Jacquelyn Fern Rossall Johnson passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania at the age of 73 on December 27, 2018, after suffering a stroke at her home in Red Hill, Pennsylvania during the previous week.
Jacquelyn was born on June 28, 1945 in Akron, Ohio to Chauncey Newkirk Rossall and Mae LaVonne Kohler Rossall, and baptized into the Congregational Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio on February 16, 1947. She was a 1963 graduate of Overbrook High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She earned an associates degree in arts and sciences from Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, New York in 1980.
In 1964 while living and working in Philadelphia Jacquelyn met her husband Jeffrey Johnson of Bradford, Pennsylvania, who was then attending Drexel University. Jacquelyn and Jeff were married at the Bradford Methodist Church in September of 1966. They raised their two sons in Canandaigua, where Jacquelyn lived most of her life.
Jacquelyn was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her eldest son Newkirk Johnson of Warren, Pennsylvania; son Chad Johnson (wife Amanda) of El Cerrito, California; sister Adrienne DeVeber (husband Steve) of Wilmington, Delaware; sister Kathryn Rossall of Trumbauersville, Pennsylvania; granddaughter Leah Johnson of El Cerrito; niece Lauren DeVeber of Wilmington; and niece Susan Heitz of Wilmington.
An animal lover, most of Jacquelyn’s career was spent in the veterinary field, working at three different veterinary hospitals in the Canandaigua area through the years. She enjoyed hiking, swimming, sailing, cross-country skiing, gardening, playing Scrabble, and – especially – training dogs. Her favorite breed was the Shetland sheepdog. The sport of dog agility became her passion. Jacquelyn was accomplished and renowned in dog agility not only as a competitor, but also as a professional trainer. Her beloved champion Sheltie “Denver” (1999-2014) was likewise well-known and loved in the dog agility community.
Jacquelyn’s wish was to be cremated. The family will hold a service honoring her life during the summer of 2019. She will be laid to rest near her father at Willow Dale Cemetery in Bradford, Pennsylvania. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Friends of Allegheny Wilderness in Warren, Pennsylvania would be appreciated.Print Obituary & Condolences