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Frances J. Johnston

September 3, 1933 March 25, 2016
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PEORIA – Frances J. Johnston, 82, of Peoria passed away 2:35 p.m. Friday, March 25, 2016, at her residence.

Frances was born on Sept. 3, 1933, in Peoria to the late Michael and Jeanette (Hawley) Berchtold. She married Robert B. Johnston in 1965. He preceded her in death in May 1996.

She is survived by one brother, Howard (Jean) Berchtold of Davenport, Iowa; three nieces, Dru Kindred, Karen Berchtold, and Julie (Tony) Carballo; two nephews, Tim (Marty) Berchtold and Curt (Gina) Berchtold; great-nieces and nephews, Blake, Eric, Bob, Brian, Vince, Grace, Van, Nick, Jeremy, Beau, Sarah, Ava, Melissa, Nathan, Tyler, and Henry; stepdaughter, Robbie Johnston; stepson, Danny (Janet McGuire) Johnston; and four grandchildren, Katie, Leo, Kelly, and Brantley.

Frances worked in the business department at Equitable Life Assurance in Peoria for 22 years. Later she and her husband started American Financial Security Corporation.

She was a devoted volunteer at the Glen Oak Zoo, where she received the Community Service Award in 2000. She also volunteered for many years as an usher with the Peoria Civic Center A-Team. She and Bob were season ticket holders for Bradley basketball for many years.

A funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 31, 2016, at St. Thomas Catholic Church. Msgr. Jason Gray will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at Wright & Salmon Mortuary, with recitation of the Rosary at 4:45 p.m. An additional visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the Mass at the church. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Thomas Catholic Church or Peoria Zoo.

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5:00 PM 3/30/2016 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 3/30/2016 7:00:00 PM
Wright & Salmon Mortuary

2416 N North St
Peoria, IL 61604

Recitation of the Rosary at 4:45 PM

Wright & Salmon Mortuary
2416 N North St Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Funeral Mass




10:30 AM 3/31/2016 10:30:00 AM
St. Thomas Catholic Church

904 E Lake Ave
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

Visitation 30 minutes prior

St. Thomas Catholic Church
904 E Lake Ave Peoria Heights 61616 IL
United States

Cemetery Details


Springdale Cemetery Final Resting Place

3014 N Prospect Rd
Peoria, IL 61603

3014 N Prospect Rd Peoria 61603 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Peoria Zoo

St. Thomas Catholic Church

904 E Lake Ave
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

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