The Reverend Emmett B. Johnson

The Reverend Emmett B. Johnson


Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Rev. Emmett B. Johnson, 94, who died peacefully on Sunday, March 8, 2020.

Emmett was born in West New York, NJ in 1925. He was a long time resident of Waldwick, NJ. He enjoyed a successful business career, a political career that included serving as mayor of Waldwick, and then went on to be ordained as a pastor in the United Methodist Church.

Rev. Johnson served in the New York Conference from 1978 until his retirement in 1991. Churches he pastored in New York include: New Milford-Edenville UMC; St Mark’s UMC in Napanoch and Ulster Heights UMC in Ellenville; and First UMC and Lloyd UMC in Highland. He then served another 10 years after retirement, pastoring Fort Montgomery UMC.

Emmett is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Elizabeth L. Johnson. His wife is also a retired pastor who served in the New York Conference. In addition to his wife, Emmett is survived by three daughters: Linda E. Hopson and her husband, David; Leslie A. Straub and her husband, Anton; and Jennifer S. Beekman and her husband, David. Emmett was the cherished grandfather of 13 grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter Susan L. Johnson and two grandsons, Seth and Joshua Wasberg.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 13, 2020 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm at the Vander Plaat Funeral Home, 257 Godwin Ave, Wyckoff, NJ 07481. The funeral service will be Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 10:00 am at Waldwick United Methodist Church, 25 Franklin Turnpike, Waldwick, NJ. Interment will follow at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Emmett’s memory may be made to Waldwick United Methodist Church, 25 Franklin Turnpike, Waldwick, NJ, 07463.