Ellen M. Johnson


Ellen M. Johnson of Palenville, N.Y. was called home to eternal rest in Christ on May 3. She was born at home on Staten Island, NY to the late Alvin L. Naugle and Elizabeth (Betty) Naugle (nee Blusch). An alumni of Curtis High School, she worked at AT&T in NYC, and a corporate law firm on Wall St as a single woman in the 1950’s. She married her husband Arthur (Artie) in 1958, eventually settling in Eltingville, where she raised three daughters as a stay at home mom and homemaker, returning to work at St. Vincent’s Hospital in 1977.

She and her husband moved to Cairo, NY in 1985. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Cairo, and then a member in Palenville. Ellen enjoyed antiquing, restoring and decorating their home, and gardening. She was very talented and creative-fixing things around the house, painting, sewing, making many artistic crafts, and had a lovely soprano voice. Her vivacious personality and sense of humor will be lovingly remembered and sorely missed.

Ellen is survived by her husband, Arthur; three daughters, Elizabeth Johnson, Stacey Smith, and Leslie Keil, a son-in law Richard Keil; four grandchildren, Erich Keil, Maxwell Keil, Emily Smith, and Olivia Smith; three great-grandsons, as well as a great-granddaughter expected soon; and a niece, Jennifer (Naugle) Larson. She was predeceased by her brother, Alvin (Red) Naugle, and sister-in-law, Yvonne (Kinzel) Naugle of Castleton, Vt.

Family and friends may call at Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, NY on Friday, May 7 from 9:00 am - 11:30 am, followed by a Memorial Service at 11:30 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital, or Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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