Obituary of Charles J. Johnston
Charles J. Johnston, 87, of Dupont, passed away Thursday evening March 30th, 2023 at River Run Nursing and Rehabilitation, Kingston from complications due to Alzheimer’s disease.
Mr. Johnston was born in Sandy Ridge, Pennsylvania to the late Mr. Edward and Twila (Bigleman) Johnston. Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Charles is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former Mary Dolores Misciagna;daughters, Lisa Johnston-Lentini, of Shavertown, Pennsylvania,Jacqueline Dauplaise of Lakeworth, Florida, Mary FrancesJohnston, of Hamburg, New Jersey; grandchildren, Krystal Lentini, Stephanie Dauplaise, Nicole Mendonca (Tom); great granddaughter, Charlotte Grace and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Johnston was preceded in death by his brothers, Phillip, Francis, Terrance and sisters, Patricia Litzinger, Ruth, Coyler, and Barbara Ann (Sister M. Paulita, CSR).
Following his graduation from Gallitzen High School, Mr. Johnston enrolled in the United States Air Force to serve his Country during World War II. After his time in the military, Mr. Johnston gained employment with American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T) where over the course of 29 years he moved into management and supervised underground networks throughout New England.
A well rounded individual, Mr. Johnston was health conscious and involved in athletics from jogging to Judo. With his wife, Charles owned and operated a dojo in Killingworth, CT (Dynamic Judo) for several years. Mr. and Mrs. Johnston competed at the national level, their children also taking part in many tournaments. In addition to his involvement in athletics, Charles had a love for all animals. After discovering his first horse was a standard bred race horse, he quickly learned about and worked to become an owner/trainer/driver of these horses. Mr. Johnston’s natural affinity for animals was translated into a holistic approach to his training. His animals have been a source of joy to Mr. Johnston in his retirement and during his illness.
Mr. Johnston was raised in a very religious family and developed a profound love for God which continued throughout his life. Charles loved to share stories about his beliefs and would often be heard speaking of God or reminding those around him to “Look up and say thank you!” His love of children inspired him to become a long term benefactor to Shriners Hospital for Children. He was a member of St. Maria Goretti Church, Laflin.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a viewing for Charles on Monday April 10th, 2023 from 9am until 10:30am in St. Maria Goretti Church, 42 Redwood Drive, Laflin. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30am, with Rev. Alex Roche as the celebrant. Interment with Military Honors will then follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton section of Wyoming.
Mass will be live streamed on our funeral home Facebook page.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Charles name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital at 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tn., 38105, or the Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 N. Rocky Point Dr. Tampa, FL 33607.
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