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Jane Weston Johnson

Published On: Oct 23 2013 04:58:53 PM CDT

Madison - Jane Weston Johnson, age 89, died peacefully on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Jane was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 19, 1924, and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, the oldest child of the late Dr. and Mrs. F. L Weston. Jane attended Lakewood School in Maple Bluff; Baldwin School in Bryn Mar, Pennsylvania; Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Jane married William E. Johnson (also Smiley, or Bill) of Monroe, Wisconsin in June of 1946. They met at the University of Wisconsin. Smiley's basketball career led them to Midland, Michigan for a few years followed by a move back to Madison. In 1953, Jane and Bill moved to Rocky River, Ohio near Cleveland and lived there for 45 years, raising their five children. Jane’s early leadership as high school class president and Delta Gamma sorority president continued in her community through PTA, Lakewood Hospital Board, the United Methodist church, PEO and athletic booster clubs. Through her warm hospitality, Jane invited numerous family and friends into the Johnson’s family circle of love. Her family also enjoyed many summers in the North Woods of Wisconsin with the extended Weston family. Watching high school and college sports, singing around the piano, playing bridge, or gathering to enjoy lively conversation with family and friends have always been a source of joy for Jane. It is in the abundance of a life well lived that Jane drew upon the strength of her faith, her family, and her friends in grieving the premature deaths of her beloved children Peter and Nancy. Jane and Bill moved back to Madison in 1998 and enjoyed their retirement at Cherokee Condominiums and recently moved to Capital Lakes in Madison.

Jane is survived by her husband of 67 years, Bill Johnson and their sons David (Katie) Johnson, and Bill (Cindy) Johnson and their daughter, Laura (Rick) Carlson, their ten grandchildren, Kaia Kemper (Jake), Sara Tiede (Jeremiah) Dana Connelly-Nelson (Dane), Peter, Alec and Jenner Johnson, Kenzie, Jack, Brady, and Christy Carlson, and great grand-daughter Elizabeth Tiede. She is further survived by her siblings Mrs. Nan Thompson, Mrs. Sue VanSteenderen, and Dr. Carl Weston and by brothers in law John Frautschi and Peter Johnson (Ellen), sisters-in-law Joyce Weston, Jean Trumbo, Jayne Johnson and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jane was preceded in death by her son Dr. Peter Johnson and daughter Nancy Johnson and by her siblings John Weston and Mary Frautschi and in laws Bob Thompson, Sue Weston, Urban Johnson, Jim Trumbo and nephews Carl Weston, Lance Johnson and grandniece, Emma Orr.

A memorial service will be held at FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF MADISON, 203 Wisconsin Ave, Madison at 11:00 am on Friday, October 25, 2013.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First United Methodist Church of Madison, Wisconsin, Rocky River United Methodist Church, or the UW Carbone Cancer Center.

The Johnsons wish to thank family and friends for their immense love and support through this time.

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