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JOAN JOHNSON


1937 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
JOAN JOHNSON Obituary
JOHNSON, Joan Passed away peacefully on May 27 at home in the company of her loving son and daughter-in-law. Joan was born in April of 1937, the daughter of Edna and Dr. Robert Shapiro. She had the honor of being the first baby born to an alumna of the Radcliffe class of 1936. Joan grew up in Swampscott, and attended the Cambridge School of Weston where she made lifelong friends. While attending Bennington College, she met her husband Charles (Ed) Johnson Jr., who she adored and cared for until his passing in November 2012. Joan and Ed lived and raised their family in Swampscott and Marblehead, MA. During these years Joan enjoyed working at the Marblehead Reporter and Ed was a buyer for Jordan Marsh, taking him all over the world. Ed eventually took over the family business in Hamden, CT. Later Joan and Ed ran a successful advertising business together. This transition allowed for the addition of Caesar, Sam, Thumper and Samantha in their lives, all dogs who were deeply cherished. Retirement brought them to Lady Lake, FL where they were both delighted by the community of friends they made and the musical events that were always available. Joan had always educated herself on health related topics, and applied that to working in a nutrition store for almost her entire 'retirement' while Ed was able to enjoy the many golf courses in the community. Joan and Ed enjoyed a lifetime of entertaining family and friends, boating all along Marblehead's North Shore coastline, concerts in Crocker Park, walks to the Marblehead Dock, family vacations, and each other. Joan leaves her loving son Charles E (Chuck) Johnson III and his wife Pat, grandchildren Jackie, Charles (Jay) IV, Jordan, her daughter Sarah, her brother Robert Shapiro, 3 great-grandchildren and her faithful beagle Samantha. To celebrate their last wishes, Memorial Service will be held for Joan and Ed for family and close friends later this year in Marblehead.
Published in The Boston Globe on June 8, 2014
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