Clara Johnston

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Clara May “Sissy” Johnston, 69, of O’Fallon, IL, born August 21, 1948, in East St. Louis, IL, died Friday, December 29, 2017, at Memorial Hospital East, Shiloh, IL.

Mrs. Johnston was a cashier for Schnucks on Carlyle Avenue in Belleville before her retirement.  She was loved and had many friends.  She had a lust for life that few have, and was always there for her family and friends.  She will be missed by one and all.

Clara was preceded in death by father, Clarence Engle; a sister, Patty J. Woolen; a brother, Thomas A. Engle; and a great-granddaughter, Kaylee James.

Surviving are her beloved husband and friend, Edward B. Johnston;
her precious loved granddaughter, Breanna James;
her loving mother, Virginia M. Engle, nee Stratton;
her loving son, Michael T. (Jennifer) James;
beloved grandson, Christopher M. (Amanda) James;
three great-grandchildren;
two brothers, Don (Barb) Engle, and Shorty (Lisa) Engle;
a sister, Cathy (Curtis) Bowen;
a sister-in-law, Rose Sifuentes;
and a brother-in-law, Frank Johnston.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. David Roderick officiating

Cremation Services will follow.


5 Comments on Clara Johnston

Cheri McLaughlin said : Guest Report Jan 05, 2018 at 3:15 AM

Ed, sorry for your loss. She was BEAUTIFUL inside and out. I so will miss our good mornings and good nights. R.I.P. BEAUTIFUL ANGEL, ?❤️?

  • Polk City
  • Iowa
Cheri McLaughlin said : Guest Report Jan 05, 2018 at 2:59 AM

Ed, I am so sorry for your loss. I looked forward every morning for her good morning, in the evenings her good nights. She's such a beautiful person inside and out. R.I.P. BEAUTIFUL ANGEL ❤️? Keep dancing in heaven

  • Polk City
  • Iowa
Al Engelken said : Guest Report Jan 03, 2018 at 6:13 PM

Mike, your Mom was a dear friend for many years and she will be missed

  • Florence
  • KY
Tina Ricciotti said : Guest Report Jan 03, 2018 at 6:06 PM

Ed, I am truly sorry for your loss. Please know you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I apologize for not being able to pay my respects.

  • Saint Louis
  • MO
Dale. Blaes said : Guest Report Jan 01, 2018 at 4:16 PM

Mike and family, my Condolence in the loss of your Mom. She was a friend and a very good person. R. I. P.

  • Marissa
  • IL

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