July 12, 1938 – January 11, 2020
Patricia Lee Johnston passed away at age 81 on January 11th, 2020 in Woodbury MN. Survived by her devoted husband of 63 years, Jerry; loving children, Jeffrey (Linda) Johnston; Lori (Marc) Otto; and Amy (David) Cox; beloved grandson, Douglas Johnston Cox; brother-in-law John Barker; 4 nephews; 2 nieces; second cousins; and friends from Virginia to California and Minnesota to Southern Missouri and so many states in between. Preceded in death by her mother, Bernice Nesbitt and father, Paul Nesbitt; and sister-in-law, Ginny Barker.
Born in Minneapolis on July 12, 1938 to Paul and Bernice (Peterson) Nesbitt but raised in Des Moines, Iowa. Patty was a Roosevelt 1956 graduate. Shortly after graduation she married and worked to help support Jerry while he earned his college degree. On and off throughout her life Patty worked as a secretary for corporations, schools and churches. Although she was great at dictation and typing, her true love was her family.
She organized sleepovers, picnics, birthdays, family trips, every holiday, lunches, and dinners. She was a den mother and worked the food booths at football games. She volunteered at a nursing home and helped organize church bazaars and rummage sales. She loved to shop and loved to cook. She had a smile that would light up the room and a heart just as bright. We will miss her more than can be imagined.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 11:00 a.m., with a Gathering of Family and Friends 1 Hour Prior to Service (10-11 a.m.), followed by a light lunch and desserts, all at Rose of Sharon Lutheran Church, 6875 Jamaica Avenue South, Cottage Grove, MN 55016. Private interment Elk River, MN. Memorials requested to Alzheimer’s Association.
Rose of Sharon Lutheran Church
6875 Jamaica Ave. S.
January 19, 2020
This is Nancy Peterson, Orinne’s daughter (from New Perspectives). I ran into Lori and family last weekend and heard about Patty, (and that you had recently had surgery!). So much to deal with at once! My heart goes out to you! It’s so hard to see the changes in our loved ones, and I can tell you were a dedicated and loving husband. Patty was such a sweet lady and I’m so glad my dad (Bill) and I ran into you the first day we were at New Perspectives. You were always a bright spot in our visits there.
We’re both so sorry for your loss and will miss seeing your smiling face at New Perspectives for as long as our journey there continues.
You’re in our thoughts and prayers.
Nancy Peterson & Bill Dunbar
January 17, 2020
We were blessed to have Pat as a neighbor for 20 years. She was a great lady in the Midwest tradition: a great hostess, a terrific cook, a caring person, always ready with a warm smile and a kind word. She set an example of caring for others in need by taking care of her fun mom, Bernice. She brightened our lives and the lives of everyone she met.
Rob Oerkfitz O'Brien
January 16, 2020
Laura, Brad and family:
So sorry for the loss of your mom. I hope that the memories you have with her will comfort you during this difficult time. Thinking of you and sending hugs and love from Illinois.
Rob Oerkfitz O'Brien
January 16, 2020
We were so blessed to have met Jerry and Pattie here in Camdenton, Mo. in 2014 Sometimes God sends people into your life that automatically hold a place in your heart. That’s how it was and is with Jerry and Pattie. The memories of our friendship are “Most Happy Ones!”
My (our) ❤️ is saddened for having lost a “dear friend” who will always be tucked away in my heart-And also for you Jerry and your family. We will hold you in our prayers. Can you just “feel it?” The hugs I mean Always 💜🤗’s
January 15, 2020
Pat and Jerry were our neighbors when we lived in Crystal Lake, Illinois. Pat was so kind to us since we were new to the area in 1967. I honestly never saw her mad and never heard her say anything bad about anyone. The hardest part of losing someone is learning to live without them. Pat's brightness, now dimmed in this world, will shine forever in our hearts. God bless your family. God's outstretched arms will wrap you in love.
With our deepest sympathy,
Al and Judy Borecky
January 14, 2020
Ron and I are sending our hugs to you all.
We will never regret moving to Old Kinderhook because of the new family we all became members of.
We may have moved away, but we will always be part of that Old Kinderhook family.
Patty and Jerry will always be in our memories of Old Kinderhook.