May 14, 1947 – February 6, 2022
Mother, Grandmother, Sister, and Friend
Paulina “Pauli” Johnson moved to the United States with her parents when she was 3 years old from the Netherlands. She grew up and attended Alhambra High School in Martinez, CA.
After graduation she moved on to San Jose State University where she earned her teaching degree. After graduating she moved to Turlock, CA where she began her life and teaching career.
She then met her true love, Verner Johnson. They married in 1975 and shortly after they began their family. Together they had two children. Later they would become grandparents. She retired from teaching in 2004, but still spent time in the classroom volunteering in her grandchildren’s classes. Paulina also attended and volunteered at her church, Sacred Heart. She devoted her life to her family and her students.
She is survived by her sister Joann de Graef-Tool, brother Tim de Graef, daughter Tiffanie Johnson, son Justin Johnson, daughter-in-law Cindy Johnson, and grandchildren Andrew, Zachery, Travis, and Olivia Johnson.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 16, from 10am to Noon at Allen Mortuary, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 1:00pm at Sacred Heart Church, Turlock. Entombment will follow at Turlock Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1301 Cooper Ave. Turlock, CA 95380.
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Marsha saysAugust 3, 2022 at 6:39 am
Dear Paulina, fondly remembered here in England. She was my pen friend of 22 years. I miss our regular online chats and emails – even over such a long distance we had a close friendship. I often think of things she would enjoy hearing about and wish I could share with her. She was very kind and loyal and is much missed.
Roberta Runner saysFebruary 16, 2022 at 5:12 pm
Paulina was a special friend and colleague. Over the years we shared many laughs and good times. We kept in touch for birthdays, and special happenings. Her life’s devotion to her family and students serve as a model for others.. I will miss her and her friendly smile. My sympathy goes to her beloved children, Tiffanie, Justin and his family..
Barbara Patman saysFebruary 13, 2022 at 5:20 pm
A wonderful teacher, parent, and grandparent, Paulina always had her family, her students, and church as her priorities. She was a great example for all of us. We will miss her.
Tiffanie Johnson saysFebruary 12, 2022 at 4:54 am
I will miss everything about you mom! You are my angel! I love you forever!
Pamela Traylor saysFebruary 12, 2022 at 3:12 am
Paulina was my Aunt and good friend, she was always concerned about everyone, her kindness and generosity and family were her main focus. She always talked about her children and how they were doing and how proud she was of them. She will be missed by so many that she has helped and touched their hearts.
Jim and Carol McRoberts saysFebruary 11, 2022 at 3:33 pm
Paulina was our neighbor for years and we got to watch her children grow up. She was always friendly and willing to the keep an eye on the neighborhood when we were gone on our travel.
She will be greatly missed.
Lisa Fiorini Avrett saysFebruary 10, 2022 at 8:34 pm
Memories of Paulina at family gatherings, such a wonderful person. She loved her grandchildren so much. She will be missed!