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Mary Louise (Buckley) Johnson

Mary Louise (Buckley) Johnson
  • September 20, 1940 - February 3, 2020
  • Melrose, Massachusetts
  • In lieu of flowers, the Johnson family suggests memorial contributions be made to:)
  • St. Mary's School
    4 Myrtle St.
    Melrose, MA 02176

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“Maureen so sorry to see this notice, please know my heart goes out toYou and your family ”
1 of 20 | Posted by: Pauline Perno - Revere, MA

“Sending all of my love to the Johnson family. Mrs. Johnson will forever be remembered as an outstanding teacher and inspiration to me and my...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Sarah Peterson - Washington, DC

“My sincerest condolences to Mary Lous family and all who knew her! She will be dearly missed! ”
3 of 20 | Posted by: Joe Mobilia - Sagamore Beach

“Mrs. Johnson was one of the kindest souls one could ever wish to meet. She was thoughtful and compassionate in everything she did. I had the...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Sara D'Antona - Wakefield, MA

“To Maureen and your family-Mrs. Johnson was a pivotal part of my children's early lives. She was an amazingly great educator who led by kindness. ...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Kathleen McNamara Liakos - MA

“Dear Carl, Paul, and Maureen,For the past 46 years, my life has been blessed by God with Mary Lou's friendship. She was my colleague, my mentor, and...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Mark Flint - Melrose, MA - Friend

“Dear Johnson family,I was sad to hear of Mary Lou's passing. We attended St. Mary's school together.She was a wonderful, gentle lady adn she will be...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Francis McNamara - Rockport, MA

“I'm so sorry to hear of Mrs. Johnson's passing. She was such a kind and caring woman. She will be missed. ”
8 of 20 | Posted by: Elizabeth Mcnamara Liwo - Melrose, MA

“Dear Johnson Family,It is with sadness that I learned Mary Lou's passing, I have known her for many years with my association with St. Mary's School....Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Frank Garvey - Melrosee, MA

“Dear Johnson Family,It is with sadness that I learned Mary Lou's passing, I have known her for many years with my association with St. Mary's School....Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Frank Garvey - Melrosee, MA

“Caleigh Murphy (current St Mary's student) and I offer our prayers and support to Mary Lou's family. We shall never forget her kindness and her...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Patricia Devine - Melrose, MA

“My sincere condolences. Mrs. Johnson made such a positive impact on our children during their St. Mary years and our family. Her kindness,...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: John Paladino - Melrose, MA

“Dear Carl, Maureen and Paul,We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Mary Lou.I had a wonderful conversation with her just after Christmas.Fred and I...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Nancy Pittenger - Jackson, NH

“So very sorry foe your loss. We have lived across the street for 8 years and every Easter we wouls see her looking out the window and then on to the...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Kim Lyall - Melrose - Neighbor

“Rest In Peace Mrs. Johnson ”
15 of 20 | Posted by: Kenny Lynch - Tampa, FL

“mrs johnson helped out and filled various jobs for nine years with me while attending saint mary's school. she taught my dad, matthew, and my whole...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Jude Lowery - Melrose, AR

“Mary Lou May you Rest In Peace . If anyone deserves a place in Heaven it is you . You lived a life of totally unselfish devotion to your family and...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Margaret O'Brien - West Dennis, MA

“It is with great sadness that I learn of Mrs. Johnson's passing. As a student (4th grade SMS) I will always remember her kindness and her great love...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Michael Greski - Melrose, MA

“Thank you for being such a graceful and dedicated educator. You will be missed but your legacy of kindness and spirituality lives on in all the...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: Patricia Corrigan - Melrose, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA

Mary Louise (Buckley) Johnson died at the Kaplan Family Hospice House on February 3, 2020. She was 79 years of age. Mary Louise was born in Peabody on September 20, 1940 to the late Cornelius & Marguerite (McDermott) Buckley. She was raised in Melrose, graduated from St. Mary's Grammar School, and St. Mary's High School. She was a 1962 graduate of Salem State University and was extremely proud of following her mother into a teaching degree as well as being her daughter. Mary Louise was a respected teacher and vice principal for over 48 years at St. Mary's School in Melrose. A seventy year resident of Melrose she also enjoyed spending summers on Half Moon Lake in Alton, NH for over 50 years. Mrs. Johnson received several awards thru her career but two stood out the most for her; Melrose Teacher of Excellence Award and the Christa McAuliffe Award "I Reach the Stars". She will be missed by a host of friends, colleagues and students that she taught and worked with throughout her 48 years career as a teacher and vice principal at St. Mary's in Melrose. Mary Louise loved her frequent trips to Bermuda and Europe and she visited over 25 countries with her husband Carl right by her side. She was the beloved wife of 54 years to Carl Johnson. Wonderful mother of Paul Johnson & his wife Jane of Melrose & North Conway and Maureen Johnson of Saugus. Cherished grandmother of Olivia, Sydney, Sophia & Ava. Also survived by many close co-workers & friends. Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose on Friday, February 7, 2020 from 4:00-8:00PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary Church, 9 Herbert St. Melrose on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 10:00AM. Interment at St. Mary's Cemetery in Salem. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. Memorial contributions may be made in Mary Louise's name to St. Mary's School, 4 Myrtle St. Melrose, MA 02176.