnie & children: Sorry to hear of Tina’s passing. She was an energetic water aerobics teacher whose class I enjoyed here in Spring Arbor. May your memories sustain you during this time. Condolences on your loss and know that she will be well remembered here.

  • We have known Tina, Arnie and Kaitlin for many years. Tina had an amazing positive attitude and, Arnie was her rock. Tina
    was so loveable with a contagious smile. Our deepest sympathy to the Johnsen family. Memories are forever.

    god Bless

  • Tina will be truly missed by everyone that was blessed to have known her. Sending our condolences & prayers for Arnie, Kaitlin ,Ray & Braeden.

  • Our deepest condolences to Arnie and family. Tina touched so many lives with her smile and open heart. I feel privileged to call her my friend and to have had the time and memories that will be with me forever.

  • Although I did not know Tina well, her “General-like” commands during water aerobics classes brought smiles (and groans) from her very grateful students. She was a joy to be around and had a kind and loving spirit, and a great sense of humor, which will live on in those whose lives she touched. We send our deepest condolences to the Johnsen Family for your profound loss.

  • My deepest condolences to Arnie, Ray and Katie for their loss. Tina leaves behind a huge hole in our hearts but equally wonderful memories of a life well lived. May she Rest In Peace and may your hearts find peace in knowing how much she loved you all.

  • Arnie, Kaitlin, Ray and Family – Sending love and prayers and deepest sympathy for your loss. Tina had such a positive impact on everyone she met, and we are all better for knowing her. She was a true leader, from water aerobics to weight watchers at Spring Arbor. She always encouraged us to set goals and reach them. Her light will shine on through her soulmate Arnie and her children and grandchildren. May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead.