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08/25/12 - NNHS Newsletter -
Catherine Newbill Johnston

Catherine Eileen Newbill Johnston
(d. 22 Aug 2012)

Newport News High School Class of 1951

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   There is still more sad news Saturday morning.  Catherine Newbill Johnston, Class of 1951, wife of Chuck Johnston (@ '51) of VA, passed away in Gloucester on Wednesday, August 22, 2012.

From the Daily Press - 08/25/12: 

                   Catherine Newbill Johnston


GLOUCESTER - On Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, Catherine Eileen Newbill Johnston, of Gloucester, recently of Mathews, entered the Church Triumphant.

Born in Newport News, Va., on Jan. 18, 1933, she was the daughter of Stephen Curtis Newbill and Olympia Miller Newbill. Catherine was a 1951 graduate of Newport News High School where she was a noted Thespian and member of the National Honor Society. There she met her husband, James (Chuck) Albert Johnston, who survives her. They were wed in August of 1952, celebrating 60 years of marriage this year.

She is survived by one sister, Esteva Newbill Sawyer and her husband, T. Paul Sawyer, of Hampton; daughter, Theresa J. Larsen and husband James, of Gloucester; daughter, Lisa. J. Machen and husband David, of Mathews; son, James A. Johnston and wife Pamela, of Toano; daughter, Holly J. Stallman and husband Thomas, of Gloucester; son Stephen A. Johnston, of Gloucester; and daughter, Joy J. McCormick and husband Michael, of Brewster, NY. Also celebrating her life are nine grandsons, two great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Although employed at different times by NACA, Trinity Lutheran Day School, and Newport News Shipbuilding, Catherine pursued interests in writing, drama, music, reading, gardening, and church activities. She felt her main calling was as helpmate and partner of Chuck and mother of six. She lived a life of loving and creative service to her family and community.

A service for the celebration of Catherine's life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, at Apostles Lutheran Church, Gloucester. A reception will be held following the service.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Apostles Lutheran Church, P. O. Box 1010, Gloucester, Va.

Hogg Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press from August 25 to August 27, 2012.
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August 25, 2012
Lisa and family,
Again so sorry for the loss of your mom. She has been through so much, I know it comforts you to know she is finally at peace. Praying for you all during this most difficult time.

~ Lynne Callis, Gwynn, Virginia

August 25, 2012
What a great loss to us all. My sister &
sister-in-law. We loved you.

~ Esteva & Paul Sawyer

August 25, 2012

  Thinking of you all. Remembering all the laughter in our youth (and popcorn Sundays!)with joy. And sadness now at the loss of your mother, wife, grandmother, and friend. Our thoughts are with you.
Liz, Mary & Ansell (Steve)

~ Liz (Hawkins) Barrows, Newport News, Virginia

August 26, 2012


   Our sincerest condolences are extended to the Johnston family.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

O Darkest Woe

Author: Unknown, 1628, Stanza 1
Stanzas 2-7 by Johann Rist (1607-1667), 1641
Translated by Catherine Winkworth (1829-1878), 1863

1. O darkest woe!
Ye tears, forth flow!
Has earth so sad a wonder?
God the Father's only Son
Now is buried yonder.

2. O sorrow dread!
God's Son is dead!
But by His expiation
Of our guilt upon the cross
Gained for us salvation.

3. O sinful man!
It was the ban
Of death on thee that brought Him
Down to suffer for thy sins
And such woe hath wrought Him.

4. Lo, stained with blood,
The Lamb of God,
The Bridegroom, lies before thee,
Pouring out His life that He
May life restore thee.

5. O Ground of faith,
Laid low in death.
Sweet lips. now silent sleeping!
Surely all that live must mourn
Here with bitter weeping.

6. Oh. blest shall be
Who oft in faith will ponder
Why the glorious Prince of Life
Should be buried yonder.

7. O Jesus blest,
My Help and Rest
With tears I now entreat Thee:
Make me love Thee to the last,
Till in heaven I greet Thee!

The Lutheran Hymnal
Hymn #167
Text: Acts 3:15
Titled: "O Traurigkeit, o Herzelei"d
Tune: "O Traurigkei"t
1st Published in: _Wuerzburger Gesangbuch_, 1628

"O Darkest Woe" - # 167 in the Lutheran Hymnal Online  - midi (arrangement by Rev. Richard Jordan) and lyrics
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