Johnson Funeral Home was founded in 1928 by Perl Johnson. Perl, a Dexter native was licensed as an undertaker and embalmer in 1922 from Simmons School of Embalming and Mortuary Science of Syracuse after being in Vaudeville following World War I. He worked in the Watertown area until 1928 when the citizens of Dexter requested a funeral home.
Perl also started an ambulance service for Dexter, along with conducting and running the Dexter Citizens Band and several other bands in the area.
Robert C. Johnson
Robert C. Johnson, Perl's son, was licensed in 1954 as a Funeral Director from Simmons School of Embalming and Mortuary Science of Syracuse. He had worked with his father and served his apprenticeship prior to Embalming School. Robert took over the funeral home in 1955 due to Perl's failing health. Robert was also a well known musician in local bands
Richard W. Stevenson
Richard W. Stevenson, Robert's son-in-law, a Philadelphia NY native graduated from Indian River Central High in 1972. He attended Jefferson Community College in 1973 and graduated from Simmons School of Embalming and Mortuary Science of Syracuse in 1974. He was licensed in 1975 as a Funeral Director. Richard served his apprenticeship in Watertown at Cummings Funeral service where he also managed the Watertown home until 1979.
In 1979 joined Robert at the Johnson Funeral Home where he worked until 1990. In 1990 Richard bought the Johnson Funeral home from his father-in-law.
[Dick Stevenson and Cathy Pitkin]
Cathy J. Pitkin
Cathy is a native of Brownville, NY. She graduated from General Brown High School in 1985 and went on to attend Canton ATC where she received an Associates Degree in Mortuary Science.
Cathy worked her residency at Hart & Bruce Funeral Home in Watertown, NY and then worked there from 1986 to 1994. While employed there, she also managed Bruce Funeral Home in Black River, NY, a subsidiary of Hart & Bruce.
Cathy joined Johnson Funeral Home in 1995. Cathy and her family now reside in Brownville, NY.