Pittsburgh

Peters Township

Pittsburgh

Peters Township

John N. “JJ” Johnson

John N. “JJ” Johnson, Age 78, of Robinson Twp., passed surrounded by his family on Sunday, December 2, 2018. Beloved husband of 56 yrs of Loretta G. Johnson; Loving father Craig (Debbie) Johnson, Michelle (Bob) Eritz; Mark (Lori Davis) Johnson; Cherished grandfather of Eric, Keith, Phil (Rachel), Zach, Tyler, Paige, Jessica (Mark), Joshua and Gabby; Great-grandfather of Eli, Nori, Marley and Weston; Son of the late Willis and Virginia Johnson; Brother of the late Jerry (Patty) Johnson and Betty Johnson; Son-in-Law of Margaret and the late James Basiorka; Brother-in-Law of Dennis (Mary Jane) Basiorka, Brenda (Rich) Pekar and the late James (Loretta)  Basiorka; also survived by many nieces and nephews.

John was a retired Boilermaker and a life-long member of the Boilermakers Local #154. He was an avid golfer. He loved gardening and enjoying the outdoors. John was a faithful Catholic and truly loved his family and spending time with them and especially his grandchildren. John fought a long, brave battle with pancreatic cancer. He was grateful for the care he received from the oncology team at AGH, including his compassionate doctor, Dr. Gregory Long.

Friends received Tuesday, 6-8pm and Wednesday, 2-4 and 6-8pm. Boilermaker Ritual will be on Wednesday at 7:45pm. Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Trinity Church 5718 Steubenville Pike, Robinson Twp. on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 11am. Interment to follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Private arrangements entrusted to Pittsburgh Cremation and Funeral Care 5405 Steubenville Pike Robinson Twp., PA 15136. Memorial contribution in honor of John can be made to Holy Trinity Church.

4 Condolences

  1. Sharon Londino on December 3, 2018 at 8:45 am

    My heart is heavy as we say goodbye to one of my favorite people in the world. His warm smile and “bear” hugs will forever be a fond memory. I was blessed to have been part of his extended family and included in many family celebrations. May God bless his family with peace and understanding, along with the stength to work through their sadness. Love to all. ❤



  2. Rachel Eritz on December 3, 2018 at 10:17 am

    John,

    You were such an amazing man who welcomed me into the family with open arms from day one. By the end of the first night we met, you told me you loved me! And I loved you on that first meeting as well. You had such a kind, generous, and loving spirit that reminded me so much of my own grandfather that I had lost years ago. I felt instantly connected to you and always loved talking to you about life and listening to your stories. You always made me laugh and gave the best hugs. I’m so grateful that you got to meet our son, Weston and share some of that new baby joy with Phil and me. Your strength and determination will always be an inspiration to everyone that has had the pleasure of knowing you. We love you so much and will never stop missing you.



  3. Jim and Debbie Durkin on December 4, 2018 at 9:16 am

    We will miss you, JJ, and all your positive kindness, but golfing in Heaven (I hear ) is your dream come true. All your shots go straight (as always), the greens slope in to the cup, and the cups are the size of coffee cans. See you up there at the 20th hole.



  4. Debbie Johnson on December 6, 2018 at 6:53 am

    Words cannot express the sadness I feel; I buried my own Dad 27 years ago, and feel like I am doing it all over again. This man, from the first time Craig introduced me to the family, welcomed me and my children into the family without hesitation! As many have noted, he gave the BEST bear hugs and you simply felt his love! I am so blessed to have been able to have a special bond with him – blessed to have been able to sit with him during treatments, and just chat! Blessed to have him as a father!!! He will be so missed. I will miss seeing that great sparkle in his beautiful blue eyes; will definitely miss those hugs! “Pappy” I will love you forever and I know you are at peace as the Lord has taken you in to the palm of his hand. This was read at my dads funeral and is so appropriate to you Pappy. Rest easy!

    God looked around his garden and he found and empty space;
    Then he look down on this earth and saw your weary face.
    He knew you were suffering; He knew you were in pain
    He knew that you would never be well on this earth again.
    So be placed His arms around you and lifted you to rest
    He closed your weary eyelids upon his peaceful breast.
    It broke our hearts to lose you but you did not go alone,
    For part of us went with you the day He called you Home.



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