Hope Ann Marino Johnson, 64, a resident of Berwick, passed away peacefully on January 14, 2022 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.
Hope was born on May 28, 1957 in Franklin, the daughter of Charles J. Marino Sr. and Esther Landry Marino.
For over 40 years she was the owner and operator of Dance World, teaching thousands of kids dance. Her dance students adored her, and throughout her years, she taught future doctors, teachers, lawyers, and leaders in the community. Hope loved her community and over the years, she was very gracious with her time, having her dance students perform at Mardi Gras Balls, nursing homes and other community events. She worked at Vida Paint and Supply for over 20 years. Hope was a devout Catholic who loved participating in St. Joseph Altars every year. She was extremely proud of her Sicilian heritage traveling back to Corleone, Sicily, where her grandparents were from, to visit with family and learn of her heritage. When she wasn’t working or always on the go, she loved sitting down to spend time with her family and friends, but the time she cherished the most was the time spent with her daughters and grandchildren.
She will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her husband M. David Johnson of Berwick; two daughters, Mallory Johnson Fuhrer and fiancé Danny Paul Bergeron II of Prairieville and Paige Johnson Dufrene and husband Robert “Bobby” of Morgan City; two grandchildren, Blakely Fuhrer and Miller Fuhrer; two brothers, Charles J. Marino Jr. and wife Felicia of York, Pennsylvania and Johnny A. Marino and wife Ellen of Mandeville.
Hope was preceded in death by her parents.
The family would like to thank Brownie Taylor, Judy Lane, Donna Jewett, Dallas Gallegos, Joan Simon, the Bourgeois family and Bill New and family for their help in providing comfort and care to Hope and our family, as well as other family and friends who have provided meals during this difficult time.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Bobby Dufrene, Danny Bergeron II, Michael Johnson, Johnny Marino, Charles Marino, Gerard Bourgeois, Barry Dufrene, and Kevin Marino.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Jay Baker celebrating Mass. A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the church and following Mass, Hope will be laid to rest in the Morgan City Cemetery Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Hope M. Johnson Memorial Fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana. Please make checks payable to Community Foundation of Acadiana (Memo: Hope M. Johnson Fund) and mail to P.O. Box 647, Berwick, LA 70342).
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