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Johanna Ginther

Johanna Ginther

Born
Died

Her dry witty humor that could turn anything funny! I miss that I won’t see her marry, become a mother, have a career she loves. I miss that we won’t get to Hawaii together! I miss her homemade cards and crafts, her telephone calls and I miss hearing her say “I Love You More, Mom”.

Tell us about your loved one.

Johanna Elizabeth was our little sparkler born on July 1st. She was my real live doll I could dress in pink frilly clothes and play with her long curly hair before she became a tom-boy! Jo Beth.was a talented athlete from an early age, she was the most naturally gifted athlete of my four children – she instinctively knew what needed to be done on the field, pitch, or court. She loved competing. Her demeanor was deceiving, she had this innocent cherub cheeked casual lazy smile that hid the tiger beneath. She was a brilliant student without any effort, graduating high school a year early! She loved her family especially her two brothers and sister. She was proud of their accomplishments and told them. She loved tradition and family – She never missed a holiday, graduation, or birthday! She adored her grandmothers. Jo Beth was kind and loving. She brought home all kinds of stray animals much to our dismay! She was fiercely loyal friend. Jo Beth had the ability to reach out to others in need.

Tell us about Johanna's struggle with addiction

In high school it became obvious that her curiosity - smoking a little pot, having a beer, pilfering prescription pain killers- had escalated. Crystal meth at a party led to violent outbursts that caused concern for other family members’ safety – she was whisked away in the middle of the night to her first rehab. After nine months there, she returned home she started working and going to college but nine months later she fell back into the party crowd and criminal elements which started a long long heartbreaking downward spiral with the court systems, hospitals and more rehabs. Jo Beth had been clean almost five months – forced because she was in county jail. One day when I was visiting her I walked in with an elderly woman who was visiting her 52 year old daughter that was in custody on a heroin charge. That Mom was exhausted and said she had been on their roller coaster for 30 years! I had a great conversation with JoJo about that – and I felt Jo had a plan when she got out. I warned her about lethal heroin that was going around the city she planned to live in. She told me she was done with that. She had a place to live and a job; the people that were not good influences were not going to be a part of her life. She was excited to start over again. I don’t know what triggered her to use one last time but she died alone in a public beach restroom of an accidental fatal combination of heroin, meth and a prescription (from county jail) drug

What made Johanna smile?

Jo was always smiling! So many things made her smile - Babies, puppies, Dodgers or Raiders winning a game, her brother Zach’s son Jeremy, her brother Tim’s baseball accomplishments and college acceptance, and her little sister’s acceptance to Nursing School! A good mystery novel. a BBQ with family and friends, artichokes, and chocolate! Any beach and any sunset! She loved to surprise you! The list is endless like her contagious smile!

What do you miss most about Johanna?

Her dry witty humor that could turn anything funny! I miss that I won’t see her marry, become a mother, have a career she loves. I miss that we won’t get to Hawaii together! I miss her homemade cards and crafts, her telephone calls and I miss hearing her say “I Love You More, Mom”.

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