In loving memory of

Ann Theresa Johnston
August 8, 1949 - November 16, 2022

Ann Theresa (Doyle) Johnston, formerly of Fort Dodge passed away on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 due to complications of Alzheimer's.

Funeral service will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at Holy Trinity Church. Burial will follow at Corpus Christi Cemetery. A visitation will be Monday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the church, with a time of sharing at 5:30 p.m. and a rosary at 6:00 p.m. Laufersweiler Funeral Home is serving the family.

Ann was born in Fort Dodge. She graduated from St. Edmond's in 1967. After completing cosmetology school, she spent 50 years as a stylist and entrepreneur, owning several salons over the years, notably The Upper Cut and ABoutique in Valley Junction, West Des Moines.

Ann made friends everywhere she went. She loved quilting, painting, and travel. She traveled to Israel and Hawaii; she was particularly proud of her mission trip to Ghana, Africa. She lived near her grandkids in Arkansas until moving back to Iowa in 2018.

Ann was very faithful and always active in church, most recently as a member of St. Ambrose Cathedral in Des Moines.

She was preceded in death by her father Lawrence Doyle, step-father Joseph Ivory, brother Joseph Doyle, and nephew Sean Runyan. She will be missed dearly by friends and family including mother Rita Ivory, sisters Nancy Weiss, Katherine Gaster, Suzan Runyan, and Mary Ohrtman, brother John Doyle, and step-siblings Cynthia Fenner, Robert, Tim, Doug, and Dennis Ivory, as well as her children, Richard (Michelle) and Allison (Jeremy), grandchildren Jordan (Justin), Samantha, Hailey, Alice, and great grandchild Ezekiel.

Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.


Bonnie Salyards wrote on Nov 22, 2022:

"For the family of Ann Johnston. Ann was a wonderful stylist and did my hair for several years but more than that, she was a wonderful friend. I will alway remember the fun we had with sleepovers wit the girls at my house, the Christian Rock concert to see Mercy Me and other memories we shared. She took great delight in every thing she did. I will so miss her. Bonnie Salyards??"

Barbra Branson wrote on Nov 20, 2022:

"To my special friend!! She cut my hair for years. She was the best!! "

Patty Pefferman wrote on Nov 20, 2022:

"I knew Ann from Bella Vista AR. She could cut hair like no one I ever knew. An artist!"

Kate Doyle Gaster wrote on Nov 18, 2022:

"I will miss my big sister, Ann. I love you. I was your first client for a haircut ever. We were at Grandma & Grandpa Drzycimski. We went behind the couch and you cut my hair. I don't remember how it looked lol anyway we did so many things together. I would chase you with garden snakes and wiggle the bridge when you were on it. We always laughed together, were in 4-H together, ice skated together, laid in the grass and watched the aurora borealis at night, helped dad in the garden. Held each other tight when daddy died. So many memories. So many long phone calls. I am happy you are in a better place and with God and family who went before you. You are so loved and gave so much love. Till we meet again."

Mary Ohrtman wrote on Nov 17, 2022:

"Annie the oldest in our family ?? I have so many memories of our time together over my 60 years. I remember you practicing the pixie cut on me when I was maybe 6 years old and you sniped my ear oh man did that ever bleed but the cool thing was you and mom gave me anything I wanted to ease the pain. I think it hurt you and mom more than me ? I remember being a tag along with you and Rich while you guys were on dates! I remember all the beautiful haircuts, perms and colors you gave me and my family ? over the years. I remember all the beautiful quilts you made my family and others. You were always there if we needed a hand with our children. I remember you coming to our acreage for our Sunday brunches. So many beautiful memories Annie. I know you are in Heaven drinking ? with our brother Joe, playing pool with uncle Nick, painting Heaven with step-dad Joe, bowling with dad, discussing politics with uncle Ed, cutting and rolling all our aunts hair, talking cars with uncle John, building things with uncle Paul and Westie while laying flooring with uncle Chuck, rocking our family babies, riding bicycles with Sean and finding time to go sailing on the lake. You were one of my sister rocks ? that I truly miss and will never forget. Love you forever sister ?? "

Carol Jean Hanson wrote on Nov 17, 2022:

"We were high school classmates at St. Edmond High School (1968). We had fun in classroom studies, PE classes and stage musicals. Rest In Peace, My Friend??.. Carol Dishman Hanson "

John Doyle wrote on Nov 17, 2022:

"Love your sister. I know you are with God along with brother Joe drinking a beer and chatting with God. John"