Margaret E. "Johnie" Gano
Margaret E. Gano (Johnie) age 97, of Pensacola, passed away Monday, October 21, 2013. She was born on April 15, 1916 in Kewanee, Illinois and lived there until she left to attend college. She attended the University of Illinois where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics and met her future husband. After graduation, she moved to Hawaii and married.
Johnie was a devoted Navy wife and mother and a survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. She moved her family many times to be with her beloved husband, the late Commander Dale Gano (USN ret); duty stations included Hawaii and Naples, Italy, as well as San Francisco, Washington DC, Norfolk, Jacksonville, and finally Pensacola where they settled in 1965 in Myrtle Grove.
A dedicated homemaker, Johnie was also an avid needle worker and belonged to the Pensacola chapter of the Embroiders Guild of America. She taught various needle work classes at Sanders Beach and Bay View Community Center as well as at the Pensacola Senior Center. She enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, bicycling, and swimming well into her late 80s. She continued to play the piano and was an avid reader. She regularly attended Protestant services at various Navy chapels in the Pensacola area.
Johnie was preceded in death by her husband, Commander Dale Gano, USN ret. She is survived by her four children: Dr. Jean G. Neisius (Colleyville, TX), Commander Richard Gano, USN ret (Panama City, FL), Kathleen Waters (Hayesville, NC), and James Gano (Orange Beach, AL); 6 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
The funeral service will be at the Pensacola NAS All Faiths Chapel Monday, October 28 at 1pm, with visitation one hour prior. Burial will follow at Barrancas National Cemetery at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or to a
. Oak Lawn Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.
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Published in Pensacola News Journal from Oct. 25 to Oct. 27, 2013