Jane finally joined her true love on November 6, 2014. Beloved wife of Richard (Dick) Johnson, who predeceased her (2009). Mother of Mark (J.J.) and Caroline Johnson and Amy and Doug Thistle. Lovingly known as “The Nana” by Arly and Greg Vandekerckhove, Rebecca Johnson, Liam Johnson-Baldock (Dana) and Joshua Johnson. Cherished sister to John and Dolores Carruthers and William Carruthers. Predeceased by parents Douglas and Ellenor (Millson) Carruthers, brother-in-law Benjamin Johnson, Aunt Margaret (Millson) Glassford and Uncle John Millson. Sadly missed by longtime best friend and Bridge partner Ruth Schulthies. “Cool” Aunt Jane will be missed by many nieces and nephews as well as by her Oshawa cousins. Jane lived her life on her terms and in doing so led a life with little regret. Jane was born in Galt, Ontario on December 16, 1938. She moved to Stratford to teach Phys-Ed at Stratford Collegiate (Central) in 1960 where she was given the affectionate nickname of “Boots” by her students for her love of unique footwear. She joined the Stratford Badminton Club (Water Street) where she met the love of her life, Richard. They became known as “Dick and Jane” and married on October 19, 1962 after Dick proposed to her in a canoe on the Avon River under the Tom Patterson Island Bridge. After having her two children, she taught as a supply teacher at Juliet, Romeo and Central schools then worked as a ward clerk for the Stratford General Hospital for many years. Jane then became a Medical Records Secretary and retired after 26 years from Sunbeam Residential Development Center (Kitchener) where she enjoyed many deep and lasting friendships. Jane will be missed by her many friends at the Stratford Duplicate Bridge Club where she was an excellent bridge player with Ruth as well as president for many years. Jane was a lover of animals, an admirer of her gardens but loved her cottage the most. She was known for her dry sense of humour, her ability to befriend almost anyone through conversation and her love of Rod Stewart and his music. She was always thankful for great neighbours which she seemed to have wherever she lived. Although the Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease socially altered her, she never lost the ability to laugh and make friends, even helping staff and fellow residents at Hillside Manor where she has resided for the past 3 years. Cremation has taken place and a private funeral will be held at Avondale Cemetery. All who knew her are invited to a celebration of Jane’s life at the Festival Inn, Stratford on November 16, 2014, 2-5 p.m. Because Mom adored the colour green feel free to remember her by wearing something green to the celebration as well as bring a story about Jane to put in her book. Donations can be made through W.G. Young Funeral Home to the Stratford Perth Humane Society, Alzheimer’s Society or a charity of your choice.
Celebration of Jane’s Life
Sunday, November 16th
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Festival Inn, Stratford

Memorial Donations
Stratford/Perth Humane Society
Alzheimer’s Society


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