Gazlay Family History

FamilyIrene Helena Johnston


FatherWilliam George Johnston ( - )
MotherMary Matilda Eagleson ( - )

Personal Information

Record Created: 6 March 2010; Last Edited: 6 March 2010 
NameIrene Helena Johnston
Born 28 January 1907 in Corrine, Saskatchewan, Canada1, 2
Married 25 June 1933 in Presbyterian Memorial Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to John Philp ‘Johnnie’ Patterson1
Married 19 September 1982 to Hobart M. Reese1
Died 31 July 2005 in Lake Worth, Florida2


Irene and her brother Edward Johnston (wife of Ida V. Patterson) were from a large family in Canada. Their parents owned wheat farms in the Milestone, Saskatchewan, area. As a child, Irene was active in church groups and Canadian Girls in Training, similar to the Girl Scouts in the United States. She graduated from Milestone High School in 1926, and she immigrated to the United States on 31 October 1927. Irene attended Drakes Secretarial School in New Jersey, and before her marriage to Johnnie she worked for Penn State College. For 22 years, she worked as a stenographer and clerical worker for Disbrow Manufacturing Co., Newark (and later East Orange), New Jersey. Irene enjoyed sewing, cooking, reading and sports, and she did volunteer work for the American Lung Association. She lived in Lake Worth, Florida near her two sisters-in-law, Ida V. (Patterson) Johnston and Effie (Patterson) Steffen.1


Spouse 1FamilyJohn Philp ‘Johnnie’ Patterson (son of John Philp Patterson and Ida May Hauch)
Born 26 January 1903 in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey
Married 25 June 1933 in Presbyterian Memorial Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Irene Helena Johnston
Died 8 December 1978 in Lake Worth, Florida
Spouse 2FamilyHobart M. Reese
Born 21 September 1901
Married 19 September 1982 to Irene Helena (née Johnston) Patterson
Died 28 June 1988 in Lake Worth, Florida


  1. Record of visit with Ida V. (Patterson) Johnston at her Florida home in 1996 by Lee Gazlay.
  2. Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Rootsweb (website). Irene H. Patterson, no. 137-03-2712