Obituaries for the week of 9/26/2012

Margaret Mary Johnston, 93

  Margaret Mary Johnston passed away Aug. 9, at the age of 93, in the Long Term Care Facility at Silver Oak Manor in Livermore.

  Margaret, the youngest of nine children, was born in Superior, Wis., June 24, 1919, to John and Philomena Dupont Gotelaere.

  Margaret married Fred W. Johnston in Superior in November 1939 and, in 1941, the family moved to California and settled in San Lorenzo.

  In 1941, Fred began a 38-year career with Western Pacific Railroad; for many years he was a switchman, later he was a brakeman. They moved to Portola in 1969. Because she lived in Portola, Margaret was known as “snow grandma” to many of her grandkids.

  Margaret was a homemaker for most of her life. She was an excellent cook. She made the best bread with the smell of it baking permeating the neighborhood. She also made the best pies and fried chicken.

  She loved going to Reno to play the slot machines and liked to knit and crochet. She loved her pets, especially Socks, her black and white cat. She also enjoyed fishing and camping outings at Lake Davis or Frenchman’s with Fred. They also spent many years RVing in Arizona.

  Margaret leaves behind her sons Daniel (Nancy), of Pleasanton and Robert (Lynn), of Portola; daughters Linda Evans, of Rocklin and Karen (Mike) Salmonson, of DePoe Bay, Ore.; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

  She is preceded by her husband Fred in 2005 and son James in 1985.

  A gravesite inurnment service was held Friday, Aug. 14, at the Shady Grove Cemetery in Portola.

  Services were under the direction of Manni Funeral Home.

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