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Irene D. Johnston
(02-06-1918 - 11-01-2019)

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Irene D. Johnston, 101, passed away on Friday, November 1, 2019 at Heritage Manor in Elgin, IL.
She was born on February 6, 1918 in Chatelineau, Belgium, the daughter of Raoul and Marie (Vandendaele) Durant. She married Ross A. Johnston, who was stationed in Europe during WWII, on July 24, 1945 in Charleroi, Belgium. She arrived in the US in May 1946 and resided in St. Charles until they moved to Elgin around 1948. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elgin for many years, and had been employed at Cal’s Roast Beef, then Chicago Rawhide in the 70’s. She was always very fond of music and loved to dance.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1981, an infant daughter in 1949, and her daughter Charlette in 2015.
She is survived by her children, Jeannette (Bob) Ross, Raoul (Christine) Johnston, and Paulette (Irwin) Fridman, her 10 grandchildren Kevin (Jennifer) Ross, Melissa (Tim) Meise, Christopher (Ariana) Hobby, Gillian (Mike Leahy) Clemmons, Natalie Johnston, Madalin Johnston, Hannah Johnston, Mallory Koster, Chantel McCarthy, Joshua McCarthy, Eric (Tara) McCarthy, and Zachary McCarthy. She is also survived by 14 great grandchildren, Alex, Hailey and William Ross, Jenna and Cameron Meise, Ryan and Amelia Hobby, Taylor Clemmons and Ross Leahy, Alyssa and Kaelin Satterfield, Matthew and Olivia McCarthy and Quentin McCarthy, and 3 step great grandchildren. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 4:00 PM in the Laird Funeral Home, Elgin. Visitation will be held on Saatruday from 3:00 PM until the time of services. Private burial will be in Bluff City Cemetery. 847-741-8800 or www.lairdfamilyfunereralservices.com.

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