Merrie Lynn Johnson
Merrie was born in Jersey City, NJ. As a foster child, she joined the family of Leah and Joseph Leuchten and their teen-age children, Joan and William. Merrie attended St. Michael’s High School in Jersey City and Trinity College in Vermont. She taught for two years at St. Anthony’s School in Jersey City. Merrie relocated in California, married Sergei Vanderwiel; they had one son.
Merrie had a passion for cats, movies, and books. She enjoyed gardening, knitting and other crafts. Merrie is survived by her son Turu, her grandchildren Curtis and Tyler, a great-grandson Christian, her siblings, Joan and William, and several nieces and nephews.
A private service honoring her memory will be held out of state.
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