JOHNSON-CHIN Sally passed away peacefully on April 21 at her home in Medford. The daughter of the late Frank Johnson and the late Sue Jones Johnson, she is survived by her loving husband, Samuel P. Sears Jr., her daughters, Kristy Tofuri of Wilmington, and Samantha and Stephanie Chin, both of Stoneham, her son-in-law, Anthony Tofuri, and her granddaughter, Holly Moon Tofuri. She is also survived by her brother, Frank Johnson Jr. (Janet) of Columbus, Ohio, two sisters, Jill Brown (Bill) of Woburn and Bonnie (Mark) Totman of Winchester, her former husband, Stephen Chin of Stoneham, one nephew, four nieces, three cousins, five step-children and seven step-grandchildren. Sally was a long-time resident of Winchester, a 1966 graduate of Winchester High School, and for many years a member of the Winchester Country Club. She received B.S. and M.Ed degrees from Boston University and, following three years of teaching in the Boston and Woburn school systems, a MBA degree from Babson College. Sally paid for her education by working as a professional model and at the Playboy Club of Boston. She had a long and successful professional career, initially as a CPA at Ernst & Young in its Boston and Miami offices, and then in increasingly senior financial executive positions at Digital Equipment Corporation, Microwave Associates Inc. (M/A-COM), Medical Academic and Scientific Community Organization (MASCO) and Oechsle International Advisors. During her professional career, she was an active member of several business and professional organizations devoted to the advancement of women in business and the affairs of financial executives. In recent years, she has served as a business financial consultant and mortgage broker. Sally is also survived by a network of loyal and devoted friends generated from each phase of her diverse educational, professional and personal experiences. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 9, at 10:00 a.m. at The Parish of the Epiphany, 70 Church Street, Winchester, MA 01890. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Winchester Hospital Heidbreider Comfort Fund, which is devoted to the palliative care of cancer patients during treatment, at 611 Main Street, Winchester, MA 01890.
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Published in Boston Herald on Apr. 24, 2015