Beverly M. (Pantzke) Johnston, 89

obit-Beverly-Pantzke-JohnstonBeverly M. (Pantzke) Johnston of Port Angeles, Wash., passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013. She died of age-related causes at Avamere Olympic Rehabilitation in Sequim, Wash. Beverly willed her body to the Department of Biological Structure at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
Beverly Johnston was born in Little Falls, the daughter of Augusta and William Pantzke. She grew up in Little Falls. Following her graduation from Little Falls High School, Beverly was employed as a secretary for the State of Minnesota’s Military Department at Camp Ripley, and later by the Minnesota Light and Power Company in Little Falls. On July 10, 1965, Bev married Philip M. Johnston. They moved to Crookston, Minnesota, where Phil was employed by Montana Dakota Utilities Company. While living in Crookston, Bev was executive secretary for the Polk-Red Lake Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross, and later, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent of the Northwest Experiment Station, University of Minnesota. Upon Phil’s retirement in 1971, the Johnstons moved to Sequim, Wash. and then, in 1974, to Port Angeles, where both were employed as United States Custom Inspectors for the next 12 years.  Phil died in April 1993. Bev was a long-standing member of the Port Angeles First United Methodist and Congregational Church, United Methodist Women and Christian Social Action Circle; and Esther Chapter No. 19, Order of Eastern Star (OES).
Beverly was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Beatrice Gates, and brothers Lyle and Elmer.
A memorial service and celebration of her life is planned for 1:00 pm, Wednesday, April 17, at the First United Methodist Church in Port Angeles, 110 E. 7th St. Her friends and family request that, in lieu of flowers, any donations be made to the First United Methodist Church.
Bev was self-effacing, never taking credit for the many things she did to make this world a better place for all. She was a staunch and loyal friend, meticulous, with an incisive wit; she had a loving understanding of her fellow man and woman; she was trustworthy and discreet; and she never stopped seeking knowledge. The world is a poorer place with her passing.
To her many longtime friends and acquaintances, Beverly would say:
“Shalom, Dear Hearts, Shalom.
Thanks for the memories, and all the things you shared, just because you cared.
So when you come to the end of a perfect life,
And, there is joy and no more strife,
I bid you all: Auf Wiedersehen.
Hugs and Kisses to all.”
– EVERLY BEVERLY

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