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 Johanna Jackson <I>Maxwell</I> Kreyenbuhl

Johanna Jackson Maxwell Kreyenbuhl

Petersburg, Grant County, West Virginia, USA
Death 12 Mar 2009 (aged 51)
Petersburg, Grant County, West Virginia, USA
Burial Petersburg, Grant County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 69438521 · View Source
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Johanna Jackson Maxwell Kreyenbuhl, 51, of Petersburg, W.Va., died at her home on Thursday, March 12, 2009 surrounded by her family.

Born October 28, 1957 in Petersburg, she was the wife of Carl E. Kreyenbuhl and daughter of Christine Moon Maxwell and the late Dr. Howard Jackson Maxwell of Petersburg.

Mrs. Kreyenbuhl graduated in the Class of 1975 from Petersburg High School and Class of 1979 from West Virginia University Cum Laude with a double major – B.A. English Literature and B.S. Biology. She taught English, Advanced Science, Critical Thinking, Creative Writing and Gifted programs in West Virginia Secondary Schools for 30 years.

While at Petersburg High School, Berkeley Springs High School, Musselman High School and Tucker County High School, she earned multiple teaching awards including the Morgan County Teacher of the Year award, West Virginia Governor's Honor Academy and Ray A. Kroc McDonald's Teacher Achievement Award, as well as the admiration and esteem of her colleagues and students.

She was equally able to make Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Age relevant and exciting to her ninth graders, inspire and encourage gifted students to compete in the National Science Fair and analyze chess moves in her Critical Thinking classes. Johanna recognized the unique potential in each individual.

Johanna was a skilled storyteller and had a great love of history and genealogy. She was very proud of her ancestors, including Blackwell Jackson and Alexander DeVault (both of whom helped write the constitution for the State of West Virginia) and General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson whose name she shared.

She served as an officer in both the State and local chapters of Daughters of the American Revolution and Colonial Dames of the XVIIth Century. She was active in the Petersburg Presbyterian Church where she served as an Elder in the church session.

In addition to her many academic and civic accomplishments, she was also an award-winning athlete. She participated on P.H.S. golf and basketball teams, was Women's Club Champion at Valley View Golf Club for five years and played in several West Virginia State Amateur tournaments. She also played on the winning Virginia's team in the Virginia's versus Carolina's tournament at Pinehurst, N.C. in 1982. She began skiing at age two and was a champion downhill skier as a teenager at Wisp, Deep Creek, Md. She skied on the West Virginia University ski team and in the rockies and Alps with her family.

Her love of nature, gained while fishing and hunting with her father, included bird watching and gardening and beachcombing on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. She was a gifted artist and spent many enjoyable hours painting with her mother and sisters. She excelled in watercolor and won several Best of Show awards at the Tri County Fair, Petersburg, W.Va. and Queen's Choice award at the Forest Festival in Elkins, W.Va.

Most importantly, Johanna was a beloved wife, daughter, sister, aunt, stepmother, teacher and friend. Her keen intelligence, sense of humor, generosity, compassion and articulate analytical ability transformed the lives of all who knew her. She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Carl E. Kreyenbuhl; her mother Christine M. Maxwell; her sister Dr. Mary Maxwell-Young, husband Ian Young of Seattle, Wash.; sister Marty Maxwell Sherman, husband Rev. Wray Sherman II; nephew Jackson Maxwell Sherman of Waynesboro, Va.; foster sister Susan Vetter O'Neal, husband John T. O'Neal and son Alexander of Ocracoke, N.C.; stepdaughters Erica Kreyenbuhl, Ginger Shiring and Connie Chaskes and three stepgrandchildren Sophia Chaskes and Matthew and Kyle Shiring.

Visitation was at Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg on March 14 with private interment on Sunday, March 15 at Maple Hill Cemetery. There will be a memorial service in celebration of her life on Saturday, March 21, at 2 p.m. at the Petersburg Presbyterian Church, North Main Street, Petersburg, W.Va and all are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grant Memorial Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

Used with permission of The Morgan Messenger, Berkeley Springs, WV

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