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Monday, July 29, 2013



Gertrude H. Johnson Mero, 85, of Hartford, was welcomed into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior on Tuesday (July 23, 2013) while surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Denmark, SC on Sept. 6, 1927, daughter of the late Martin William Hayes and Arie Mae (Anderson) Hayes, and spent her early years in Trenton, NJ. Gertrude came to Hartford in the 1940s and married Wilfred Xavier Johnson, Sr. in 1947. Along with her late husband, the Honorable Wilfred X. Johnson Sr., Gertrude was also active in city politics. She fervently believed in promoting equality and empowerment in the City of Hartford and worked diligently toward that end. A long time employee of the State of Connecticut Department of Human Resources, Gertrude served as an Executive Administrative Liaison to three Democrat administrations. Her memory is forever cherished and alive in her children, Dawn Hayes Oduor of East Haven, Winifred Jean Johnson of Tortola B.V.I., Wilfred Xavier Johnson, Jr. of Hartford, Jeffrey Paul Johnson of Hartford, and Sara Lynn Johnson-Davis and her husband Charles of West Hartford; four grandchildren, Reeve Johnson, Evan McDuffie, Amasai Oduor, and Trude Davis; one great-grandson, Reeve Carter Johnson; and three sisters-in-law, Willie Jane Furlow, Lottie Johnson, and Phyllis Johnson. She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, church family, and dear friends. In addition to her late husband Wilfred, Gertrude was predeceased by her husband, Robert V. Mero; and five siblings, Rose Brown, Calvin Brown, Sr., Sarah B. Kelley, Theodore Hayes, and John Martin Hayes. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 30 at Faith Congregational Church, 2030 Main Street in Hartford with private burial held at the convenience of the family. Calling hours will be held on Monday, July 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Faith Congregational Church and Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. prior to the funeral. In lieu of flowers, friends are encouraged to make memorial donations to the if (!aa) var aa = { iframes : new Array(), random : function() { return Math.round(Math.random() * 10000000000); }, pageNum : Math.round(Math.random() * 10000000000), refresh : function(iframeId) { if (typeof(iframeId) != 'undefined') { var iframe = document.getElementById(iframeId); if (iframe) iframe.src = iframe.src.replace(/misc=[0-9]+/, 'misc=' + this.random()); } else { for (var i in this.iframes) this.refresh(this.iframes[i]); } } }; //no AJAX refresh for inline ads aa.adServer = ''; = '' + '/3.0' + '/5306.1' + '/1400071' + '/0' + '/-1/size=30x1' + '/adtech;' + 'alias=legacy.hartfordcourant.lifestory.30x1.1.1;' + 'target=_blank;' + 'key=' + escape('NKF') + ';' + 'kvopenextapp=' + escape('1') +';' + 'kvcobrand=' + escape('hartfordcourant') +';' + 'kvpersonid=' + escape('166047592') +';' + 'sub1=' + escape('National Kidney Foundation') + ';' + 'sub2=' + escape('') + ';' ; if (typeof aa !== 'undefined' && typeof aa.kvscreenwidth !== 'undefined') += 'kvscreenwidth=' + escape(aa.kvscreenwidth()) + ';'; if (typeof aa !== 'undefined' && typeof aa.criteo !== 'undefined') += aa.criteo; aa.src = aa.adServer + 'addyn' + + 'grp=' + aa.pageNum +';misc=' + aa.random(); document.write(""); document.write(""); National Kidney Foundation / Connecticut Chapter, 1463 Highland Avenue, Cheshire, CT 06410-1216. To send notes of condolence to her family, please visit

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