Valerie Ida Johnson (née Wheatley) passed away at Lakeland Long Term Care in Parry Sound on Sunday July 30th, 2023, surrounded by her family. Age 76 years.

Beloved wife of Mike Johnson for 57 years. Loving mother of Debbie Johnson, Janice Groves (Rob), Trudy Higgins (Sean). Cherished ‘Grama’ of Michael, Jordynn, Taylor, Tyler and Shane. Daughter of the late Bertha Pawis and Donald Wheatley, and ‘Mother Chamberlain’. Dear sister of Sandra King (Ernie), Clarence Wheatley (Elizabeth) the late Cecil (Louise), Lorne (Audrey) Sidney “Mack”, Violet, George “Sock”, Robert “Bob”, Lila, Betty-Ann, Garth, Donald and Reggie. Sister-in-law to Anthony “Tony” Margaret “Maggie”, and the late Barbara, John and Isadore “Izzy”. Val will be missed and fondly remembered by her many nieces, nephews, friends, and fur babies.

Valerie was born in Parry Sound and moved to the Greater Toronto Area. She was a very dedicated and hard-working woman with a strong work ethic. Valerie worked at The Region of Peel, and at the Shawanaga First Nation Band Office. Upon retiring as Executive secretary/membership clerk she still enjoyed volunteering on her First Nation where she lived.

In her youth, Valerie played baseball, volleyball and sang in the choir. In her later years, Valerie loved spending time with her family and her pets, reading, swimming, playing board games, and bowling. She also enjoyed shopping, movies and her favourite TV shows.

Rest in Peace dear Mother/Grama. You are now reunited with your soulmate of 57 years, for eternity. You were adored and you will be missed every day. Until we meet again.

Friends and family will be received at the Logan Funeral Home (705-746-5855), 81 James Street, Parry Sound, on Wednesday, August 9th from 12:30 – 1:30 P.M.

A Service in Celebration of Valerie’s Life will take place in the Logan Memorial Chapel on her birthday, Wednesday, August 9th at 1:30 P.M., with reception and food to follow.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to Alzheimer Society Muskoka would be appreciated.


My condolences to her family. Val will always be remembered by me as a good friend and co-worker from the Shawanaga Administration Office.

-Janet Nichols

My sincere condolences for your family’s profound loss. May she rest in peace.

-Kathleen Emmans

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you in this difficult time. My dear friend Trudy, you are a shinning light, you have been a wonderful daughter doing everything for your mother in these last few years of her life!! I look up to you for so much dealing with this disease is very difficult and you should be proud to hold your head high and remember what a wonderful job you did!! Condolences to the family, thinking of you all!!

-Yvette La Rose

We are so saddened by this news, and are so grateful to have had Val as part of our family. We have many great memories. Love you all

-Marlene, Les, Tracey & Brandon Brown

Being Debbie’s childhood friend all always remember the laughs at the Johnson house! Remember the good times and all the love ❤️

-Linda Babin

My heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of Mrs. Johnson. I had the great pleasure of getting to know her back in Bramalea during the late 70's and 80s as the mum of our school friends Debbie, Janice and Trudy. I always remember her with a smile on her face. May she rest easy as she rejoins Mr. Johnson. 🕊️ Thank you for the memories and sharing your children with us ❣️

-Fiona Docherty

My heart goes out to you and your family. Keeping you in my thought and prayers.

-Terry-Lynn Traina

I was so very sorry to hear of this! My condolences! She was a lovely woman and always greeted me and had a kind word whenever I saw her at the reserve.


“I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing your mom, but I’m sure she was a special person because she raised an amazing human being, you Trudy! Wishing you and your family peace and comfort during this unimaginable time.” Sending Love, The Grenier Family

-Tony Grenier

Its so sad to hear about the passing of Mrs. Johnson my best friend Janice's mother. I have many fond memories of Mrs. Johnson who I met at only twelve yrs old with my favorite memories of course being as we grew older and would spend Friday and Saturday nights sitting around the kitchen table talking and singing to the greatest country songs till the wee hours of the morning. Those times many yrs ago now were the best times in my life so Thanks VAL for all the songs and laughs and of course the lectures and advice. You welcomed me into your home and treated me like one of your own daughters and for that I thank you. Rest In Peace Mrs. Johnson XOXOXO

-Catherine Healy

I am so very sorry for your loss and my heart is there with you all. I will never forget the first time I met Auntie Val. Despite never having met this crazy American girl her nephew decided to devote his life to, she welcomed me with loving, open arms into her home like I had always been family. She had the most contagious smile and immediately made me feel at ease. She was loved by so many beyond measure and will be missed terribly. Sending hugs and much love to you all . . .

-Jennifer Wheatley

My deepest condolences Janice, Trudy, Debbie and families. Val was such a wonderful person and I know you all have some special memories to remember her by. Thinking of all of you during this sad time.

-Jeanette Greyerbiehl

I'm truly sorry to hear about your mom's passing. I hope you're finding peace and holding onto the beautiful memories.

-James Frost