OBITUARY

Diane Lynn Johnston

May 16, 1946August 29, 2020
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Johnston, Diane, age 74 of Woodbury, Minnesota, passed away on August 29, 2020.

She is survived by her husband Ronald Johnston and their three children, Kristin (Dirksen), Kevin and Laura (Gulbrandsen). She was a loving and adoring grandmother to 5 grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents Virginia and Henry Cunningham and her sister Sandra Kunz. Diane worked for St. Paul Public Schools for 33 years and was passionate about giving back to the community. She was active in church, taught Sunday School, supported Twin City-based resources for people in need and volunteered her time and talents on mission trips. Beyond volunteering, Diane enjoyed gardening and traveling. She traveled to many different places with her loving husband Ron over their 50 years together.

The family is planning a private celebration but would like to invite those who would like to honor Diane to a visitation at the Wulff Funeral Home in Woodbury on Tuesday, Sept. 8th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. We will be following COVID guidelines at the visitation. In lieu of flowers please donate in Diane’s name to the Alzheimers Association at alz.org

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  • Celebration of Life

    Tuesday, September 8, 2020

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Lois Rafferty

September 4, 2020

A favorite of my memories of Diane, soon after we'd met in college, was watching her tool around on her skateboard. We shared many friends, a few apartments, good times.


After college, we still had occasional get-togethers, at my home, at Karen's, at Mara's, at Sharon's; and how special it was to be together at our alma mater, when our friend Coventry was given a distinguished alumnus award.


A couple of summers ago, we all rented cabins near Two Harbors and had a wonderful time with our dear friend Nancy.

I remember a trip that Diane, Karen, Mary Ellen Godbe, and I took to New York City. We went to a couple of off Broadway plays, one of which included some nudity, which we laughed about for the rest of that evening. I still have the Italian pitcher, the one we all bought at the outdoor cafe where we had our last lunch before catching our flight home.


Diane had a keen social conscience. She was a special educator and speech pathologist. My husband John, who was at that time a child protection social worker, shared a client with Diane. He said, after he'd seen Diane at her school, that he so enjoyed talking to her; said she was always friendly and, too, so compassionate about the children she worked with.


Diane was a beautiful person, both inside and out. And oh, how she loved her family. Kevin, I remember when you were very little, Diane telling me that when you toddled toward her, her heart would "just melt."

Ron, Kristin, Kevin, and Laura, we send you healing thoughts and prayers. Your precious Diane is now in a perfect place; no more pain.

With love, Lois and John Rafferty

Sharon Boyden

September 2, 2020

Diane and I became friends during our freshman year of college. Very quickly our "group" expanded to 12 women. At one time, we decided to have sweatshirts imprinted with the made up word, Crounch. Don't ask me what the word meant, I have forgotten. However, I have not forgotten how important this group has become in my life. Over the years, we attended each other's weddings, rejoiced at the birth of children, celebrated new job opportunities and lamented over the problems that sometimes occurred. I knew I could always count on Diane when I needed her. She was a loving, courageous woman. You will always hold a special place in my heart. Sharon

Tammy Gozel

September 2, 2020

I was fortunate to have Diane as a neighbor and friend, we played lots of cards, bowled together, had lots of laughs, such a kind soul. Our thoughts and prayers to Ron and the kids.

Barbara Woodward

September 2, 2020

Diane was one of my dearest friends. She had many friends, a testament to who she was. She was an empathic friend when you needed her to be...and she was so fun! I can still hear her giggle.She was also a very strong person when she faced adversity. Her faith was very strong. I will miss her so much!

Shawn Johnston

September 2, 2020

I am so happy that I was lucky enough to be able to see Uncle Ron and Aunt Diane when they stopped by during their travels--such lovely chats. My deepest sympathies, she will be missed.

Linda Kennedy

September 2, 2020

Diane was a lovable force. Gentle and strong. Brilliant, funny, always generous with her time and her expertise and her friendship. A gifted, creative, respected speech clinician. A woman devoted to her family. A giver. She walked the walk. No nonsense but plenty of laughs. She was and will always be loved. Rest In Peace, dear beloved Diane.

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