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Vivian Johnson

The family of Vivian Viola Johnson regretfully announces her passing on November 7, 2002.
She will be lovingly remembered by her husband Walter Edgar Johnson and children Carol, Colleen (John) Punt, Donald (Jane), Marlane (Tony) Boothby, Allan, David (Karen); grandchildren Terri, Lindsay, Andrea, Trevor, Kristy, Jamie, Mark, Katja, Matthew, Michael, Brian, Kristina and Emily. She leaves to mourn her passing 2 brothers Denver and Clifford, and 3 sisters Louise Witmire, Jean Jarrett and Bonnie Boron as well as numerous nieces, nephews, neighbours and friends.
Mom was predeceased by her parents Andrew and Gladys Thorburn and 2 brothers MacDonald and Curtis.
Mom was born on January 15, 1917 in John Day, Oregon and came to the Rainy River district with her family in 1922. During her early years she worked at Calvert’s Camp on Cedar Island which she had fond memories of. She then moved to Davenport, Iowa where she worked as a maid and then at a factory weaving towels. From there she went to Niagara Falls, ON where she became a cabinet maker, building her own kitchen cabinets in her spare time. During the dark days of WWII Mom contributed to the war effort by working in the Aircraft Assembly plant building Mosquito Bombers and welding. Mom and Dad were married on October 14, 1946 and had just celebrated 56 years together. She loved God and Family most and got great pleasure from her “beautiful paradise ranch”. Her other interests included writing and reciting poetry, photography, sewing and knitting and gardening. We will miss her great sense of humour.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday November 12, 2002 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran CHurch in Bergland, Ontario. Pastor Darlene Smith officiated with interment in Bergland Cemetery.
The pallbearers were John Pirkl, John Penner, Paul Peters, Carl Peters, Glen Anderson and Mark Johnson.
The family wishes to thank the Rainy River Health Care Facility for the excellent care she received during her stay there.
Although her smile is gone forever
And her hand we cannot touch
We will never lose the memory
Of our mom we loved so much
God please put your arms around her
And hold her in your care
Make up for all she suffered
And all she had to bear,
Please tell her that we love her
And our hearts still ache with pain
We hold her close in our memories
Until we meet again.