Gladys Johnson, age 96, of Barrington, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 4, 2015 at Pine Acres in DeKalb, IL. She was born on August 28, 1918 in Elgin, IL, to her loving parents, Frank and Amanda Ditter.

Gladys graduated from Elgin High School in 1937 and subsequently received her bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University. Gladys was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.  She married the love of her life, Richard “Dick” C. Johnson, on December 25, 1942 in Colorado, where Dick was stationed during WWII.  After WWII, Gladys and Dick moved to Barrington, IL, where they put down roots and raised their son, Richard William, “Bill”.  Gladys was a dedicated and enthusiastic elementary school teacher in Barrington, with a career spanning multiple decades.  After retiring in the early 1980’s, Gladys remained on the go, volunteering for many years at Catch Penny in Barrington and participating in numerous community organizations supporting the arts and local historical society.

Gladys was a fun, energetic person who loved to decorate and entertain, always going above and beyond to make holidays and get-togethers memorable occasions for her friends and loved ones.  Gladys also loved to travel and seek out new experiences.  She traveled throughout Europe multiple times and Russia.  Gladys also had a passion for collecting antiques and learning about history.

Gladys will be greatly missed by her granddaughters, Mary L. (Nick B. Dreher) Johnson and Ann M. Johnson.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Richard C. Johnson, son, Richard W. Johnson, and daughter-in-law, Connie L. Johnson.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, with services at 11:00 am Friday, April 10, 2015 at Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park St, Elgin. In Lieu of Flowers memorials may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation or your favorite charity in her name. For additional information call 847-741-1128 or visit

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