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JOHANSSON, John L. John Lennart Johansson, 81, of Portland, beloved husband of Mary (Govone) Johansson for nearly 60 years, passed away on Sunday, (May 15, 2011) at Apple Rehab in Cromwell. Born in Wilmington, Delaware on August 17, 1929, he was the son of the late Rev. John G. Johansson and Anna (Lindgren) Johansson. He was a graduate of Northport Long Island High School and Long Island Agricultural Institute (now Farmingdale). He was a veteran of the US Air Force with Air Training Command as instructor in Airframe repair prior to being sent to Japan and Korea for a year. Upon honorable discharge he was employed by Pratt and Whitney in their Training School then at Kaman Aircraft in Moosup as Liaison Engineer, then at Allen Manufacturing as a Tool Designer. He became a builder of residential homes for approximately 20 years. He was commander of VFW Post 1344 in Marlborough from 1979-1981. From 1981 to 1984, he was Commander of the Marlborough American Legion Post 197 and was the Third District VFW Adjutant for four years. After living in Marlborough for 50 years, he and his wife moved to Portland in 2002 where he became a member of the First United Methodist Church in Middletown and was active in the Church being Chairman of the Church Council; member of the Board of Finance; member and treasurer of the UMM and the Organ Restoration Committee. Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, Cristal Johansson Brown of Danville, VT, David L. Johansson and his wife, Elizabeth of Hinesburg, VT and Teresa (Johansson) Spooner and her husband, Thomas of East Hampton; two sisters, Edna Stewart and her husband, Howard of Simsbury and Anne Risch and her husband, Leonard of Barnagat, NJ; six grandchildren, Joshua H. Brown and his wife, Elizabeth Dollhopf-Brown, Aaron Winslow Brown, Phd., Zachariah Elton Brown, Kristopher A. Johansson and his wife, Sara, Kara E. Johansson and Timothy D. Spooner; a great-granddaughter, Margaret Helen (Greta) Brown; and many nieces and nephews. John delighted in his family, especially during any family gathering, and proudly supported his children and grandchildren in their academic pursuits. He was eagerly looking forward to three family graduations to take place in May. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 24 Old Church Street, Middletown with The Rev. Stefanie Bennett officiating. Interment will follow in the State Veterans' Cemetery in Middletown where full military honors will be accorded. Friends may call on Friday evening from 5-7 p.m. at the Doolittle Funeral Home, 14 Old Church Street, Middletown and in lieu of flowers, may make donations in John's memory to First United Methodist Church Organ Restoration Fund, 24 Old Church Street, Middletown, CT 06457. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.doolittlefuneralservice.com.

Published in The Hartford Courant from May 19 to May 25, 2011
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