Amber E. Johnson
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Amber E. (Janda) Johnson, age 56, of Menominee, Nebraska, died on Friday, March 6, 2015 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, South Dakota putting up a good fight against cancer but her body couldn't take anymore.

Memorial services are 11:00 AM, on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Reverend Dani Jo Ninke officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Tuesday, March 10 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton. There will be a time of sharing and video tribute at 7:00 PM. The family will also receive friends one hour prior to the memorial service on Wednesday.

Amber was born January 22, 1959 in Yankton, South Dakota to Emil and Leona (Diede) Janda. She graduated from Yankton High School in 1978, like many teenagers, she had a part-time job at Gurney Seed and Nursery in Yankton. After a brief stay in California, Amber moved back to Yankton and worked at Star Tree Service in Hartington, Nebraska. It was there she met Mark Johnson and they were united in marriage on October 24, 1980. After their marriage, they lived in Hartington until 1992 when they moved to an acreage by Menominee, Nebraska 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 of Menominee; three sisters: Delight Paulson of Yankton, Crys (Charlie) Archer of San Diego, CA, and Bonnie (Jeff) Knoll of Yankton; one brother, Aaron Janda of Yankton; 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.

Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.

My dear dear friend, you will be missed. Your spirit was beautiful and I will always remember the laughs and tears we shared together.

Jane Grant

Mark my deepest sympathies go out to you. Amber will be missed.

Sue Wohlman Heese


You have our deepest condolences.

Randy and Connie Heying

Mark, you are in our families thought and prayers, sorry for your loss. Please let us know if we may be of assistance in any way.

Cullen Jorgensen

Mark and families,

I am saddened to learn of Amber's passing. May you know that God is with you at this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Deb Johnson

Mark you are in my prayers. Sorry for your loss. I will miss Amber. She is in a better place. A walmart friend & neighbor.

Linda Kollars


We were so sorry to hear of Amber's passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. I was very honored to be able to call Amber a friend. She will always have a place in my heart.

Ray & Betty Steffen

Mark & family, prayers and hugs to you during this difficult time. I in Amber's peace at this time. I have the fondest memories of us in our young adulthood, she touched my heart. Never can memories be taken from us. Our hearts are sad for you.

Julie(Kooistra) & Rod Dominguez

Mark, you and your families are in our thoughts and prayers. Sorry for your loss.

Robert Bunkofske

Mark I am so sorry to hear about the loss of you spouse, Dorothy and I will be lifting your family up in prayer. Please let me know what you need.

Rick Fischer

Mark & family

Scott & I are so very sorry to hear of Ambers passing. Know you are in are heart & Prayers!

Bonnie Lentz


So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you. Michelle Wells

Michelle Wells

Mark & family -

So sorry to hear about your loss. Be strong and know you are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Jodi List

I am so sorry to hear about Amber's passing! I have worked with Amber for many years at Baldwin Filters. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.....

Trish Roberson

Delight-So sorry to hear about your sister, she is much to young to leave the family My prayers are with you.

Mary Trachy


Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Let us know if you need anything. Greg, Tiphany, Mark

Greg J. Nielsen

Mark and Family. So sorry for your loss. I loved Amber's laugh and it will be missed. Loved working with Amber the old M-tron days!

Debbie Keegan

Mark, So sorry for your loss, thinking of you.

Jay and Trina Gilbertson

Mark, so sorry to hear about Amber. Joyce called me Tuesday Night to tell me. I wish I had known earlier. Stay strong my friend.

John & Sarah Weddingfeld

Mark & family,

So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. She was way too young. She will be missed.

Love, Aunt Verda Diede, Cousin Marsha & John Aman & family

Mark, so sorry to hear of Amber's passing. It has been a long time since we have seen either of you but always consider you great friends. Hugs and prayers are with you.

Denise and Bill (Lammers) Webbert

I had the pleasure of visiting her costume shop and hanging with her thru the years - she was a jewel! Rest in Peace Amber. My prayers are with you Mark and Family.

Lois Padgett

Mark, Just heard of Ambers passing... I am very sadden by your loss.

Our prares are also with you.

Rick and Robin Pearson

I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Mark, may it help you to know that soon you will no longer worry or pain from losing a loved one to death because of sickness such as cancer for it will be gone forever, never to return for Isaiah 33:24 read: No resident will say: "I am sick". Please find some strength and comfort from this fact in your difficult days ahead.

mary miller

We were just shocked and saddened to hear of Amber's passing. Wish we would have known earlier we would have been there. Mark we are so sorry for your loss. Please keep in contact with us. We love you~

John & Sarah Weddingfeld

sorry for loss mark, wish hope and love could cure it all but we dont live in this world, so so sorry , we will miss her deeply and her smiles when seeing her in yr lil red car, forever missed by the Reimans, 5 star tattoo, Rusty Kat and lil jack reiman for all the costume ideas while he was growing up....

The Reimans

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