Kathy Johnston

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Kathy Marie Johnston, 70, passed away on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, after a short illness. She was surrounded by her loving family.

She had resided in Prairie du Chien until a month ago. She loved her independence in her own apartment and appropriately had it decorated with all her favorite family mementos, and of course, Badgers, Brewers, Packers, and Bucks memorabilia! Kathy graduated from UW-LaCrosse, with a degree in English. She used her exceptional skills to express herself in her beautiful writings and poems. Two weeks before Kathy passed, she was transferred to the Milwaukee area for medical attention and to be close to her family. Kathy will be remembered for her happy, positive attitude, her strong faith and her love of Jesus. She accepted her illness with courage and grace—telling her sister, Jarilyn, “not to cry or to be upset, I am not afraid to die.” Before Kathy’s retirement, she worked as the non-food manager for Skogens, which is now Festival Foods, and was a member of the management team. She left there to purchase her parents’ grocery store in Ferryville.

Kathy is survived by her sisters, Jarilyn Allen and Susan Smith; brother-in-law, Jon Allen; and nieces and nephew, Robin, Jessi, Jodi and Cody. 

She was preceeded in death by her parents, Robert and Norma Johnston.

A private funeral/memorial service was held at St. Bartholomew Church in Pewaukee on March 9. A memorial will be held in the spring at the Little Brown Church in Prairie du Chien with burial to follow at Freeman Cemetery. 

Kathy was a beautiful soul inside and out and will be missed more than words can express.

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