Gwendolyn Johnston

Gwendolyn Johnston

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Gwendolyn Gae (Wendi) Johnston was born in Leavenworth, KS on March 21, 1967 to David and Juanita (Riddle) Gwartney. She passed on March 26, 2021 at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO after double lung transplant (10.15.20) due to cystic fibrosis. She attended Easton schools and graduated from the University of Kansas with a BA in Early Childhood Education. She married her high school sweetheart, John Johnston on April 17, 1993, St. Lawrence Church, Easton.

Wendi’s light is shining brightly in heaven with her first-born son Justin, Grandma (Ada) and Grandpa (Manuel) Riddle, Nana (Mary) and Pop (Donald) Gwartney, her father-in-law Robert “Bob” Johnston, and brother-in-law William Johnston. “Her shine and light” extinguished too early for her husband John, daughters, Jordyn, Jenna, Julia and her son Jonathan; her parents, siblings Jodi (Scott)Felix, Gabriel (Shelly) Gwartney and David (Davey) Gwartney Jr; her mother-in-law Kathryn (Kathy) Johnston, John’s siblings Jim Vaczi (Dayna), Kathy Parsons (Victor Young), Lillian Lockwood (Robert "Bob"), Vicky Parr (husband, Don), Robert G. Johnston, nieces, nephews, great aunts, great uncles, aunts, uncles, and many cousins, extended family and friends.

She was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, and friend to so many. She loved being a stay at home mom and her family was most important to her as well as her Catholic faith. She was a member of St. Lawrence Altar Society. Wendi and John, in memory of their son Justin started Remembering Justin Inc., a non-profit to assist McLouth High School graduates through renewable scholarships. Many students have been able to pursue their higher education goals through the dedication and generosity of the many that contributed and participated in fundraising activities.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. with praying of the rosary at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will be at St.Lawrence Church in Easton, Kan., on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at 2 p.m. Burial services following at St. Lawrence Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Remembering Justin, Inc. or St. Lawrence Church.

Due to COVID-19 protocol, we ask all attendees to wear masks at all times during the visitation and mass. The visitation is open to all and not limited to a certain number of guests. The mass will be limited to approximately 80 people to attend in person.
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Your cousin Ken and Mollie Riddle

Posted at 09:56pm
We are so deeply saddened by your lost. Our hearts and prayers are with you and the kids. You have family in Omaha, and are always welcome.
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Carol Peterson

Posted at 10:32am
Wow a memory. I have so many. Wendi was my best friend. She was always there when I needed her. She was a very strong woman who survived many obstacles in her life. The biggest was the tragic lost if Justin, her son. Justin provide love and joy to his mom and family. The last 9 years have been a hard road for Wendi physically and emotionally. Through all this she never lost her faith in God. That is one remarkable woman. I will miss her so very much.
Wendi I am thankful God put you in my life. It made me a better christian and better person. I love you very much. Rest in peace.

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