Stephanie's Story

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Stephanie Godri-Johnston, the youngest of four children, was born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  While attending school at Wyoming Area, she was the model student-athlete. She joined the cross country and track & field teams in 7th grade and Stephanie CCparticipated every season until she graduated in 1998.  Stephanie was a proud and driven competitor on the cross country course and excelled in track & field.  She had broken the school's junior high shot-put and the senior high discus records during her time at Wyoming Area.  In addition to her athletic accomplishments, Stephanie was an excellent student - regularly appearing on the school's honor roll while balancing her studies, sports, part-time job, and volunteeer activities.  She was a member of National Honor Society, Chorus, Science Olympiad, and was voted "Most Likely to Succeed" by her senior classmates.  Stephanie continued her education at King's College (Wilkes-Barre, PA), where she earned a BS in Chemistry upon graduating in 2002.

Following graduation she accepted a job in research and development, married at the end of 2002, and less than a month later moved to Hawaii with her husband who is in the Army.  While her husband was deployed to Iraq, Stephanie took a job teaching at St. Michael's School (Wailua, HI), enrolled in college, and earned a Master of Arts in Education. Upon returning to the mainland, she moved three times, was on her own through two more deployments for her husband and became a mother.  At Fort Drum (NY), Stephanie volunteered at the Augustine Academy (Carthage, NY), organizing the yearbook and serving as an Army Family Readiness Group Leader.

Three months after her second child was born, Stephanie was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. As with everything in her life, she went to the treatments with a smile on her face and love and concern for all those who were helping her.  A model of charity andFamily Pic faith, between cancer treatments she gathered clothing and donations to help Susquehanna flood victims.  She did the same for her husband's soldiers - gathering soaps, razors, linens, and towels.  Stephanie 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.

After bravely fighting colon cancer with an optimistic mind and a big heart, Stephanie passed away in May 2012 at the age of 32.  She was a true light, starting with her infectious smile, that endeared her, not only to her family and friends but to all those with whom she came in contact.