Aletha G. Johnston, age 93, of Portland passed away Monday, June 20, 2022, in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare in Portland.

Aletha was born in Jay County on Dec. 9, 1928, the daughter of Peter and Calestine (Wagner) Remaklus. She was married on June 18, 1949, to Robert Johnston and he passed away on Oct. 18, 1964. She was a homemaker and had worked at Jay County Hospital, Richard’s Restaurant, Jay Garment, Head Start and Nursing home. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Moose Lodge, American Legion Auxiliary, Eagles Lodge and Altar Rosary Society.

Surviving are six sons, Ron Johnston (wife: Jo Ellen) of Portland, Carl Johnston of Muncie, Gary Johnston (wife: Cecelia) of Portland, Richard Johnston (wife: Patty) of Portland, Dan Johnston (wife: Lori) of Rolling Prairie, Indiana, and Robert Johnston of Portland; three daughters, Diana Link (husband: Jack) of Fort Recovery, Karen Wolford (husband: Dale) of Portland and Jane Johnston (wife: Deb) of Greenville, Ohio; daughter-in-law Martha Johnston of Tipton; 21 grandchildren; and 46 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Tom Johnston and Mark Johnston.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, June 24, at 10 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Peter Logsdon presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Friday from 9 to 9:45 a.m. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home.

Memorials can be made to The Hospice Group.

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