Gustav J. Johnson

Died: Thu., Jul. 30, 2015

Mass of Christian Burial

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Gustav J. Johnson, 94, a resident of Ferncliff Nursing Home, formerly of Hyde Park entered eternal rest Thursday, July 30 at Ferncliff.


Born in Brooklyn on January 25, 1921, he was the son of the late Gustav Johnson and Mary Shannon (Johnson). In June 1940 he graduated from Manual Training High School in Brooklyn and on June 11, 1942 was inducted into the U.S. Army.


During the Second World War, Gustav served with distinction in the U.S. Army’s 11th Field Hospital in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, Southern France and Germany, earning several decorations and citations.  Returning to the United States at war’s end in November, 1945 he was discharged from active military service.    


On December 1, 1945 he married the love of his life Janette H. Johnson, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Brooklyn, NY. The Johnsons traveled extensively during their lives, enjoying many friends in Australia, as a result of Janette’s employment with the New York Consulate Office of the Australian Government.


Gustav worked in sales and as a sales manager for the Pilgrim Laundry Company in New York City until its closure in the early 1970’s, when he enrolled at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. Graduating from the CIA with an Associates degree in September 1974 he immediately began operating a well known and successful off-premise catering business under the name of Le Cordon Bleu Caterers, later Gus Johnson’s Cordon Bleu Caterers.


He was a past President of the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce and Mid-Hudson Chapter of the NYS Restaurant Association. He also has previously served on the building and grounds committee of The Culinary Institute of America.


After retiring, Gustav enjoyed travel in the United States, golf, and Marist College sports, especially basketball. Most of all, he became a dedicated poker and pool player with numerous groups of Hyde Park friends. Without hesitation, Gustav and Janette were both generous and caring individuals.


Gustav was predeceased by his wife Janette in 2012, as well as a brother Leo Johnson and sister Rite DeLuca. He is survived by several nieces and nephews, the Malone boys as well as many, many friends.


Mr. Johnson was a faithful communicant of the Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel in Poughkeepsie.


There will be no calling hours. A Mass of the Christian Burial will be offered at 11:00 am on Monday, August 3rd at the Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel, 255 Hudson View Drive, Poughkeepsie NY 12601 with internment to follow at the Union Cemetery, Route 9G, Hyde Park NY.


In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Culinary Institute of America, 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park, NY 12538, in memory of Gustav Johnson ’74. Arrangements are under the direction of the Joseph J. Darrow Sr. Funeral Home Inc. 39 So Hamilton St. Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 (845) 452-1840. To send an online condolence please visit

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Dave Goerlitz
   Posted Mon August 03, 2015
To the relatives of Gus Johnson, I extend condolences from our Goerlitz family and the entire Biskup family upon learning of his recent passing. It was always great seeing him when playing our monthly poker games. He will be deeply missed.