Ashley Grace Johanek

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.

To view the live broadcast of the Mass, please visit and click the “View Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.

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.


  • Sarah Bradley Posted November 16, 2022 4:31 pm

    PJ and family, I am so truly sorry for your loss. She sounds like she was a wonderful person. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

  • Doris Diederich and Family Posted November 16, 2022 8:49 pm

    Jennifer and family. I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful Angel. Ashley was always so kind and sweet to all her friends and classmates. I will be praying and thinking of you all during this difficult time.

  • Doris Diederich and Family Posted November 16, 2022 8:52 pm

    Jennifer and family. I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful Angel. Ashley was always so kind and sweet to all her friends and classmates. I will be praying and thinking of you during this difficult time.

  • Darwin and Dallas Loftin Posted November 16, 2022 9:49 pm

    Dallas and I wanted to send our condolences to Andrew and the family. We were sorry to learn of the loss. We’ll keep you’ll in our prayers.

  • Karyl Mason Posted November 17, 2022 7:10 am

    We are so very sorry for you r loss. Kealy enjoyed dance with Ashley very much!!! My heart goes out to your entire family, prayers to you all

  • Kelly Albers McFarland Posted November 17, 2022 8:31 am

    I am so sorry for your families loss. May her loving memory live in your hearts forever. May the days and months ahead bring peace as you support each other..

  • Heidi Christensen Posted November 17, 2022 11:15 am

    My heart is broken for your family! Ashley was a ray of sunshine to everyone she met Thank you for blessing her in my life and everyone at the dance studio. She will be missed!

  • Shari Reynolds Posted November 17, 2022 1:47 pm

    Seeing Ashley’s beautiful face takes me right back to her time with me for work/study at Marian. She is such a sweet soul that will be missed. She spread so much light while here. I will add her and your family to my daily prayer. It is hard to believe at this moment of grief but you will find a way to share her light again. God bless and keep you.

  • Mike & Lori Palmer Posted November 18, 2022 1:01 pm

    PJ, We are thinking of you and your family. Our hearts go out to you all during this difficult time. A beautiful young lady taken way too soon. May god bless you all.
    Love, The Palmers

  • Dean Loftus Posted November 18, 2022 3:31 pm

    Sending my heartfelt prayers and condolences to the Johanek Family.

  • Marie Kawecki Posted November 18, 2022 10:32 pm

    Very sorry for your loss.

  • Mike and Barb Siedlik Posted November 22, 2022 5:52 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.🙏
    A moment lasts all of a second,
    but the memory lives on forever.
    When someone you love
    becomes a memory,
    that memory becomes a treasure.

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