Melinda M. Johnson, 63, Akwesasne
Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 6:47 pm

Mrs. Melinda M. Johnson, 63, of 53 Sweet Grass Lane, passed away Saturday evening, December 10, 2011 at Ottawa General Hospital, where she had been a patient for over a month.

Melinda was born March 12, 1948 in Newfoundland, the daughter of the late Archelus and Delilah Watton Ivany. She attended schools in Newfoundland and Toronto. She married Thomas “Baseball” Johnson on July 5, 1969 at St. Regis Catholic Church with Rev. Francis Arsenault, officiating.

Melinda was first and foremost a homemaker devoted to raising her children and grandchildren. She first worked at General Motors in Toronto for a short time and was a private duty daycare provider. She was a communicant of St. Regis Catholic Church and enjoyed reading, watching television, and shopping. She also enjoyed sitting outside in her rocking chair waiting for visitors.

She will be sadly missed by her husband, Tom; her seven children, Annalisa Johnson and companion, Philip Benedict, Thomas Johnson, Patrick Johnson and companion, Lindsey Roundpoint, Melissa Cook and husband, Dominic, David Johnson and companion, Faith Thomas, Angela Johnson and companion, John Benedict, and Daniel Johnson, all of Akwesasne; her 37 grandchildren including three she raised, Christopher and Cory Johnson and Steven Johnson and his companion, Jenna Mitchell; and eight great grandchildren.

She will be also be missed by her three brothers, Robert Ivany, Kevin Ivany and wife, Alice, and Todd Ivany and wife, Dana, all of Cornwall; her sisters, Christine Thompson and husband, Robert, and Tina Ivany and husband, Bubba, of Akwesasne; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Melinda was predeceased by her parents and two infant grandchildren, Robert Johnson and Richard Benedict.

Friends may call at Kateri Hall beginning 8:00 p.m., Monday until 1:00 p.m. Wednesday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday 2:00 p.m. at St. Regis Catholic Church with Rev. Jerome Pastores, celebrating. Cremation will follow the services.

Arrangements are with the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, where condolences may be made online at