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Frances B. (Vigeant) Johnson

November 30, 1925 ~ June 27, 2019 (age 93)

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Gilbertville - Frances Bertha (Vigeant) Johnson, 93, of Gilbertville, died on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at Baystate Wing Hospital in Palmer following a brief illness. 


She leaves her daughter, Kathleen Parker of Gilbertville; three sons, Francis I. Johnson, Jr and his wife, Joanne of Wheelwright, Martin R. Johnson and his wife April of Ware and Stanley H. Johnson and his wife Terri of S. Barre; 10 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren, 15 step great-grandchildren, 3 step great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband of 46 years, Frank I. Johnson in 1993, her daughter, Nancy C.J. Parker in 2013, and her five other siblings, Alfred Vigeant, Grace Renaud, Aline Kurbs, Theresa, and her twin brother, Francis.  She was born in Worcester, daughter of the late Francis T. and Gertrude (Sperber) Vigeant.


Frances worked as an Inspector and Packer at the Ludlow Paper Co. in Ware for several years.  She was a wonderful homemaker who enjoyed flower gardening, crocheting, which she made over 100 Afghans for ‘Warm Up America’, and knitting. She was also avid Bingo player.  Her happiest times though were being with her large extended family.  She was an avid Red Sox fan who never lost her Red Sox Nation spirit – even through the bad seasons.  She would often say that she, “liked the Red Sox and whoever can beat the Yankees!”


She was a member of St. Augustine Mission Church in Wheelwright, where she served as a Communicant, and was very strong in her faith.  She was always thankful to God for her long, well fulfilled life. 


A Funeral Mass for Frances will be held on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 11:00AM in St. Augustine Mission Church, 98 Church Lane, in Wheelwright.  A calling hour will be held prior to the mass from 9 to 10AM in the Varnum Funeral Home, Inc., 43 East Main St., in West Brookfield.  Burial will be in Worcester County Memorial Park in Paxton following the mass.


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Calling Hour
July 2, 2019

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Varnum Funeral Home, Inc.
43 East Main Street
West Brookfield, MA 01585

Funeral Mass
July 2, 2019

11:00 AM
St. Augustines Mission Church
98 Church Lane
Wheelwright, MA 01094

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