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Obituary: Martin Johnson

Martin Johnson, age 72, of Brillion, passed away on Monday, May 29, 2023 at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, Green Bay, under hospice care.

Martin was born on October 27, 1950 in Minneapolis, MN, son of the late Marion and Maybelle (Reed) Johnson. He served in the United States Marines during the Vietnam era. On May 9, 1987 he married Maxine Charney at Sister Bay Moravian Church in Sister Bay. Martin drove truck for 24 years before moving to Brillion with Maxine when they bought Rudy’s Café. He was a member of the American Legion Post 126 of Brillion.

Survivors include his wife: Maxine; two daughters from a previous marriage: Jewelz and Michelle, both of Minneapolis, MN; three grandsons: Matthew, Matrik and William; one great granddaughter; four sisters: Mary Ann Golden, MN, Sherry Johnson, CA, Micki Davies, TX, Gladys Coleman, MN; one brother: Mark Johnson, MN; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Lynn & Sue Charney, Sally & Pete Murphy, Jim Charney and Julie Nelson, all of Door County. Too many to name but nieces and nephews on the Charney side that called him “Uncle Stick in the Mud” and he will be missed by them all. On the Johnson side he is survived by two nieces: Candy and Angelina and two nephews: Tony and D’Angelo; and many great nieces and great nephews also survive.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law: Ralph and Mae Charney.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, June 12, 2023 at the Pielhop Wieting Funeral Home, Brillion. Officiating at the service will be the Rev. Dr. Marc Axelrod. Military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post 126 of Brillion.

The family will greet relatives and friends on Monday, June 12, 2023 from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service at 4:00 p.m.

Online condolence may be made.

The family wishes to thank the Brillion EMTs, Brillion Police Department, and the doctors and nurses at Aurora, especially Aurora hospice, for all the care shown to Martin over the years. Also, a special thank you to his nephew Robbie who helped Martin tremendously over the past few years.

Also, a whole hearted thank you to all the employees, current and past, of Rudy’s Café for all their help during Martin’s health issues. And thank you to the staff of Pielhop Wieting Funeral Home for all their assistance at this time.


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