Obituary: Carol Johnson, 81, Beloved Mother, Wife Of The Late “Coach” Bill Johnson

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May 252020

Carol Casagrande Johnson, age 81, of Bethany, the beloved wife of 57 years to the late William Johnson, entered into eternal rest peacefully on Friday, May 22, 2020.

She was born in Derby on November 29, 1938, beloved daughter of the late Dr. John and Isabelle Goehl Casagrande. Carol was a 53 year resident of Bethany and a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in New Haven and Colby-Sawyer College of New Hampshire.

She worked in the Corporate Technology Department of Laticrete International of Bethany for many years. Carol’s life was devoted to her family and many friends. She often traveled to see her children in their sporting events, always arriving early and leaving late. Carol will be sadly missed but will remain forever in our hearts.

Her family includes her loving daughter Karen Marrone and her husband Al, her four caring sons Bill Johnson and his wife Eileen, Scott Johnson and his wife Elena, John Johnson and Craig Johnson, twelve cherished grandchildren Al Marrone and his wife Leah McIntosh, Jamie Marrone her husband Chris Gogan-Tilstone, Billy Marrone, Michael Marrone, Ashley Bernath and her husband Ryan, Bill Johnson, Brittany Johnson, Andy Johnson and his wife Serenity, Michael Johnson, Owen Johnson, Alexa Johnson and Ryan Johnson, beloved great-grandchild Lyla Ann Gogan-Tilstone, her dear brother Jim Casagrande and many loving nieces and nephews. Carol was predeceased by her brothers Tom Casagrande and Jack Casagrande.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, a private interment will be held at the family plot at St. Augustine Cemetery in Seymour with Father Christopher Ford of Our Lady of the Assumption Church officiating.

A Memorial Mass will be Celebrated for Carol at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Woodbridge at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Carol’s memory may be made to the William H. Johnson Scholarship Fund for Amity High School or the Connecticut Special Olympics, both through the funeral home.

The Miller-Ward Funeral Home of Seymour is compassionately caring for the family.
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Beloved Legendary Amity Football Coach Bill Johnson’s Funeral Service Information

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May 082018

Legendary Amity Football Coach Bill Johnson, Teacher Debbie Davis, Amity Athletic Director Paul Mengold, and honored Seymour timekeeper John Commune in this file photo from Sept. 11, 2013.

As many Amity residents now know, William “Bill” Johnson, the “legendary” Amity Football coach who led the Spartans through an undefeated season and the 1978 CIAC Class “LL” Football State Championship, passed away on Monday, May 7.

He leaves behind his wife, 4 sons and one daughter (all noted Amity athletes in their time (the 80s).

The Coach was honored at the Amity opening game on Sept. 11, 2013 with the naming of the William Johnson Football Field.

He was inducted into the Amity Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame in June 2014.

The wake for Coach Johnson will take place on Thursday, May 10, at Miller-Ward in Seymour from 4-7 p.m.

His funeral service will take place at the Church of the Assumption in Woodbridge on Friday, May 11, at 10 a.m.

Loved by all

Looking back on 2013 when I met coach Johnson and many members of his championship team, I can say with confidence that he was loved and respected.

The Captains of that winning team were Rich Lina, Rick Delbuono, and Joe Margolis. They were undefeated with one tie against Derby.

They have the honor of being a part of the schools only football state championship team.

Young Eddie Choiniere was just a freshman and didn’t get much if any, time on the field. He recalls playing with coach Johnson’s sons Scott and Bill.

He remembers the coach as a great family man and a super person.

”What a great guy,” he said. “We all loved him. You won’t find a better person than him.”

He added that all of the Johnson kids were great athletes: Scott, Bill, Craig, John, and Karen all had been blessed with a wonderful father – a great role model. “He will be sorely missed.”