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Merrie Johnson, 36, Wedding Photographer
Merrie Renee Johnson, 36, a wedding photographer who operated her own business for 10 years, died Jan. 4.
The former Merrie Choder, she was diagnosed with stage-three breast cancer in September 2001. She only stopped working recently. Johnson began her career working for Lindelle Studios.
She was supportive to her colleagues and competitors, and always gave them referrals when she was not available.
Johnson became well-known to clients and staff at the Oncology Unit at Abington Hospital; when she wasn't being treated, she was there to socialize and bring treats to other patients. In December, the hospital awarded her a grant so that she could be home with her family for the holidays with the help she needed.
Johnson is survived by her mother, Sybil Weinstein; father Alan Choder; stepfather Dennis Weinstein; daughters Megan Johnson and Casey Johnson; son Zachery Johnson; brothers Greg Choder and Daniel Weinstein; and a nephew.