August 2, 2011
Kansas- Carlotte Nancy Bicknell, wife, mother, grandmother and nurse, died on August 2, 2011 of pancreatic cancer. She was 79. Charlotte was born in Meriden, CT where she grew up with her two sisters, Jane and Phyllis. She completed her Registered Nurse training at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1951. She formally practiced nursing on and off for over 20 years, and informally on many family members for 50 years. Charlotte married the love of her life, Thomas (Tom) Clifford Johnson on June 21, 1952. They enjoyed raising six children and spoiling five grandchildren. Her children have established their lives throughout the country, Lynn (Lynnea) and her husband Rick reside in Michigan; Dana (Aldana) is in Massachusetts with her partner Mary; Susan and husband Larry live in Kansas; Tom and wife Laura live on Long Island, NY as well as March. Grandchildren, Amanda, Anna, Gerry, Eric and Alex will all miss Charlotte. She was preceded in death by her daughter Lisa of Kansas. Charlotte and Tom were very active in the Boy Scouts. They spent their retirement together as 'full-timers,' that is traveling the country in their rig, a 38 ft. trailer pulled by a very large truck. They thoroughly enjoyed exploring all of North America from the southern point in Mexico to above the Arctic Circle in Alaska where they ran out of road. They visited every state in the U.S., every province in Canada and enjoyed the numerous and varied rural and urban sights along the way. They also made trips abroad to Russia, Ireland, Spain, France and other countries. Charlotte's final days were spent as she and Tom enjoyed them--on the road. Please visit with the family on Friday, September 2, 2011 at 7pm at Beecher & Bennett-Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden, CT. A service celebrating her life will be held on Saturday, September 3 at 11:00am at the funeral home. Burial will immediately follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery, Meriden. Contributions in Charlotte's memory may be sent to the Massachusetts General Hospital Nurses' Alumnae Association Endowed Fund for the MGH Institute School of Nursing care of the MGH Nurse's Alumnae Association, P.O.Box 6234, Boston, MA 02114.