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Helen Catherine Gura

  • Helen Catherine (Gura) Johnson b:December 25, 1916  d:December 8, 2010
  • Spouse: Paul V. Johnson b: mm/dd/yyyy  d: 1/??/1987
  • Married: July 12, 1956
  • Donald Victor Johnson
  • Thomas Bufford Johnson
  • Norma Jeanne (Johnson) Eastop


BOARDMAN – Helen C. Johnson, 93, formerly of Lowellville, died 12/08/2010 on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception at Shepherd of the Valley in Boardman.

Helen was born on Christmas Day in 1916 in Struthers, a daughter of John and Anna Lucas Gura. She was raised in Struthers and moved to Lowellville in 1956.

Helen worked in accounts receivable at Prentice Hall Book Publishing Company in New York City and later in the billing department for Automatic Sprinkler Corp., in Youngstown.

An active member of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church in Lowellville, Helen served as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, and Sacristan. She also served on Parish Council and was a member of the Holy Rosary Ladies Guild and the Cursillo Movement.

Her husband, Paul V. Johnson, whom she married July 12, 1956, died January of 1987.

She leaves one daughter, Jeanne (Richard) Eastop of Toledo; two sons, Donald Johnson of Waverly, N.Y. and Thomas Johnson of Slidell, La.; five sisters, Regina Graygo of Struthers, Ann Marie Fabilli of The Villages, Fla., Monica Gura and Marian Gura, both of Newton, Mass. and Kathleen (Dean) Montgomery of Canton; one brother, James A. (Joan) Gura of Ennis, Texas; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents and husband, Helen was preceded in death by two sisters, Felicitas Luke and Julia Gura; and five brothers, Emil, John, Peter, Lawrence, and Norman Gura.

Helen was a remarkable woman. She was strong and compassionate, and will be remembered for her deep dedication and true love to her husband Paul. She was a woman of great faith, was very disciplined, and felt strongly about bringing others to the word of God. Helen’s no-nonsense love was strong and respectful of others, always seeking to bring out the best in everyone. Her door was always open to family, friends, neighbors and those in need.