Haverhill — Katherine A. (Bressler) Johnson, 52, of 5 Victor St., died Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at Tufts Medical Center in Boston after a lifelong battle against heart disease.
She leaves her husband of 22 years, Kenneth P. Johnson, the editorial page editor of The Eagle-Tribune, and her mother, Barbara P. Howard of Haverhill. She also leaves two brothers, Edmund W. Bressler and his wife, Tammy, of Eliot, Maine, and Dr. Martin S. Bressler and his wife, Dr. Linda Bressler, of Houston, Texas. She was predeceased by her sister, Pamela Schroth and her beloved stepfather, the Rev. Irving E. Howard. She also leaves an uncle, Brenton E. Martlin of Virginia Beach, Va., and several nieces and nephews. She also leaves her close friend, Maryellen Madaio of Amesbury.
Kate was born in Framingham, the youngest child of Luckey Wilson Bressler and Barbara P. (Martlin) Bressler, and was raised in Oxford in Worcester County. Her father died when she was young and when her mother later remarried, the family moved to nearby Dudley where she graduated from Shepherd Hill Regional High School in 1979. She then attended Assumption College and the University of Maine at Orono, where she studied English and history.
Kate was employed for several years as a quality control technician for companies in the plastics and high-tech industries, including Vicor Corp. of Andover.
Kate loved cats and never lived in a home that did not have at least one feline resident. Her most recent companions were Clancy and Cupcake, both rescued by local shelters.
She was an avid reader and particularly fond of both history and historical novels. She loved to travel and had visited several Civil War battlefields with her husband. An avid Red Sox fan, Kate loved to visit Fenway Park and made a few trips to Baltimore's Camden Yards park when the Sox were in town. The crab cakes were an added bonus.