SHINGLEHOUSE - Vickie Lee Johnston, 68, of Shinglehouse, passed away on Tuesday (Feb. 9, 2016) in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, N.Y., surrounded by her loving family after a year-long battle with breast cancer.
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She was born on June 18, 1947, in Shinglehouse, the daughter of Victor V. and Emma B. Peterson Clark. On Oct. 31, 1964 in Duke Center, she married Gary G Johnston, who survives.
Vickie attended school in a one-room schoolhouse in Ceres and graduated from Oswayo Valley High School in the class of 1964.
She was employed by Alcas Cutlery Corp of Olean for 37 years, retiring in December 2013. Vickie enjoyed gardening and taking care of her home but her greatest love was her family, especially her grandchildren.
Surviving are her husband, best friend and love, Gary G. Johnston, and her beloved children Renee Sterling of Olean, N.Y., and Dane (Georgine) Johnston of Pittsburgh. She was the grandmother to six perfect grandchildren, Cody Snyder and Dylan Snyder both of Olean, Second Lieutenants Martina Johnston and Margaret Johnston, both serving in Amberg, Germany, and Miranda Johnston and Merrick Johnston both of Pittsburgh. She is also survived by three devoted siblings, a brother Bernard "Red" (Nancy) Haynes of Shinglehouse and two sisters, Bernadine (Michael) Cole of Valparaiso, Ind., and Cheryl "Sherrie" Johnston of Shinglehouse; as well as many nieces and nephews. The family would also like to acknowledge Vickie's special love for Justin Tarr, who she accepted as a part of her family.
Vickie was predeceased by her parents.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Virgil L Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union St, Shinglehouse, with funeral services following at 12:30 p.m. in the funeral home. The Reverend Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Pink Pumpkin Project at www.thepinkpumpkinproject.org or 2319 Valley View Dr, Allegany, NY 14706. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 716-378-3727.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Vickie, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com
Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home
118 South Union St.
Shinglehouse, PA 16748
Published in The Bradford Era from Feb. 11 to Feb. 17, 2016