Samuel A. Teolis, Supervisor | Carmella M. Teolis, Funeral Director

Paul Dodds Johnson, Sr., 83

Mr. Paul “Dodds” Johnson Sr., 83, Of Ellwood City passed away on Monday, September 20, 2021 at the UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Mr. Johnson was born in Pittsburgh on April 20, 1938 to the late Thomas and Josephine (Fowler) Johnson, and was an Elementary School teacher, Auctioneer, Father, Grandfather, Uncle and Best Friend.

He grew up in Zelienople, went to college in Edinboro (his favorite days) then to his farm in Fombell, PA where he raised his children.

He loved music and could sing like an angel.  His smile would light up the room and his hugs were the absolute BEST.

He is survived by 6 of his children: Gailyn (Mark) Matscherz of Zelienople, PA,   Alison (Jeff) Scott of Ellwood City, PA ,  Erin Roman of Sherman, NY ,  DJ (Elizabeth) Johnson of Shartlesville,  PA,  Lauran (Tim) Houk of New Castle, PA, and Dan (Nichole) Johnson of Sherman, NY, 19 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was proceeded in death by his children Shawn Johnson and Lacy Johnson.

To his special nurse, Margaret – Thank you for all your love and kindness!

Visitation will be held on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home and Crematory Inc.. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday at 2:00 pm at the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Phil Farrell officiating. Interment will follow at the St. Gregory Cemetery in Zelienople.



  • Tammy Olin Posted September 22, 2021 11:25 pm

    My heart is so heavy. Dodds was an extraordinary man and I have so many childhood memories of following him around the farm! He found my first pony that I loved with all of my heart. Fly high daddy Dodds and know that you were so loved and touched so many lives! Ali, Lauran, Erin, Dj, Danny and Gaylon, please know that we are sending you all love, hugs and prayers from SC. Say hi to everyone for us Dodds when you enter those pearly gates!

  • Joyce Bagnall Posted September 25, 2021 4:22 pm

    I am so very sorry to hear about Mr. Johnson. He was my fifth grade teacher at the Portersville Elementary School and I absolutely loved him.

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