|Birth: ||Nov. 21, 1979|
|Death: ||May 10, 2012, USA|
Time Leader: May 11, 2012
Stephanie E. (nee Godri) Johnston, formerly of Harding, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family, Thursday morning, May 10, 2012, after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer.
Born in Scranton, on November 21, 1979, the youngest of four children, she was the beloved daughter of Edward C. and Mary Foy Godri of Harding.
Raised in Harding, she was a 1998 graduate of Wyoming Area High School, where she ran cross country, track and field and was a Member of National Honor Society. She was voted "Most Likely to Succeed" by her classmates.
A 2002 graduate of King's College, she majored in chemistry graduating with a Bachelor of Science. During college, she worked part time at the Lion Brewery, and after graduation she was employed by Topps Candy Company in Duryea.
She was a lifelong member of the Church of the Holy Redeemer (Corpus Christi Parish), Harding.
She dutifully supported her husband's military career, moving to Hawaii, Kentucky, New York and New Jersey, enduring countless training exercise and deployments. In Hawaii, she taught science at St Michael's School in Wailua, and completed her Master of Arts in Education at the University of Phoenix. At Fort Drum, N.Y., Steph volunteered at Augustinian Academy in Carthage, N.Y., organizing the yearbook and serving as an Army Family Readiness Group Leader. She enjoyed cats, loved running, Gerber daisies, traveling to new places, visiting friends, and most of all being just being, in her words, "a Mom." Her favorite season was fall. A model of charity and faith, between cancer treatments, she gathered clothing and donations for Susquehanna flood victims. She did the same for her husband's soldiers, gathering soaps, razors, linens and towels. She made sure that no soldier returned from Afghanistan to an empty barracks room.
During treatments, she routinely baked cakes and sweets for her doctors and nurses, trying to care for them the way they cared for her.
She will live on in the hearts of her family, friends, and her children. Her warm spirit, caring nature, constant concern for others, and deep faith leaves an indelible mark on this world.
A devoted wife and mother she is survived by her husband, U.S. Army Maj. Andrew Johnston, stationed at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J.; son, Luke, 5; daughter, Sarah, 1; her parents, Edward and Mary Godri of Harding; brothers, Matthew and his wife, Tracie, of Collingswood, N.J., and Stephen and his wife, Patti, of Arlington, Va.; sister, Maria, and her husband, Chris, of Atlanta, Ga.; nieces, Rebecca, Gianna and Lyla, and nephews, Jackson and Axton.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. in the Church of the Holy Redeemer (Corpus Christi Parish), Harding. Those attending the funeral Mass are asked to go directly to the church on Tuesday morning as there will be no procession from the funeral home. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery, Roslyn, Pa. Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Monday, May 14, 2012, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Baloga Funeral Home Inc., 1201 Main St., Pittston (Port Griffith). In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Newton Medical Center Foundation.
Created by: RandallF.
Record added: Mar 26, 2013
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