Ashley Grace Johanek
December 16, 2003 – November 13, 2022
VISITATION: Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, 4 p.m., with a VIGIL SERVICE at 7 p.m., at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, 3405 S 118th St.
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, Nov. 19, at 10:30 a.m., Mary Our Queen.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed by the family.
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Ashley Grace Johanek is survived by her loving parents, Patrick and Jennifer; her two best friends and siblings: Amber and Andrew; and her beloved dog, Miles; her grandparents, Ken and Jeanette Jarosz and John and Patricia Johanek; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Ashley began dance classes at the age of 3. She continued to take classes throughout her grade school years and fell in love with the art of dance. In fifth grade, she decided to join the competition team. Ashley competed in dance through her senior year of high school. The most awesome part was when her sister. Amber joined her on the team when Ashley was in 7th grade, and together, the two shared their passion for dance all throughout these years. Their last year dancing together, last June, they competed with their duo, Sun, at Nationals and won a judge’s award for “Meaningful Moments.” How fitting as that moment between Ashley and Amber will be forever one of our most meaningful memories. Ashley thoroughly enjoyed supporting her brother, Andrew, with his many sports, and even wanted to come back from college for every game so she wouldn’t miss a moment. Ashley also enjoyed playing knockout with Andrew, playing sports in the yard with him, going on bike rides and beating him in Mario Kart.
Ashley attended Mary Our Queen School, and Marian High School. At Marian, she participated in dance team and cheer team, was a page editor for the school newspaper, a member of the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, and was a Senior Retreat Leader. Ashley was excited to attend Iowa State University, and while there, enjoyed attending weekly Mass at St. Thomas, as well as participating in a women’s bible study group, in order to get closer to God. For the betterment of her health, Ashley moved back to Omaha in September to be closer to her family. She enrolled at Metro to complete her general studies and planned to enroll at UNO in January to study biology with aspirations of becoming a Neurologist, with the intent to help others because she knows first hand what they are going through. Ashley had a cool relationship with her Dad, enjoying his love of music and attending concerts together Ashley and her Mom were always together, having meaningful talks, loved playing volleyball, coached by her mom, and she even introduced and got her mom to love Hamilton, almost as much as she did.
Ashley, we will never forget your infectious smile, your enjoyment of God’s beauty each night when you took pictures of the sunsets, and your passion for musicals. When God created you, he created his most beautiful masterpiece. You will be loved forever and ever, our sweet Ashley Grace.