Giovannina "Jean" Johnston

Jean Johnston, age 88, of Joliet, passed away Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at Ascension St. Joseph Medical Center. Born May 31, 1934 in Chicago, IL she was the daughter of the late Vincenza (Catalano) and Isidoro Casa.  Jean was raised on the east side of Joliet and could often be found working at the family store throughout her childhood.

She attended Joliet grade schools and graduated from Joliet Township High School.

She is survived by her loving daughters, Linda (Gregory) Haas and Kelly (Steve) Morris; her adoring grandchildren,Christopher (Judy) Hollister, Jennifer (David) Huston, Ryan (Jenenne) Hollister, Gregory Haas; Nicole (Todd) Moore, Sara Morris and Megan Morris; dearest great-grandchildren, Jack, Audrey, Scarlett, Jace and Tyler. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Raymond “Bud” Johnston (1988); her parents and siblings, Adrianna (the late Edward) Partilla, Felice Casa, Jerome Casa and her dear friend, Dee Chizmark.

Jean began her career in healthcare under the guidance of Ernest Wunderlich at the former Homemakers Upjohn.  She instinctively knew what each of her patients needed, however provided perhaps the best medicine to those she felt honored to treat- kindness, compassion and positive, warm assurance.  In her free time, she loved to sing, dance and travel, especially to her winter getaway in Mazatlan years back.  She also loved cooking and hosting holiday gatherings for family, friends, and co-workers at her health care agency who might have been away from family. She welcomed everyone with open arms.  Her family and friends meant the world to her.

Visitation for Jean Johnston will be held Wednesday, December 28, 2022 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black road (at Essington Road), Joliet.  Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 29, 2022 at 11:00 a.m., at the funeral home.  Interment in Resurrection Cemetery, Romeoville, will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

For more information, please call (815) 741-5500 or visit her Memorial Tribute at