Mary P. ‘Phyllis’ Johnson

Mary P. “Phyllis” Johnson, 88, Tyrone, died Tuesday at Epworth Manor.

She was born in Johnstown, daughter of Modestus and Thelma (Bradley) Wirtner. She married Robert H. Johnson on June 10, 1947, in Phoenix City, Pa., and he died April 2, 2008.

Surviving are two sons: Steven and wife, Arden, of Atlanta, Ga., and David of Tyrone; three grandchildren: Amanda, Andrew and Michael Johnson; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Theresa; a brother, Richard; and a sister, Betty.

During WWII, Phyllis worked for the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and at John R. Wald Co. She also had been employed at the Villa Restaurant, Tyrone, and had been a reading tutor for St. Matthew School. She was a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church and the church choir, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court St. Rita, and Allegheny Chorale and was a former officer and volunteer for the Tyrone-Snyder Public Library.

Phyllis had a cheerful spirit that was a shining light to many. She faced all of life’s obstacles with strength, kindness and brave toughness. She was from the Greatest Generation, working in the defense industry during WWII and supporting her husband, Bob, and family after the war in duty stations across three continents. Every journey always led Phyllis and Bob back to Tyrone. They were connected by generations to the community that embraced Phyllis six years after Bob died. She loved her sons and her grandchildren very much. She was loved by many and will be missed by everyone who knew her.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at Feller Memorial Home, Tyrone, where recitation of the rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at St. Matthew Church, Father Jozef Kovacik as celebrant. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to the St. Matthew School, 1105 Cameron Ave., Tyrone, PA 16686.