July 4, 2003 Aleta M. Johnson,
85, of Clay, died Friday at St. Joseph's Hospital. She was a
native of Jackson, MI, and a resident from 1954 to 1993 of New
Jersey until moving to Clay. She graduated from Eastern Michigan
University at Upsalanti in 1939. A veteran of WWII, Mrs. Johnson
flew B-25's with Women's Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). Of
25,000 applicants to the WASP organization, 1,830 were accepted
and 1,074 won their wings. She also belonged to the Central New
York Chapter of the 99's. She belonged to many quilting guilds
here and in New Jersey and was a member of the Plank Road
retired in 1984 after 20 years of teaching, Physical Education
at Jackson Michigan High School and sixth grade in Pemberton
Township School District, New Jersey. Mrs. Johnson is survived
by four daughters; Signe M. Johnson of
Hamilton, NJ, Lynne A. Johnson of Yorkeville, IL, Ingrid S.
Johnson of NY, NY and Allentown, NJ, Marta J. Kirby of Clay, NY
and seven grandchildren.
be Monday, July 7 at 8 p.m. at Fergerson Funeral Home, 215 South
Main Street, North Syracuse. Family will greet friends from 6 to
8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Roseland
Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Jackson, Michigan. Donations may be
made to the WASP Endowment, Texas Women's University, c/o Dawn
Letson, PO Box 23715, Denton, Texas 76204-1715.