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Anita M. Johnson

Anita M. (Poirier) Johnson, 95, of Gardner, died peacefully, Tuesday, December 15, 2020, in Gardner Rehabilitation and Nursing Home, Gardner, after a brief illness.

Born in Rogersville, New Brunswick, Canada, on November 1, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Narcisse and Emma (Hebert) Poirier. Anita was a dietary aide employed by Heywood Hospital of Gardner for six years until her retirement in 1989. She was previously employed as a stitcher at R. Smith Furniture.

Anita was a parishioner of Annunciation Parish/ Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church of Gardner, where she was a member of its Ladies of Ste. Anne Society. She was a member of the Gardner Golden Agers and the Gardner Chapter of AARP. Anita was a devote Catholic and found great serenity in her faith. In her free time, she loved to sew. But the time that she truly cherished the most was spent with her family.

Anita is survived by her daughter, Jocelyn M. Baker and her husband Stephen of Orange; a son, Raymond J. Johnson of Gardner; a brother, Louis Poirier of Gardner; a sister, Bertha Leonard of Gardner; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband Armand P. Johnson, who died in 1983; three sisters, Marie Thibeau, Beatrice Richard, and Flora Poirier; and two brothers, Albert and Eric Poirier.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, December 21, 2020, with a Mass at 10:00 a.m. in Annunciation Parish at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, 135 Nichols Street, Gardner, MA 01440. Burial will be held at Notre Dame Cemetery, West Street, Gardner, MA, at a later date.

There are no calling hours.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Annunciation Parish Renovation Fund, 135 Nichols Street, Gardner, MA 01440. Please reference in memory of Anita M. Johnson.

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Jocelyne and Raymond (cousins),

Sorry to learning about Aunt Anitas passing. Just learned about that yesterday, a month later. We loved her and admired her enthusiasm spirit and love for her family. We honestly want to offer you our sincere condolences and may her wonderful heart accompany you in the future. We dont see you but still know that we have cousins in the states somewhere. Would be nice to see you someday.

Ginette Johnson Richard (Arthurs daughter)

Ginette Johnson Richard Jan 17 2021 12:00 AM

Ours sincerely deepest condolences Jocelyn(husband)Raymond,Bertha and Louis for the passing off tante Anita may she Rest In Peace!

Flora DesRoches Dec 21 2020 12:00 AM

It was a pleasure taking care of Anita while she resided in Gardner Rehab. She will be missed by our staff. My deepest condolences to the family from Ashley Boucher (one of many nurses at Gardner Rehab)

Ashley Boucher Dec 21 2020 12:00 AM

Our sincere sympathies for the loss of your mother. Sad to hear of her passing.

Claira and Jean-Paul Richard Dec 19 2020 12:00 AM

We are sad to hear of the passing of your mother. She was a special aunt to Eric & I. We offer our sincere sympathies to you Raymond & Jocelyne.

Eric & Marie Richard Dec 17 2020 12:00 AM