Eileen Mary Johnson

Madison Eileen Mary Johnson of Madison, beloved wife of Gunnar, passed away January 23, 2013 at Middlesex Hospital surrounded by her family. Eileen was born in New Jersey, the daughter of the late Joseph and Kathleen Balmer. She is predeceased by her two brothers John and Arthur Balmer. Together Eileen and Gunnar owned and operated the Gunnar Johnson Select School of Dancing in Madison for over 40 years. Eileen and Gunnar were Directors of the Dance Educators of America and earned the title of Harvest Moon Ball Champions. Eileen has served on the Madison Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for over 12 years. It is largely because of their guidance and tenaciousness that Madison is such a beautiful town. She was a tireless volunteer for the Chamber and the town that she loved so much. Eileen and Gunnar, as a duo, received both Citizen of the Year and Member of the Year from the Madison Chamber of Commerce. She was a volunteer reader for the Chamber's Read Aloud program for TWO classrooms every year for 15 years, and in 2012, Eileen received the Madison Jaycees Distinguished Service Lifetime Achievement Award.

Family and friends may visit the Swan Funeral Home 825 Boston Post Rd., Madison, on Sunday January 27, 2013 from 3-6pm. Memorial services will be held on Monday at the North Madison Congregational Church at 10am. Graveside services will be private. For online tributes and condolences please visit

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Middlesex Hospital Hospice 27 Crescent St., Middletown, CT Donations to Middlesex Hospital Hospice and Palliative Care may be made in one of three ways. To make a gift by mail, make checks payable to Middlesex Hospice and Palliative Care. Mail to Middlesex Hospital, Office of Philanthropy, 28 Crescent Street, Middletown, CT 06457. To make a gift online, go to Click on "Donate to Middlesex Hospital" at the top and then "Donate Now" on the left side. To make a gift by phone, call the Office of Philanthropy at 860/358-6200 with credit card information. 06475. For online tributes and condolences please visit


  • Visitation Sunday, January 27, 2013
  • Memorial Service Monday, January 28, 2013

Eileen Mary Johnson

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April 15, 2013

Gunnar, Our deepest and sincerest sympathies for the passing of your lovely lady. May you be comforted knowing she is with our Lord.
Bob & Lee Tobin, Madison

April 4, 2013

Gunnar - Caring thoughts and heartfelt sympathy are with you.
The ones we love are never gone. They live within our hearts.
Jane and Jack Burns

January 30, 2013

Dear Gunnar, our deepest sympathies to you on the loss of your beloved Eileen. We thank you both for starting us on our dance path which has been one of our life's greatest joys. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Sincerely, Barbara and Dick Malinsky

Bradford and Christina Sayles

January 29, 2013

So sweet, so elegant and so genuine. It was our honor to have gotten to know Eileen, and our first dance at our wedding, which she coreographed beautifully, will always serve as a welcome reminder of our time together. Our most heartfelt and deepest condolences on Eileen's passing. We have no doubt that she is dancing in heaven and that heaven is that much better for it.

Tom Burland

January 28, 2013

Gunnar, Helen and I were deeply saddened by the news of Eileen's passing. She was a true gift to the town of madison and all she encountered. She will be deeply missed and if we can do anything to help you please let us know. Tom and Helen Burland

January 28, 2013

Dear Gunnar,
Sadly, Madison has lost a bit of elegance and grace with the passing of Eileen who epitomized both so beautifully.How grateful we are to have had her as our dance instructor. Her cheerful demeanor and welcoming smile made our dance class truly something to look forward to.

Eileen gave us the joyful gift of ballroom dancing, as well as a delightful friendship.and we are very thankful for both.
We pray that God will give you comfort and peace at this difficult time.
Chuck & Marlene Beckman

Elizabeth & Dick Santoro

January 27, 2013

Gunnar ~ We will always remember how you and Eileen got everyone up and dancing at our snowy wedding reception almost 30 years ago!!! (Feb '83)

Jennifer Daricek

January 27, 2013

Eileen was an amazing inspiration. Her dedication to the community was unparalleled. I am honored to have gotten to know her. Prayers of peace and comfort to you Gunnar.

Charlotte Kundrath

January 27, 2013

Dear Gunner,
I am sad for your loss of Eileen, your lovely, elegant wife, your beloved dance partner. She gave me great pleasure when I learned the steps for so many dances with her. Mostly I will remember her as a warm friendly person always caring about everyone she spoke with.

Robert Lee

January 27, 2013

Dear Gunnar, my heart goes out to you. I have very fond memories of Eileen coaching us through dance routines. I remember when I finally found the one dance, Tango, where I felt I could lead her for Pro/Am competitions. I'll go through life with shoulders back, a smile on my face and bounce in my steps because of her.
Robert Lee