Barbara J. Johansson

ROYALSTON — Barbara June Johansson, age 85, of Royalston, died Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, at Golden Living Center of Fitchburg.

Barbara was born Jan. 20, 1930, in New York.

Barbara grew up in in Norwich, N.Y., attending the Boston Art Museum School of Art.

She began her career at Bachrach, and while there worked on two presidential portraits. She worked as an animal portrait artist specializing in dogs, and was the official artist of the Siberian Husky Club of America from 1963 to 1996. She received the Borzoi Artist Award for her art. She was also an organist and enjoyed playing the organ with her group of friends in Keene, N.H.

Family members will be contacted for a private service at a later date.

Higgins-O’Connor Funeral Home, 146 Main St., Athol, is directing arrangements.

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