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Mildred J. Johnston (April 9, 1921 - July 9, 2010)
By: Published in Globe Gazette on July 10, 2010
July 10, 2010

WATERLOO - Mildred J. Johnston, 89, of Waterloo died Friday (July 9, 2010) at Lakeview Landing.

Mildred Jeanette Johnston was born April 9, 1921, in Forest City, the daughter of John F. ''Jack'' and Alice Severson Johnston.

Mildred graduated from Forest City High School and attended Waldorf College in Forest City, the University of Colorado, and University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, where she received a BA degree in elementary education in 1954, plus extensive graduate work.

She was a teacher of elementary education for 42 years in Havelock, Thompson, Clarion, and for 36 years in Waterloo at Whittier School and later in West Intermediate School, retiring in 1983.

Mildred was a life member of the Iowa Congress of P.T.A. a life member of I.S.E.A. past president of Waterloo Business and Professional Woman's Club secretary and memorial chairman of the Waterloo Woman's Club Foundation Chair, Publicity and Historian Co-Chairs of Sons of Norway Secretary of Friendship Village Auxiliary Secretary, Chapter FE, P.E.O. and Pi Lambda Theta.

She was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church where she served as secretary and Mission Coordinator of Social Action of UMW. She was also a member of Church Women United.

Mildred enjoyed being with her family and planning events, traveling, sporting events, gardening, fishing and keeping active.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. ''Jack'' Johnston, of Forest City brothers, Robert of Forest City, Maynard ''Chip'' of Belmond, and Virgil of Osage and longtime friend, Donna Shreve.

She is survived by two sisters: Mrs. Alpha Sandage and husband Duane, of Ames Mrs. Sylvia Kleen and husband James, of North Mankato, Minn. three sisters-in-law: Florence Johnston, of Forest City, Shirley Johnston, of Belmond, Antoinette Johnston, of Osage 10 nieces and nephews: Joanne (Mark) Holst, Janet (Greg) Hall, John (Judy) Johnston Nancy (Ron) Ginapp Scott Sandage, Suanne Sandage, Steve (Danielle) Sandage Robert Kleen, Tom Kleen, and Kathy Kleen as well as many great-nieces and nephews.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday, July 12, at the Locke Funeral Home, 1519 W. Fourth St., Waterloo burial at 2:30 p.m. in Oakland Cemetery, Forest City.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home (319-233-6138). Memorials to Waterloo First United Methodist Church or Friendship Village Auxiliary.

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Published in Globe Gazette on July 10, 2010