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Updated: 09/21/2013 08:00:03AM

Mary L. Johnson

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Mary L. Johnson

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Mary Lea Johnson, 82, of Southington, Conn., and Venice, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. She was the wife of the late Joseph F. Johnson Sr.

She was born in Philadelphia, Pa., the daughter of the late Norman and Mary (Smyth) Webb. Mary Lea was an elementary and special-ed teacher for the Meriden and Southington school systems. She was a longtime advocate for the disabled, spending countless hours fighting for their rights. She was an active member of both the Southington and Venice Grace United churches.

She is survived by a daughter, Pamela Lebel, and her husband, Norman, of Southington, Conn.; a son, Jeffrey E. Johnson, of Durham, Conn.; and two granddaughters, Jessica and Jennifer Lebel. She was predeceased by a son, Joseph F. Johnson Jr., and a brother, Norman Webb

Services: A Memorial Service was held at Grace United Methodist Church in Southington, Conn. DellaVecchia Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. For online condolences, visit:

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Grace United Methodist Church, Organ Fund, 400 E. Field Ave., Venice FL 34285