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Heather R. Johnson, 44, of Midland, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on August 7, 2020. She was born on April 14, 1976 to Paul Duso and Rebecca Cox Bennett. On May 20, 2005 she married Brad Johnson, the perfect guy for her and they shared 15 wonderful years together.


Heather was graduate of HH Dow High School in 1994, Grand Valley State University in 1998 where she earned her bachelors as a paralegal, and Wayne State University where in 2011 she earned her masters in Library Science. Heather worked for A & R Transport in St. Clair.


Heather loved craft shows, the Farmers Market, traveling especially to Mackinac Island, Frankenmuth and road trips in general. She enjoyed fancy hotels especially the Grand Hotel in Mackinac. Heather always made it a point to shop local whether in Midland or Port Huron. She also enjoyed reading, crocheting, New Kids on the Block, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Wonder Women and special time with Cecilia. Heather loved rescue pets and had several over the years. Heather had a very vibrant personality. Her kindness and generosity were literally felt around the world due to her endless crusade to give to others even when she herself was battling chronic lymphocytic leukemia for the past 6 years.


Heather is survived by her husband, Brad, well-dressed puppy, constant companion, her Coco Chanel, mother, Rebecca Cox Bennett, father, Paul (Kagey) Duso, siblings, Gina Brienne (Scott) Vondrachek, Anneliese, May (Tom) Sudia, Darren Pfruender, Allan Duso, Emily (John) Barrett, Christian Gary. In-laws, Dwayne and Lori Johnson, Lisa (Tim) Peckat, Brian (Ann) Johnson, nieces and nephews, Cecilia and Henry May, Chase Schmidt, Grayson Sudia, Austin and Riley Vondrachek, Kyra (Shawn) Larson, Aaron (Emily) Ziehmer, Chase and Travis Johnson, goddaughter Laura Murr and several aunts, uncles, cousins, great nieces and nephews.


She was predeceased by her brother Kyle Robert Smith (Munchie). Grandparents, Grammy & Papa Cox (Robert and Wanda), Grandma and Grandpa Duso (Helen and Vernon).


A funeral service will be held at 12:00 pm on Friday, August 14, 2020 at Smith-Miner Funeral Home with her uncle Deacon Robert L. Cox officiating. Friends may visit with the family on Friday at the funeral home from 10 am until the time of service. Burial will take place at Midland Memorial Gardens.


Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the St. Clair County Humane Society, Remember Betty, and CLL Society.


Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Johnson family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.


Condolence Messages

  1. Lynn Heitkamp

    15 August 2020 1 year ago

    I am so sorry to hear of Heather’s passing. We met when we worked in the same office building in Saginaw and stayed in touch for a long time. She was always a good friend to me and I regret not keeping in closer contact the last few years. Thinking of all of you at this time.

  2. Gail Westphal

    14 August 2020 1 year ago

    I also work for A&R and had the pleasure of meeting Heather (and Coco) at work when I was at the St. Clair location for a work related project. I enjoyed her bubbly personality and learning that she was from Midland as well. I was saddened to read of her passing and send my condolences to her husband and family.

  3. Erin (Haddix) Broestl

    11 August 2020 1 year ago

    Heather and I born on the same day in Midland Hospital! She always called me her “hospital twin.” She was a gift giver from the heart, and I am so thankful that we were able to renew our friendship here before the end. Our kids loved playing with Coco, and all of the things she generously gave, including her time. We had a blast at The Jubilee Museum last year, listening to the pipe organ and admiring the medieval vestments and coin collection. She gave me so much, and I hope that my gift of surrounding her with smiles was encouraging. Much love to all of you at this time and forever!

  4. Kathleen Bronz

    10 August 2020 1 year ago

    Seeing Heather’s name on the TV 5 news this evening was so sad. I knew Heather in Saginaw from St John Vianney church. She was so sweet and I loved her smile which I see from the picture she didn’t loose over the years. Please accept my sincere sympathy at this sad time. We had lost contact but I never forgot her, how could you! My prayers for Brad and all the family.

  5. Robin and Greg Rauner

    10 August 2020 1 year ago

    I’m sooo sorry Beckie, paul, Kagey, Emily, Allan, Gina and family🙏❤️! My heart goes out to you all at this very difficult time. Hugs and prayers to you🙏🙏🙏🙏❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  6. Heather Powell

    10 August 2020 1 year ago

    Becky and Family, my heart is broken over the sudden passing Heather, I was very blessed to know her and for her and I to share the same name. Not everyone gets someone named after them and Heather has always held a special place on my heart. You and your kids are family to me and my family. If you need anything please let us know and we will do whatever we can from Missouri. Brad, Becky, Gina, Anneliese, Darren, and Christian you are all loved very much

  7. Lisa Peckat

    10 August 2020 1 year ago

    Brad I love you so much and I am so sorry..you are my baby brother and I love you to the moon and back…Heather will always be remembered and she was a great sister-in-law….will miss you dearly

  8. Gemma lamsdale

    10 August 2020 1 year ago

    I’m so sorry I cannot attend heathers funeral. I will be sending a gift from the UK shortly and hopefully someone can put it down for us. Heather was a lovely, caring and thoughtful woman. We had endless conversations for almost 13 years and she will be sadly missed by us. For years we have spoke about meeting and decided we wanted to make this happen before my youngest twins 5th birthday which will be next year. I am deeply saddened that We never got to meet such an exceptional lady. She has fought so much and we couldn’t of been any prouder of what she has overcome. I am still in utter shock and can’t believe it. All our love and thoughts to Brad and family, from the Lamsdale’s in the U.K. xxx

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