Johnnie C. Nitschke

November 21, 1946 - October 30, 2011
Johnnie C. Nitschke

Johnnie Cole Nitschke of Wilmington passed away peacefully Sunday, October 30, 2011 at Trinity Grove surrounded by her loved ones.

She was born November 21, 1946 in White Oak, North Carolina and was the daughter of the late John E. Cole and Billie Cole Winebar.

Those left to cherish her memories are her husband, Oswald Paul Nitschke and daughters, Eva (Greg) Johnson and Karen (Tony) Godfrey. She was blessed with 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; 5 sisters, Sue Guyton (Dural), Carol Davis (Norwood), Mary Cole, Doxiene Smith (Randy), and Debbie Jones, (Eddie).

She devoted her life to caring for her loved ones and family. Her profession was that of a medical transcriptionist. She worked for NHRMC many years as well as several other physicians’ offices. A 40 year plus member of the Order of the Eastern Star, she served several terms as Worthy Matron of Federal Point Chapter #361 OES. She was a Charter Member of both Cape Fear Chapter #346 and AREME Chapter #372. One of her proudest accomplishments was serving as District Deputy Grand Matron for the 9th District in 2000 – 2001.

A visitation for family and friends will be held Wednesday, November 2 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Wilmington Funeral Chapel where services will be held Thursday, November 3 at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Mark Teachey officiating. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association or Trinity Grove, 631 Junction Creek Drive, Wilmington, NC 28412.

God Saw You…
God saw you getting tired, when a cure was not to be.
So He wrapped his arms around you, and whispered, “Come to me”.
You didn’t deserve what you went through, so He gave you rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful, He only takes the best.
And when I saw you sleeping, so peaceful and free from pain,
I could not wish you back to suffer that again.
Author Unknown

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  • November 01, 2011
    Teri Brinkman says:
    Karen, I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. We were so hopeful that she would be able to heal and be whole again. Thankfully we still have hope in our knowledge that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Teri Brinkman

  • October 31, 2011
    G.FORD says:
    I am so sorry for your loss. May "the God of all comfort" (2 Corinthians 1:3,4) comfort and soothe your heart. His promises, found in the Holy Scriptures, can offer much hope. It assures us at John 5:28,29 that our loved ones will be remembered and brought back to life in the resurrection. Please allow God's Word to strengthen you and help you to endure this most difficult time.

  • November 01, 2011
    Jackie Bissonnette says:
    My thoughts and prayers go out to Johnnie's family during this sad time.

  • November 01, 2011
    Therese Painter says:
    To all my family, I love you and am sorry for your/OUR loss. Aunt Johnnie will truly be missed

  • November 02, 2011
    Brian and Joie Brown says:
    Karen Godfrey and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that our family is praying for your comfort during this difficult time.