Eleanor G. Johnson, 93, of 51 Frew Run St., Frewsburg, NY, passed away in her home on Thursday (Sept. 13, 2018) of cancer. Eleanor was born on August 7, 1925 in Jamestown, NY, to Alice G. and Ernest G. Gustafson, the first of 5 children. She was preceded in death by her brother, Don Gustafson, and sister, Ruth Henshaw. She is also now reunited with her husband of over 50 years, Wallace E. Johnson, whom she married in 1946. They were blessed with a son and a daughter.
Eleanor was a gifted musician and was very involved with the choral and band music programs at Frewsburg Central School, where she graduated in 1943. She later went on to study music at Houghton College for a year. Eleanor also enjoyed playing the piano and was involved with the Mozart Club, singing in the chorus. Throughout her life, Eleanor sang with a number of groups and also did solo work at churches, weddings, and funerals in the area. She helped form the trio “AARP Angels,” who were very often found singing at functions around the Jamestown area.
During World War II, she worked at Art Metal, doing a job similar to “Rosie the Riveter”. She worked for the Election Board in Frewsburg and for The Community Foundation. She worked in the cafeteria at Frewsburg High and substituted for the music department there. She was also librarian at Myers Memorial Library in Frewsburg for 20 years.
Eleanor had a strong relationship with God and shared that love in many ways. She taught Sunday School and was the Choir Director at the Frewsburg United Methodist Church while her children were young. After her children were grown, she became a member at Kidder Memorial United Methodist Church, where she remained a member. She was active in the choir, as a member of the Staff Parish Relations Committee, and most recently as a member of the Archives/Membership Team. Eleanor also shared Jesus’ love in personal ways with those she met and was always willing to lend a helping hand in the name of Christ.
When she was 64, Eleanor and her husband took on the daunting task of raising a second family. Their son and his three young daughters came to live with them and Eleanor took an active role in raising her grand-daughters. They are now grown with children of their own and Eleanor enjoyed their visits to the day she passed.
Eleanor is survived by her sisters, Florence (Willard) Cass from Frewsburg and Jean Emond from Hampton, VA; her daughter, Ruth (Fred) Clark from Mobile, Alabama; her son, David Johnson from Frewsburg; five grandchildren – Anne Fulling, John Underwood, Jennifer Johnson, Kristy Finch, & Deena Johnson; and eighteen great grandchildren.
Friends will be received at the Peterson Funeral Home in Frewsburg on Friday, October 12th, from 5 to 7 p.m. A celebration of her Life will be held at Kidder Memorial United Methodist Church, Saturday, October 13th at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Chautauqua County Hospice and Palliative Care, 20 W. Fairmont Avenue, Lakewood, NY 14750 or to Kidder Memorial United Methodist Church, 385 S. Main St., Jamestown, NY 14701, or to your favorite charity.
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