Marilyn Louise Johnston

Born: 02/25/1932 Passed:

Marilyn Louise Johnston age 90,  quietly left this world on August 4th, 2022, to join her husband of 70 years – Frank who has been waiting for her for since June 4th.   She was born in Pittsburgh, PA on February 25th, 1932, the daughter of Louis and Flora (Cleaver) Wenk .  Marilyn attended Langley High School in Pittsburgh and married Frank in 1951. The Johnstons moved to Ohio where they spent the rest of their lives.  Marilyn was a homemaker, Girl Scout Leader and retired as a location manager for Dalton Factory Outlet in Canton, Ohio. She was also active in supporting East Canton High School sports programs by volunteering her time for decades.

The Johnston’s were lifetime members of the Methodist Church.   Marilyn was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.  She was centered around her family and her holiday get-togethers were what she cherished most.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Frank; brother in-law and sister in-law, Bill and Amy Johnston; and an infant daughter.

Marilyn is survived by daughters, Sharon (Bob) Kraus, Laurie (Joe) Popio, and Allison (Greg) McKiban; brothers, Louis (Joanne) Wenk, Ray Wenk, Larry (Kathy) Wenk; sister, Linda (Warren) Fischer; nine grandchildren,  Katie, Andy, Adam, Gail, Rachel, Phillip, Nick, Vanessa, and Laura; and six great-grandchildren.

Marilyn was the anchor for the entire family and always the person who everyone counted on for anything they needed.  She was loved and will be missed by everyone. She is after all, “Mom”.

Calling hours will be Friday, August 12th, 5-7 pm and Saturday, August 13th at 11 am with services following at noon at Paquelet-Falk Funeral Home, 300 S Chapel St., Louisville, Ohio.  Interment to follow at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Louisville, Ohio.  The family would like to thank the staff at Bethany for their kind and loving support.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the East Canton Athletic Fund.


5 Tributes to Marilyn Louise Johnston

  1. Christine Robenstine says:

    Marilyn and Frank did so much for the East Canton Schools and community. From filming basketball games to selling tournament tickets, I always looked forward to seeing them in the school gym and front hall. They both are sincerely missed. I’m glad they are together again.
    My sympathy to their family.

  2. Roseann Widder says:

    To the Johnston Family,
    My sincere sympathy. Marilyn will be missed. She was always to kind and friendly to everyone.

    • Amy Swope says:

      I am so sorry to hear this. I loved your mom from the 1st time I met her, as my girl scout leader. She was always so kind. Always remembered me and always had a smile. She will be sorely missed.

    • sharon kraus says:

      Thank you, Dad and Mom loved doing all of those things.

      Sharon Kraus, daughter

  3. Jolene Moody says:

    My sincere sympathy to the family. Frank and Marilyn were such lovely people. If you look up “good hearted” in the dictionary, you’d find their picture there. How sad for you to lose them both in such a short time.

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