of Chelsea, Michigan, age 89, died Saturday, November 14, 2020 at the Arbor Hospice Residence in Saline. She was born January 11, 1931 in Albion, Nebraska, the daughter of John “Jack” A. & Etta (Pape) Mannlein.  Mary Ann attended elementary school at St. Joseph Catholic School, and graduated from Dexter High School in 1949. On January 13, 1951, she married Norman G. Johnston at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dexter, and he survives. She was a dedicated wife and mother, she enjoyed sewing and cooking. Mary Ann was a member of the Altar Society at St. Joseph for many years. Mary Ann and Norm enjoyed vacationing at their property in northern Michigan.

In addition to her husband, Mary Ann is also survived by her children: Peggy A. Tripp of Virginia Beach; VA, Karen M. (Anderson Brown) Johnston of Ann Arbor; Diane L. Wilson of Howell; James N. (Deborah) Johnston of Ft. Myers, FL; Kenneth A. (Violet) Johnston of Chelsea; Catherine M. (James) Jackson of Ypsilanti; David L. (Theresa Street) Johnston of Norfolk, VA; and one sister JeNelda Naylor of Dexter; 11 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one brother, Duane Mannlein and one sister, Janice L. Ano.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dexter, with Fr. Brendan J. Walsh officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Dexter. The family will receive friends Tuesday, Nov. 17 at Cole Funeral Chapel. Due to Covid restrictions, please call 734-475-1551 to schedule a time to greet the family. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church (Stairway to Future campaign), 3470 Dover St, Dexter MI 48130.

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#5 Grant & Gayla Corley 2021-01-13 03:18
We are sorry we will not be able to attend the services for Mary Ann due to Covid19 issues. We extend our sympathy to all of you. Gayla and Grant
#4 Ray Mack 2020-11-17 16:44
Norm, so sorry to hear of Mary Ann's passing. Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Another of the "old line" cousins gone. Those Nebraska girls were special. Ray and Marie
#3 Amy Bishop 2020-11-17 06:02
My sympathy to all of you. Prayers for comfort.
#2 Gary Koch 2020-11-16 20:25
To the Johnston family. Sorry for the loss of your mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Gary, Debbie ,Eric ,Kourtney Koch Family
#1 Cousin Guy 2020-11-16 16:55
To all my cousins. Sorry for the loss of your mom. I am glad I went to visit my aunt and uncle a couple years ago when they were still in their home on Trinkle Rd. Wow how things change quickly. Thinking about you guys in your time of sorrow.

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