Anita D. Johnson

Smethport - Anita D. Johnson, 90, of Smethport, passed away Monday (November 14, 2022) at Lakeview Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Smethport.


She was born October 20, 1932 in Warren, PA, the daughter of Raymond Dickerson and Lorena (Schumann) Dickerson. On July 20, 1957, she married C. Russell Johnson, who passed away on May 27, 2016.


Anita graduated from Warren High School and attended Slippery Rock Teachers College with a health and physical education degree.  She then received her Master’s Degree from St. Bonaventure University.


She taught health and physical education for the Smethport High School.  She then moved on to being a guidance counselor at Smethport Area High School before her retirement.


Anita was faculty advisor for the “Varsity S” at Smethport High School, served on the Smethport School Board for 20 years, was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Red Hats, was president of the Women’s Bowling Association in Smethport, was a member of the Republican Women of McKean County and was a committee person with the Republican Party of McKean County.


Anita is survived by:

One brother:  Milton Dickerson of Jay, NY

And many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and close friends.


In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by five brothers: Raymond, Lloyd, Paul, Robert and Herbert Dickerson, and three sisters:  Lorena Dickerson, Joan Nosel and Sally Lampley


Visitation will be held on Thursday from 10-12 noon at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, where funeral and committal services will begin at noon with the Rev. Max Simms, pastor of the Hilltop Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport.


Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Hamlin Memorial Library of Smethport.  Online condolences may be made at


Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.


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