Mary Jane (Johnson) Brandenburg

February 1, 1939 ~ May 14, 2019 (age 80) 80 Years Old


     Mary Jane Johnson Brandenburg, 80, of Portsmouth, passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at
SOMC Hospice in Portsmouth. She and her twin Martha were born on February 1, 1939 in
Lucasville to the late Hobert and Myrtle (Snyder) Johnson. Mary was also preceded in death by
her husband, Army veteran Russell “Fred” Brandenburg whom she married on Feb 18, 1966 in
Wheelersburg, three brothers: Junior, Hubert, and Elwood, and five sisters: Juanita, Evelyn,
Delores, Bertha, and her beloved twin Martha. The Johnson Sisters, Mary, Martha, and younger
sister Helen were proud Valley High School Indians, class of 1958. Mary worked for Williams
Shoe Manufacturing Company, and she retired from a long career in the Kmart Cafeteria. She
was a well-recognized smiling face along every walking path in Portsmouth and a regular at the
LIFE Center for decades. A proud Portsmouth citizen, Mary spent much of her time volunteering
at city events, the community garden, the election polls, and she was present for the successful
Plant Portsmouth Guinness World Record event. Mary was an active member of many social
clubs including the Golden Bears, the Red Hats Society, and several card clubs where she had a
notoriously lucky reputation. She loved her friends and her family unconditionally, and she was a
proud mother, doting grandmother, loyal sister, the fun aunt, and a lifelong friend to all.
     Mary is survived by her daughter Kathy (Dan) Gemperline of York, PA, her twins; daughter
Karen Brandenburg, of Colorado Springs, CO, and son Keith (Allison Vanvlake) Brandenburg of
Georgetown, SC; 3 granddaughters, Danielle Gemperline of York, PA, Katie (Randy) Cochran
of Portsmouth, OH and Kristyn Brandenburg of Athens, OH; two great grandsons, Axl and
Gotham Cochran, one sister, Helen Entler of Rosemount, and many cherished nieces and
     Funeral services will be held at 1pm, on Friday, May 17, 2019 at the Christ Community Church
in Portsmouth, with Pastor Ralph Clay officiating and interment to follow at Friendship
Cemetery, in Friendship, Oh. The family will receive friends from 11am until the funeral hour on
Friday. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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May 17, 2019

11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Christ Community Church (Portsmouth)

Funeral Service
May 17, 2019

1:00 PM
Christ Community Church (Portsmouth)


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