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In Memory of Vivian Johnston


Sunday January 17th from 3pm to 5:30pm at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson, as well as one hour prior to the service at church Monday morning

Funeral Services

11AM Monday January 18th at United Methodist Church in Hudson

Vivian Lucille Egbert Johnston, age 90 of Hudson, passed away on December 12, 2015 at her winter residence in Anna Maria Island Florida.  Vivian was born April 28, 1925 in Hudson, WI, the daughter of Miner and Dena Egbert.  She graduated Valedictorian from Hudson High School in 1942. After school she worked as an assistant to a dermatologist in St. Paul. Vivian was married to James (Tom) Johnston and had three children.   

Vivian and Tom moved to Rapid City SD to be co-owners in an electrical supply business and raise their family. Vivian and Tom returned to Hudson to be closer to family and to found their business Marine Associates. Vivian worked in the office while raising her children and being a church organist for over 53 years. After retiring she and Tom enjoyed traveling the world over.

Vivian enjoyed her gardens, birds, music, knitting or needle pointing Christmas socks. She was an active volunteer at the Hudson hospital, multiple church activities, PEO member in both Hudson and Florida and singing in both her Hudson and Florida choirs. Tom and Vivian were hosts to two exchange students that became lifelong parts of the family; Michael Wiesner and Bronwyn (Eddie) Jackson.

Vivian will always be remembered for her impact on all her family and friends lives. She will be remembered for her unconditional love, kindness, strength and generosity. When you met Vivian you knew she was special. She always had a smile and hug for all.

Vivian will remain in the hearts of her daughter Dena Johnston (Bob Bailes), sister Barb Laatsch, daughter in law Ruthie Johnston , Grandsons Matthew Johnston ( Jen), Andrew Johnston, Jacob Talmage, Granddaughter Joanna Johnston  and Great Grandchildren Myles Johnston and Aubrey Johnston.  Nephews Tom Johnston (Joan), Janet Johnston, Dodie Denham (Duane), Deb Mincke (Kevin), John Laatsch (Mary) and Kathy Humpal (Paul)

She was preceded in death by her Mother and father; husband Tom, Daughter Margaret (Peg) Talmage and son Mark Johnston.

Memorial service for Vivian will be 11AM Monday January 18th at United Methodist Church in Hudson. Burial will be in the Willow River Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday January 17th from 3pm to 5:30pm at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson, as well as one hour prior to the service at church Monday morning. In lieu of flowers, the family respects Vivian’s request for support to the Hudson United Methodist Church, Hudson Hospital, Social Circle United Methodist Church, and or Bridge of Hudson WI. Funeral services entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Homes.

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    • May God comfort you at this time of sorrow. Vivian was a mother to all, vibrant and radiant love for everyone. I will miss her bear hugs!!

    • Dena I’m sorry to hear of your moms passing. I have such fond memories of her from so many years ago. Viv was always kind and loving with a smile that could light up a room. She will be in my prayers.
      Jeff McGaver

    • Dena and Bob,
      Dee and I want to offer our sincere and deepest sympathies for your loss. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers at this time of sorrow.


      Glenn & Dee

    • Dear Dena and Bob
      Remembering Viv and all the wonderful times we have had thru the years So many incredibull memories spent with you and Tom forever in our hearts.
      Love Dorothy and Llew.

    • Vivian was one of my classmates and attended most of the class reunions held each year.

      I sat with her at the employee/volunteer luncheon at the Hudson Hospital this fall and we had a very nice conversation. I will miss seeing her at her volunteer job at the hospital on Wednesdays and at our annual 1943 class reunions.

      Bev (Rulien) Benedict

    • Dear Vivian’s Family,
      You have our deepest sympathy in the loss of your Vivian. A true lady indeed. I remember our last visit just this past October @ Bethel’s Food Fest with her sweet smile and so interested in how I was doing. I recall her taking time to mail newspaper clippings out of the Hudson Star Observer with a lil personal note back when our 3 children were involved in their school activities. She will be so lovingly remembered …

      Ginger & Merle Spinks

    • Vivian was a volunteer at the front desk with Hudson Hospital & Clinic since 2003 and was a wonderful, caring, loving individual who gave of herself every day. She was a delight who greeted all of our community and we are grateful to have known her. Vivian left an impression of happiness on everyone who knew her from a kind smile and words through her actions and friendly words of welcome.

      Vivian will be missed by many but we offer our love to her family as we honor a life that was well lived.

    • From Winnie the Pooh, the great philosopher, to Viv the kindest person I knew,
      “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together,
      keep me in your heart,
      I’ll stay there forever.”

      All our love
      Bronwyn, Eddie, Grace and Dylan

    • Dena and Bob,
      Vivian grew to mean a lot to me over the years. She aged in a way we wish for all of us, with dignity and enjoying life to the fullest. I will never forget the last conversation I had with her. She dealt with life by finding the light and the joy even when times were darkest. That positive attitude was a key to who she was. She will always be in my heart. Your sorrow is my sorrow, I loved her too.I promised her I would always be here for you and I will.
      I love you,
      Chi Chi

    • Dena and Bob,
      We are sorry to hear of your loss. We are praying for you to have comfort and peace during this time. Your Mom finished her race well and is with the Lord now. We are happy to have known such a special lady. We love you.

      Glyniss and Aubrey Miller