Marilyn Anne Johnson (nee Rusnak)

08/03/1950 - 24/11/2022


Obituary For Marilyn Anne Johnson (nee Rusnak)

*Updated Service Information*

March 8, 1950 - November 24, 2022

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Marilyn Johnson on November 24th, 2022, in Goodyear, Arizona, at the age of 72.

Marilyn was born March 8th, 1950, in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, to parents Robert and Mary Rusnak. In 1969, Marilyn met Stephen Johnson during his first Air Force posting to Portage La Prairie. They married in 1970 and began their military life together, moving from province to province with their daughters Kimberly and Katherine throughout the years.

Marilyn had recently retired in Grande Prairie, Alberta, and was enjoying her golden years. She had a passion for travel, loved baking, was famous for her perogies; enjoyed volunteering at races, spending time with friends and family, and spoiling her grandchildren.

Marilyn will be dearly missed by her daughters, Kimberly Lebrun and Katherine Dodge, her sons-in-law Brandon Lebrun and Colin Dodge, her grandchildren Daniel and Joshua Lebrun, Avery and Abigail Dodge, and siblings Dorothy McPherson, Nick Rusnak, Michael Rusnak, Carol Strecker, and Nancy Mehkary.

Marilyn was predeceased by her parents, Robert and Mary Rusnak, husband Stephen Johnson, sister Diane Broekema, brothers, Johnny, Ron, Fred and Walter Rusnak and grandson Dilan Lebrun.

We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the medical team at Abrazo West Campus in Goodyear, Arizona for their kindness, compassion, and exceptional care of our mom.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, March 10, at 1pm at Bear Creek Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780 830 7742


10 Mar

Celebration of Life

01:00 PM

Bear Creek Funeral Home 11802 99 Ave Grande Prairie, AB T8W 0C7 Get Directions »
by Obituary Assistant

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  • 14/01/2023

    Carol so sorry for the loss of your sister. Let the precious memories help you through this difficult time.

  • 03/01/2023

    We were so sorry to hear of Marilyn's sudden death. John and Steve were good friends and arrived in Portage la Prairie together in 1969. Marilyn had to have been a strong woman with losing Steve and raising their two lovely daughters alone. Both of us can't imagine the hurt that all of her family is experiencing. With deepest sympathy John and Lynda MacNaughton

  • 02/01/2023

    So sorry for your loss, my sympathy to entire Family😢 Gail Yacucha; High School Friend Portage la Prairie.

  • 21/12/2022

    Our heartfelt saddness on learning of Marilyn's passing. She was a lifelong friend and was a huge part of the McKenzie Ave kids growing up in Portage. Marilyn will be missed by all who knew her. Thanks for the fond memories my friend... Val & Chris Little Comox Valley BC

  • 04/12/2022

    Your Mom was the best at doing up Christmas and pierogi making, she even made mine without onions! Love her! My memories as a kid, a teen and as an adult your Mom was there for many and I will cherish always. Sending condolences to all of your family ❤️

  • 02/12/2022

    Kim, Kathy and family, this breaks my heart that she has passed. I thought/wished she would live a much longer life. I have so many fond memories from the time I was 12 until this summer(2022) when Kim and I spent time with both our mothers in Cole a bo gee😂 (Calabogie). She was such a nice lady (ie: second mom) and loved her daughters to the fullest. She set the bar high for my passion for Pierogis😋. I wish you all many happy memories of Marilyn, I know I have many and will cherish them over the years❤️ I am fortunate to work in the same building that Mr.Johnson passed away in and I think of him daily when I enter the building. Both Marilyn and Steve hold a special place in my heart and will miss them both now💔

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