Constance “Connie” Johnson
Constance Marie “Connie” Johnson, 69, died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, at Brookdale care facility in Stevens Point.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Stevens Point. Burial will be at the St. Stephen Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the Boston Funeral Home in Stevens Point from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, with rosary at 5:45 p.m., and at the church from 10 a.m. Wednesday until the Mass.
Condolences may be offered online at
Mrs. Johnson was born Nov. 23, 1946, in Antigonish, Nova
Scotia, Canada, a daughter of the late William “Joseph” and Agnes Ryan. She grew
up on a dairy farm in South Side Harbour and spent a lot of time helping out
with the farm chores along with her nine siblings. She attended school in Lower
South River and St. Andrew’s High School.
She belonged to the 4-H Club and competed with calves in exhibition.
After high school, she moved to Boston, Mass., to work as a nanny.
She was married to Jesse Gene Johnson Dec. 26, 1964.
During a three-year period, they moved to Milwaukee and to
Niagara where they raised their seven children until 1997.
The couple moved to Stevens Point for his job with the
Throughout the years, she was a drafter, waitress, tax
preparer, religious education coordinator aide, caretaker, cleaning person,
school cafeteria aide and, for many years, a school bus driver.
She was also involved in a women’s bowling league, prayer
groups, church choirs, catechist, communion distributor and became a
member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites of the Holy Cross in 2002
in Iron Mountain, Mich.
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Jesse; five sons,
Gregory Johnson, Suffolk, Va., Kevin Johnson, Plover, Michael Johnson and Neil
(Dawn) Johnson, both of Niagara, and David (Abigail) Johnson, Stevens Point; two
daughters, Maria (Kevin) Bacon, Stevens Point, and Patricia (Ryan) Squires,
Madison; six sisters and three brothers; 18 grandchildren; two
stepgrandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.