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Margaret J. Johnson

July 29, 1943February 3, 2021

Margaret J. Johnson (Kundolf)

Margaret was born July 29th,1943 in Wallingford, Connecticut. Growing up loving the beach, and spending summers on the Connecticut Shoreline and Cape Cod, she moved to Old Saybrook in 1978. She loved the picturesque town by the seaside where she worked for Southern New England Telephone Company. This job was ideal for her as she raised her two daughters. She was there for many years and enjoyed the friends she made in her dedication to her work. Margaret’s home and decor highlighted her love for nature, history, and art. She had many fun travels to historic places and was an avid reader. She was a member of Rockport Art Association and enjoyed Art shows all over New England. She delighted in trips to New York and local theater.. Besides her love for culture, she was an enthusiastic sports fan always tuning in to UConn Huskies Women’s basketball, Red Sox games, and Hartford Whalers hockey. She loved learning and experiencing life with family and friends. Margaret was proud of her daughters and she treasured her grandchildren. Visits to Thomas the Tank Engine, the beach, and Disney were among the fondest times. Celebrating family milestones and holidays were most important to her. Many people know her wit and intellect as she spoke up with passion at issues she believed in. She participated in town meetings and on town committees. Margaret was welcoming, kind, and generous especially to those in her neighborhood. She was loved by the daughters and grandchildren she leaves behind. Sara Gilman DeMatteo, and sons Stephen and Patrick of Massachusetts, and Nancy Gilman Cuneo and her husband Paul, daughter Katharine, and sons Grayson and Grant of New York. A mass at St. John’s Church in Old Saybrook will be said in her honor on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 11:00am.


  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, February 13, 2021


Margaret J. Johnson

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Renata Morteo

February 7, 2021

Margaret made me feel at home when I bought my house in Maplewood Street. Hers was a welcoming and most precious gift because for many years I only came to Old Saybrook over the weekend. She quickly came over to introduce herself. She told me about the neighborhood - she knew everyone and remembered everything. Over the years, she gave me plenty of useful advice.
Margaret was an avid reader, a great talker, and a good listener. She liked history and was always on top of current events. She was also a tough and opinionated lady with a quick and sharp mind. She will be missed.

Jim Walton

February 6, 2021

Margaret was, by definition, a true New Englander. She loved the seasons and wholeheartedly supported the Uconn girls basketball team, the Patriots and the Red Sox.
She was my next door neighbor for 20 years and we would regularly talk “over the backyard fence” about town events, politics and family. Family was so very important to her; especially her grandchildren. I heard more stories about their scholastic achievements, athletic abilities, Proms, applying to colleges and latest boyfriend/girlfriends. She loved to host the family at holiday time and the torchlight parade.
She was the matriarch of our neighborhood and made it cohesive, friendly and inviting. There was a true void, and still is, when she moved.
Other than family, her passions were history and politics. But don’t get into a discussion about politics, because you would never win.
She had a high intellect and could converse on any subject.
May she Rest In Peace.

Jaci Cuneo

February 5, 2021

Margaret you will be miss very much by me and everyone that you touch. You always knew how to cheer up people with your beautiful smile. I loved your sense of humor and that crazy laugh that you had. You had a heart of gold. Thank you for taking me to the casino to gamble and for telling me to pick up the 100.00 dollar chip on the floor, before any one sees me picking it up. Thank you for showing me the way after my mother died. You are the best and will be mostly missed, but not forgotten. All of your grandchild and two daughters will miss you, but they will never forget you. May God lead you home without any pain. I hope that You, Nancy & Sara find comfort in one another, and find peace and love with your family. So very Sorry.
Love Always,
Jaci Cuneo