Mary T. Johnston, age 76, a resident of St. Germain, Wis., for over 40 years, was called home to the arms of our Lord, unexpectedly on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, at St. Clare’s Hospital, completely surrounded by her beloved husband, Ed, her children, grandchildren, great- grandchildren, and brothers and sister.

She was born April 10, 1943, in Chicago, Ill., to the late Anton and Mary Hain. She was the oldest of seven children and attended St. Ita’s Catholic School until graduating in high school in 1961.

She married the love of her life, Edward J. Johnston, on June 17, 1961. They lived and raised their four children in Glenview, Ill., until 1977, when they fulfilled their life-long dream of owning a resort and living in St. Germain since June 19, 1977, and bought Pinehurst Resort.

Mary was a very active member, serving the town of St. Germain from the moment her and her family moved there. She served many terms as president of the chamber of commerce as well as secretary, vice president, committee Chair for Monday Night Bingo, and chairman of Colorama.

During her lifetime in St. Germain, if there was a position or chairman of the chamber of commerce, she held each of those position and many for two to four terms.

She also was an extremely proud and passionate member of the St. Germain Lioness Club since 2003, holding the office of president for many terms and secretary.

She was a leader of recruiting new members, a weekly server and baker of food served every Monday at the St. Germain Flee Market, all monies of which was raised went to help the main focus of the Lioness Club, of helping children who have lost their sight, donating funds right back into the St. Germain community for anything from new soccer nets at the field to numerous educational scholarships to the youths in our entire Northwoods area.

Mary was so passionate about the main purpose of the entire Lioness Club’s mission, which was helping blind children, that she founded and started the vision testing programs with all local schools to offer members coming into each school and conducting preliminary vision screenings to help catch any early signs of any weakness to a child’s eyes from one year to the next so the families could be notified prior to any more vision loss occurring and treatment started soon.  She was recognized and received an award for founding, starting, organizing with all schools’ staff and fellow members to conduct these screens, by the Head Department of the State of Wisconsin Lioness.

She was also an active member of her church, St. Mary’s in Sayner, Wis., and had served for many years on the altar society and became a Eucharistic Minister, as well as many years as a children’s C.C.D. teacher.

Her loving and compassionate nature made her a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to so many.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Anton and Mary Hain (Hufnagel), and their unborn son, Steven, all of Chicago, Ill.

Mary is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Edward J. Johnston; her children, Marie Johnston of Richland, Wash., Cory Johnston- Newton (Kelly) of St. Germain, son, Edward J. Johnston (Sheila) of Sayner, Wis., and Beth Tienhaara (Wade) of Eagle River, Wis.; her nine grandchildren, Eric, Jasmine, Brittany, Laura, Lucas, Samantha, Celest, MaryBeth and Grace; along with five great-grandchildren.

She also is survived by brothers, Tony Hain of Florida, George Hain (Debra) of Chicago, Robert Hain (Elaina) of Hanover Park, Ill., Michael Hain of Eagle River, sister, Ann Fadjeweski (Ken) of Chicago, and brother, John Hain (Joan) of Chicago; plus many cherished cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sayner.  Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, at Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River, and from 2 to 3 p.m. at the church on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked if you would like to give a gift of some kind, please make your donation to the St. Germain Lioness Club or a tree that can be planted for the family as a memorial.

Arrangements by Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home, Eagle River. Online condolences may be expressed at gaffney-busha.com.

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