MILLINOCKET and EDGEWATER, Fla. – Carol A. Johnson died April 7, 2009, after a long illness. She was born March 10, 1939, in Chicago, to Elizabeth Marie (Heck) and Joseph Szymczak. She graduated from Appleton High School, Appleton, Wis., in 1957. She married Robert C. Johnson, Feb. 13, 1960, in Appleton, Wis. They moved to Millinocket in February 1962. Through the years, she worked at Wisconsin Michigan Power Co., for Millinocket School Department, Reed’s Insurance and Millinocket Memorial Library. She also had her own business “Carol’s Catered Cookies.” She served as a volunteer for a number of years with Katahdin Area Support Group, a local grass-roots organization that provides information, counseling and support to families in the area with family members who were terminally ill or experiencing long-term illness. One of her proudest accomplishments was to be involved in the establishment of the annual Great Chocolate Escape, begun in 1989 as a fundraiser for that group, which had a terrific response from the public and continued for many years. Carol was an avid “pedaler” on her three-wheeled bicycle in Florida and her pedal boat at camp in Maine. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and was known as a great cook by all of her family and friends. She was so proud of her children and just as proud of the adults they grew into. Some of her happiest memories with them involve trips they took to Mount Desert Island, New Hampshire and New York when they were young. She is survived by her husband, Robert; three children, Wendy Johnson and her fianc?, Paul Baron, of Bangor, Jeff Johnson and his wife, Karen, of Lewiston and Karen Weavill and her husband, Andrew, of Rhode Island; four treasured, brilliant and beloved grandchildren, Caleb, Gabriel and Susan Johnson of Lewiston and a stepgrandson, Sam Johnson and Robbie Weavill of Providence, R.I. Carol is also survived by her very special sister, Laura Ward and her companion, Edward Nelson, of Madison, Wis. Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 14, at St. Peter the Fisherman Episcopal Church. There will also be a memorial service August 2009 in Millinocket. Memorial gifts may be made in Carol’s name to Lydia’s Mission, St. Peter the Fisherman Church, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Katahdin Area Support Group, 10 Field St., Millinocket, ME 04462, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 222, Millinocket, ME 04462, Millinocket Memorial Library, 5 Maine Ave., Millinocket, ME 04462 or Good Shepherd Food Bank, Lewiston. Send a condolence to the family at She left the following message for those she’s left behind, “Please don’t feel sad for me. By the time you read this, I will have seen my God face to face, and asked him some questions I’ve had for most of my adult life, like ‘Please explain the Trinity.’ You may feel sad for those I’ve left behind who grieve, but rejoice for me that I’ve reached my goal, and am living in eternal joy.”