James J. Johnston
Monday, April 18, 1938
Date of Death:
Tuesday, December 24, 2019
81 years old
James J. Johnston
James J. Johnston, age 81, of Pine Island, MN, died on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at his residence.
He was born on April 18, 1938 at Saint Mary’s Hospital. He attended Rochester High School and then served in the United States Navy from 1955-1959. After he served, he worked at Gopher Aviation at the Rochester Airport for 12 years. He then worked for Mayo Clinic at the Rochester Methodist Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital as a department head for thirty years.
James married Marlene Gilbertson and was later divorced. In 1989, he married Janet Bayerl Schroeder and moved to Pine Island, MN. Jim enjoyed his time with family and always said, “family first”. He liked a good challenge and tried many things in life including buying, selling, and repairing antique farm tractors, fly fishing, archery, taxidermy, and flying remote control airplanes. After retiring, Jim and Janet spent their winters in Florida where they had many friends.
James is survived by his wife, Janet of 30 years; sons, Steven of Oronoco, MN and Kevin of Rochester, MN; daughter, Leanne (Kevin) Bartlett of Bridgeport WV; step-daughters, Stacy (Rob) Warneke of Pine Island, MN and Kristen (Tom) Mueller of Utica, MN; step-son, Chad (Malea) Schroeder of Oronoco, MN; grandchildren, Joe, Samantha, Dustin, Keith, Andrew, Kailee, Colton, Austin, Ben, Eliza, Will, Sam, Seth, Caleb; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Marlene Brand and Carol Pederson, and brothers, Ronald and Edward (Jerry).
He was preceded in death by his mother, Adele Johnston.
The Funeral Mass for James Johnston will be at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, December 30, 2019 at Pax Christi Catholic Church in Rochester, MN with Father Will Thompson officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will take place after the service at St. Margaret’s Catholic Cemetery in Mantorville, MN.
Memorials are preferred to cancer research.
The family of James J. Johnston has received the following condolences.
Thinking of you and family at this very sad time. Keeping you all in our prayers as we remember the wonderful journey Jim traveled! Hugs Gary and Karel Titus
Leanne, Kevin and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God grant you peace in your time of loss. Love, the McDonald family
I didn't have the pleasure of knowing Mr. Johnson but I've worked with his daughter, Miss Leanne for several years. She spoke often and lovingly of her father and as we say here, "he was good people". My thoughts and prayers are with his family and the many folks whose lives he touched. God bless.
So very Sorry. We'll keep you both in our prayers and thoughts. I know it's always said but, He is at peace and no more pain. God Bless you
Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Remember the happy times and know he’s still with you today and always.
so very sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Our hearts and prayers go out to you all.. keep the memories close. Jim was always a joy to be around.