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Joreen Waine Johnson

October 10, 1928 September 17, 2010
Joreen Waine Johnson
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St. Albans – Joreen Waine Johnson, 81, widow of Dr. Walter H. Johnson of Bank Street, St. Albans died Friday evening September 17, 2010, at the Northwestern Medical Center with her family by her side after a lengthy battle with leukemia. A multi-talented lady, she brought joy and wisdom to her family and was selfless and boundless with any project. She will be missed by all. Born in Falmouth, ME, October 10, 1928, the daughter of English Immigrants, John and Winifred Maude (Kettley) Waine, Joreen graduated from Castleton State College. She married Dr. Walter H. Johnson in July 1948, in St. Albans. She leaves five children, Walter H., Jr. of Canton, NY; Judy Werner (John) of Arlington, VT; John (Paula) of St. Albans, Christopher (Delores) of Highgate and Jennifer Hubbard (James) of Swanton; as well as eight grandchildren, John Kenneth “JK” Werner (Navya) of London England; Mathieu Johnson (Melissa) of Clifton Park, NY; Meredith Johnson Phelan (William) of New York City; Marc Johnson of St. Albans; Jordan Werner of Burlington; Joreen, John, and Jacob Hubbard of Swanton and one great granddaughter, Mackenzie Grace Johnson. She is also survived by niece, Susan Loiselle, nephew, Roy Waine, sister, Betty Lang and brother-in-law, William, and close friends, Dorothy Bliss and Polly Thomas. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Walter in 2008 and brothers, Roy and Paul Waine and niece, Jacqueline Parent. A substitute teacher prior to starting her family, Jerry had a variety of talents; sewing, gardening and painting among them. She was very active in the community, and she and Dr. Johnson were named Northwestern Counseling and Support Services Citizens of the Year in 1999. She served on the Board of Franklin-Grand Isle Mental Health Services, Franklin County Citizen’s Advocacy; Franklin Grand Isle United Way, serving as Campaign Chair in 1989-90, the Northern Vermont Health Network, and St. Luke’s Vestry. She also volunteered at the Northwestern Medical Center, Verdelle Village and with Operation Happiness. The family expresses its heartfelt gratitude to Christian Thomas, Christine Suratte and Shelly Bonnett for all the tender loving care they have given mother during her illness. On her behalf, the family would also like to express their thanks for the on-going help and support of her neighbors, particularly Allison O’Neal and family, who were so kind and loving, and Rae Catlin who has been so helpful for many years. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 27, 2010, at 11:00 A.M. in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on the corner of Fairfield and Church Streets. The Reverend David Veale will officiate. Jerry’s family will receive friends immediately following the service in the fellowship hall of the church. Interment will be in the St. Albans Bay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Center of Northern New York and Vermont, 5 Computer Drive, Suite 100, Albany, New York 12205 or St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 8 Bishop Street, St. Albans, VT 05478. Assisting the Johnson family is the Heald Funeral Home where messages of condolence are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.

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