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Obituary: Eileen Mary Johnson

Eileen Mary Johnson of Madison, beloved wife of Gunnar and dedicated community volunteer, passed away January 23, 2013 at Middlesex Hospital surrounded by family. Visitation is Sunday at Swan Funeral Home in Madison.

 

Eileen Mary Johnson of Madison, beloved wife of Gunnar and dedicated community volunteer, passed away January 23, 2013 at Middlesex Hospital surrounded by family. You can read more in her obituary on Dignitymemorial.com.

Family and friends may visit the Swan Funeral Home 825 Boston Post Rd., Madison, on Sunday January 27, 2013 from 3-6pm. Memorial services will be held on Monday at the North Madison Congregational Church at 10am. Graveside services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Middlesex Hospital Hospice 27 Crescent St., Middletown, CT 06475.

For online tributes and condolences please visit the Swan Funeral Home in Madison website, or leave your comments below. 

Here is a tribute to Eileen, written by Lady McCrady:

Camelot and a Ballroom

I was sad when I heard that Eileen Johnson, the elegant and fun-loving dance and life partner of Gunnar Johnson, died this week.  The two make Madison a place, they give it a spirit, just by the act of having created a glittering ballroom on the top floor of our main street across from the post office.   In the evening going into a movie, through sheer beaux arts curtained windows, we could see the dappled chandelier lights on nights they were dancing, and it was often.  Many of the shoreline and Madison's couples learned the waltz, and the merengue, with Eileen and Gunnar's inspiration.  As a couple who seemed most comfortable in sweeping skirts and flying tails as they circled and turned and glided around the large room, we could believe we were elegant too, and that this bit of Camelot is usual, that it continues.  As an arts couple they will be missed from the life of our beach town with a French dress shop, a coffee destination that appeared long before Starbucks, a Wall Street gallery, our european art cinema, a significant independent bookseller, and a ballroom, now missing it's principal dancer.

Submitted by Lady McCrady, installation artist-painter, resident of Madison and
Manhattan. This is scheduled to appear in The Hartford Courant January 26, 2013.

kelly klein January 26, 2013 at 02:56 PM
That's a lovely letter to the editor, reprinted above, that appeared in the Hartford Courant today. Though I never met the Johnson's they certainly were a presence in town and Lady McGrady's tribute to both her and our town makes me even more grateful for our little town on the shore. Our thoughts are with Gunnar and the rest of Eileen's family.

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