Jean Marilyn Johnston

24-Dec-1936 - 14-Jul-2017

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Jean Marilyn Johnston
(nee Stapleton), U.E.

December 24, 1936- July 14, 2017

 Jean was born in Welland, Ontario, and raised in Hamilton.  She is survived by her beloved husband of 57 years, Murray, as well as many much-loved nieces and nephews.  Jean also leaves dear friends, Joan Martin of

Smithville, Rose and Ralph Carty of Hamilton, Anja Jokela of St. Catharines,
and Irene and Ken Kadonaga of Cambridge, Ontario, as well as many highly
regarded colleagues in the Retired Women Teachers’ Association of St.
Catharines.  Jean was predeceased by her
mother Marietta Stapleton (Clement), father Leslie Stapleton and four older Stapleton brothers, Douglas, John, Lloyd and Bruce.
  Jean attended Westdale Secondary School in Hamilton, graduating from there and then Hamilton Teachers’ College.  She taught for 35 years, finishing her career in St. Catharines and, upon retiring, was awarded Honorary Life Membership in the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario. While teaching, Jean ran for public office in St. Catharines and was elected as Alderman for Grantham ward for two terms.  She served on a number of local boards and commissions, as well as provincially.  Jean was a member of the Col. John Butler Branch of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada and was proud of her family’s military service to Canada.  Three great grandfathers, Lewis Coles Clement, Adam Crysler, and James Clement fought as Butler’s Rangers in the American War of Independence and James also served in the War of 1812.  Jean’s father served in the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in the First World War, and her brother Douglas was killed during the Second World War while training to become a fighter pilot.  Jean was appreciative of the care she received from Sandra's Home Health Care and the doctors and nurses at St. Catharines General Hospital. Thanks to all the friends and neighbours who called and visited, and who sent cards, flowers, and messages of support while Jean was in hospital.  Special thanks and love to Rebecca Thornborrow and Russell Johnston for their thoughtfulness and caring love. Visitation will be held at Pleasantview Funeral Home, 2000 Merrittville Hwy, Thorold, (905)892-1699 on Thursday, July 20th from 6:00-9:00 pm, and Friday July 21st from 10:00-11:00 am. A Celebration of Jean’s life will be held in the Pleasantview Chapel on Friday July 21st, 11:00 am, to be followed by interment at Pleasantview Memorial Gardens. In accordance with Jean’s wishes cremation has already taken place.  In lieu of flowers, please honour Jean’s memory with donations to the Cystic Fibrosis Society of Canada, the CNIB, or The Salvation Army. 

Funeral Details

  • Visitation

    Pleasantview Funeral Home

    Event Times:

    20-Jul-2017 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

  • Celebration of Life

    Pleasantview Funeral Home

    Event Times:

    21-Jul-2017 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

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Posted by Sandra Philbrick | 18-Jul-2017

Sending my deepest sympathy to Murray, Jean's family and friends. I feel very fortunate to have spent time teaching with Jean at E. I. McCulley School. She was a warm, loving teacher who cared greatly for all of her students. I am sure they will remember her fondly. I will treasure the many good memories of our time together. We were able to visit recently and shared some fun memories and a good laugh or two. I was happy to see her beautiful smile and the twinkle in her eyes.

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