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Toft Funeral Home and Crematory
2001 Columbus Ave
Sandusky, OH 44870
Phone: 419-625-8816

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Joan Johnson

Joan Johnson 83, a lifelong resident of Sandusky passed away Tuesday September 8, 2015.

She was born in her home on Finch Street in July of 1932.

She was a member of Sandusky High School class of 1950 and St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sandusky.

As a young woman Joan took piano lessons, sang in the A Cappella choir, bowled, and was active in sports and plays. She was a member of CCY where she met her future husband Phil Johnson and they married on November 8th, 1958. She worked at several businesses during her lifetime. As a young girl she was employed by Bertsch Jewelers, Ohio Bell, and was a bookkeeper at Western Security Bank. Later, as a mother of four, she went back to work at Sawmill Creek Lodge in Huron, and then Hills/Ames where she retired in the 90's. After retiring, Joan once again had time to spend with her friends, and by that time had grandchildren to enjoy. She was giving of her time and could make anyone feel welcome, offering coffee or cookies for your visit. Joan enjoyed watching the Cleveland sports teams, The Andy Griffith Show and loved a good movie. Her favorite was "Titanic".

Joan is survived by two daughters, Joy (Chuck) Russell of Clyde, and Sheila (Mark) Pfanner of Sandusky; grandchildren, Angela (Adam) Herrera and Sherri Russell of Clyde; Patrick Pfanner and Ryan Pfanner of Sandusky. Joan was also thrilled to be a great- grandmother to Ava and Abby Herrera; a sister-in-law, Carmella Johnson; nephew, Jeff Johnson and nieces, Jennifer Johnson and Leslie Preston; lifelong friends, Nancy Smith and Rita Astolfi and faithful nurse aide Barb Ridley.

Joan was preceded in death by her husband Philip Johnson Sr., sons Patrick and Philip Jr; her parents, Emil "Nonnie" and LaVesta "Desta" (Meunchow) Amolsch; in-laws, Victor and Ethel Johnson and Suzanne and Edward Johnson.

Friends may call on Friday, September 11, 2015, from 4-8 P.M. in Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. Prayer services will be held Saturday at 9:30 A.M. at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 A.M. in St. Mary's Catholic Church, 429 Central Ave., Sandusky. Rev. Michael P. Roemmele will officiate. Burial will take place in Oakland Cemetery.

Joan loved animals and birds and would be pleased for any donations to be made in her memory to the Humane Society of Erie County, 1911 Superior St., Sandusky, or Back to the Wild, P.O. Box 423, Castalia, OH 44824.

Joan was a loving mother and grandmother who we will miss so much every day. She had a sweet way about her, and loved to have a good time. She'll be remembered for being "the best mom" and "best friend" a daughter could have. We love you mom -"with all my heart".

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