Month: November 2023

Charmaine Johnson

Charmaine Johnson, beloved mother and grandmother, was born May 14, 1940 in Rochester, PA transitioned into the arms of God on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at 12:15 pm at Life Beaver
County Assisted Living Home. She was the daughter of the late James Edward Johnson and Mildred Irene Johnson. She was a resident of Bridgewater, Pennsylvania.

Charmaine truly loved the Lord and was active at Second Baptist Church, Rochester, PA. She gave her life to the Lord as a young child and continued to serve throughout her adult life. She served on various committees within the church, including the Church Clerk, the Nurses Unit, the Service Guild, Choir, and Vacation Bible School. Her children (raised within the church) regularly attended Sunday School and Church services with her as a family.

Charmaine was a hard worker, loyal to whatever company she worked for including retail sales, a secretary at a drug rehab center, and Arco Polymer where she was a top-grade laborer and the only African American female in her department. She retired and was genuinely revered by her co-workers. In her later years, she enjoyed working as a Direct Care aide at Passavant Memorial Homes and Providence Care Center. Her patients were her passion.

Charmaine was a lover of people, young and old. To the youth she was their cheerleader, always celebrating their accomplishments and the elderly serving them with a car ride, grocery shopping or whatever was needed. Anywhere she went she found some friends. She spoke to everyone which normally ended up in a lengthy conversation. She made an impact on many peoples’ lives by caring for them, listening, and always encouraging them to be strong, proclaiming that “You can do it! “. It wouldn’t be a complete conversation with her without a little “fussing” and cracking a joke or two. Everyone called her Mimi, Mom, and Aunt Char and she was just that to many.

Charmaine was under the care of Life Beaver County for the last 6 years of her life. She attended the adult day care center daily. When she needed more care they came to the house to assist her and then finally she resided in their Assisted Living home in Aliquippa. Even there Charmaine made friends with the care staff, other residents and their families. She was never alone. They took great care of her allowing the family to have peace in knowing that she was in good hands.

Charmaine is preceded in death by her husband, Walter Smith, and her sister, Shirley Eady.

She is survived by her sister, Bonita Jefferson. Children: Tracey Johnson and Edward Johnson (Carrie). Grandchildren: Jada Anderson, Imani Anderson, Tre Johnson (Ciara), Alente Johnson and Preston Johnson. Great-grandchildren: Keiavyon Brooks, Tamia Anderson, Janiah Lowe, Nylah Hill, Justice Johnson, Elijah Hill, Ramzie Johnson, and Nesta Johnson. She has many other family members living in Beaver County, including nieces, nephews, and cousins that were very close to her. Charmaine will be missed!

Viewing will be held on Monday, November 27, 2023, from 5 pm to 7 pm and Tuesday, November 28, 2023, at 10 am; service starting at 11 am at Second Baptist Church, 200 Clay Street, Rochester, PA. Arrangements entrusted to Washington Funeral Home & Cremation, 1411 6th Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA 15010. Regina Washington, Supervisor.
Service will be streamed on Face Book Sbc Rochester.

John E Hunter Jr.

John E Hunter 69 passed away November 1, 2023, at his home surrounded by family. He was born November 28, 1953 in Union, South Carolina to Pauline Hunter and the late John Hunter.

John was affectionately called “Brutha” by his mother. This nickname was forever what loved ones called him. Other family members called him John Ed. He graduated from Freedom Area School District where he was involved with Drama Club and the Marching Band. He was the Drum Major in the band and mastered the twirling of the baton, but “acting” was his love and what he perfected. He was cast in several plays, but West Side Story earned him a leading role. While attending Robert Morris College he was cast as “Mr. Brinks” in “On Borrowed Time”. He also attended Penn State and majored in psychology.

John was employed by J&L in the 1970’s. He also worked for the Mental Health Association, HAP, K-Mart, and Dollar General. He loved reading books, adored all babies, and enjoyed the pleasure of his family and friends. This is when a group of all his friends created the BS Reunion, (which was big in the community), and the event was celebrated with tons of food and fun. He was very knowledgeable in politics and worked with the election polls. He eventually worked for George McGovern’s political campaign when he was running for president.

He is survived by his mother Pauline Hunter, sisters; Shirley (Stephen) LaVette Rochester, PA., Wanda (Larry) Horton, Beaver Falls, PA., Sheila (Brian) Bell Coraopolis, PA., brothers; David Hunter, New Brighton, PA., and Richard (Yegennia) Kelly, S.C., nieces; Rashonda (Spencer) Waldron, Jasmine (SaQuan) Clark, Jakesha LaVette and fiancé Remondo William, Keyera Fisher, LaTia Horton, LaTaya Horton, NaBrea Hunter and boyfriend AJ Riggins., nephews; Antoine (Hannah) Hunter, Reon Hunter, Brian Jr, Brandon, Braylon and Jamie Lavette, and girlfriend Diamond Norman. 5 great nieces, 7 great nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends. John is also survived by special friends, Paul and Michelle Avery, Bill Valentine, Toni and Herb Bradley, Brandi and Dave Beers, Frank Berry, and the late Connie Wright, Lottie Bazemore and Walter “Leroy” Woods.

The family wishes to thank family and friends for their heartfelt words of comfort and condolences.

Viewing will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2023, from 4pm to 8pm and Friday, November 10, 2023 at 10am; service starting at 11am at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 410
Wykes Street, Aliquippa, PA. Arrangements entrusted to Washington Funeral Home & Cremation 1411 6th Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA 15010. Regina Washington

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