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Olof C. Johnson obituary

contributed by Tonya Frickey

Rev. Olof C. Johnson

     The Rev. Olof C. Johnson, 90, of Central Bridge, Schoharie County, the brother of a Northville resident, died Sunday (February 20, 2000) at home.
     He was born on Feb. 28, 1909 in Gloversville, the son of Olof and Lula Johnson. Rev. Johnson lived in Castleton, Vt. before he moved to Central Bridge in 1963. He was a 1928 graduate of Syracuse Business College; a 1934 graduate of Gordon College of Theology; and a 1942 graduate of Andover Newton. He was ordained in the Troy Conference in 1942.
     He served as a minister from 1937 to 1997 at the following churches: North Shrewsbury Baptist Church, Cuttingsville Methodist Church, Pittsfield Congregational Church, Stockbridge Church, Gaysville Church, Castleton Federated Church, Mendon Methodist Church and East Hubbarton Baptist Church, all in Vermont.
     Rev. Johnson served the area as pastor of the United Methodist Church of Barnerville, Central Bridge and Grosvenors Corners. He later served as pastor of Duanesburg-Florida Baptist Church and Broome Center Chapel Church.
     He was a 4-H leader in Rutland County from 1938 until 1996. For more than 50 years, he attended the Rutland County Fair and operated a lunch counter during Labor Day week. He was a member of the Castleton and Central Bridge volunteer fire departments; the Schoharie County Voluntary Fireman's Association, the Fire Advisory Board and the Tri-County Volunteer Fireman's Association. He served on the Schoharie County Board of Assessment Review for many years.
     He was a member of Mount Moriah Masonic Lodge, Wallingford, Vt.; a past chaplain of Cairo Temple of Rutland, Vt., and a grand prelate in the Grand Commandery of Vermont.
     He was a chaplain of many organizations, including the New York State Police Benevolent Association, Northeast Police Conference and the Police Conference of New York, as well as the Capital District New York State Police. He was chairman of the Schoharie Recreational Committee and was instrumental in revitalization of the Schoharie Village swimming pool.
     On June 7, 1942, he married the former Elizabeth Hager, who died on Feb. 17, 1986.
     Survivors include four sons, Olof Johnson of Concord, Mass., Andy Johnson of South Burlington, Vt., John Johnson of Addison, Texas and Eric Johnson of Central Bridge; two sisters, Ester Langworthy of Niskayuna and Ruth Gifford of Northville; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
     A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. March 5 at Central Bridge United Methodist Church, Church Street. A memorial service will also be conducted in Castleton, Vt., at a later date. Rev. Johnson made an anatomical gift to Albany Medical College. Burial will take place at a later date in South Deerfield, Mass. Arrangements are by Langan Funeral Home of Central Bridge and Schoharie.

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