Obituary — Amber E. (Janda) Johnson

Johnson, Amber

MENOMINEE — Amber E. (Janda) Johnson, 56, Menominee, died March 6, 2015, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, S.D., putting up a good fight against cancer, but her body couldn’t take anymore.

The family received friends and shared a video tribute March 10 at the Wintz and Ray Funeral Home, Yankton.

They will also receive friends one hour prior to the memorial service Wednesday.

Memorial services are 11 a.m., March 11, at Wintz and Ray Funeral Home, Yankton, with Rev. Dani Jo Ninke officiating.

Amber was born Jan. 22, 1959, in Yankton, to Emil and Leona (Diede) Janda. She graduated from Yankton High School in 1978, and like many teenagers, she had a part-time job at Gurney Seed and Nursery, Yankton.

After a brief stay in California, Amber moved back to Yankton and worked at Star Tree Service, Hartington. It was there she met Mark Johnson. They were married Oct. 24, 1980. After their marriage, they lived in Hartington until 1992 when they moved to an acreage in the Menominee area. Amber worked at various retail and manufacturing companies, often two or three at a time. Her main love was the Black Cat Costume Rental business which she started, first running it out of the upstairs of their home. The business grew rapidly and in 1995,Amber and Mark had to build a garage to include her amazing collection of costumes. She was constantly acquiring costumes and accessories at every rummage sale she could get to and was known by many as The Costume Lady. Her free time was spent camping and enjoying time with friends and family. One of the most important things in her life was her many cats.

Amber is survived by her husband, Mark Johnson, Menominee; three sisters, Delight Paulson, Yankton, S.D.; Crys (Charlie) Archer, San Diego, Calif.; and Bonnie (Jeff) Knoll, Yankton, S.D.; one brother, Aaron Janda, Yankton, S.D.; and six nieces and nephews, Sean Archer, Tim Paulson, Carly Knoll, Megan Archer, Olivia Janda and Chance Janda.

Amber was preceded in death by her parents and niece, Brianna Knoll.

Memorials may be directed to the Yankton Women’s and Children’s Center and the Heartland Humane Society.