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JODI WINDHORST

Memorial created 06-7-2007 by
CRYSTAL FUNDERBURK
CURTIS and JOSEPHINE WINDHORST
May 30 1949 - June 2 2007

DADDY

This online memorial was created in loving memory of CURTIS WINDHORST and  JOSEPHINE WINDHORST, whose life story is told throughout this memorial website. Please sign CURTIS's AND JODIS guest book and let us know you came to visit. We will remember CURTIS AND JODI forever. HE WAS SUCH A GREAT LOVING MAN. WE WILL ALL MISS HIM. AND SHE WAS A STRONG LOVED WOMAN.

 

THERE IS NOT A DAY THAT HAS NOT GONE BY THAT I DONT THINK OF MY FATHER AND MOM. PEOPLE TAKE LIFE FOR GRANTED. I LEARNED THE HARD WAY. I LOST MY FATHER. AND I DIDNT LET HIM KNOW THAT I LOVE HIM. SO IF YOU TAKE PEOPLE FOR GRANTED. LOOK AT HIS SITE AND TELL PEOPLE YOU LOVE THEM............

 

"♥BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU HAVE TODAY BECAUSE IT COULD BE GONE TOMORROW♥

 
 
 

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Josephine Ann "Jodi" Windhorst Obituary

1952 - 2015
In Loving Memory and Life Celebration
Josephine Ann Windhorst
August 4th, 1952 - April 23, 2015
"I suspect that angels walk among us
and the only things missing are their wings."

Josephine (Jodi) Ann Windhorst was born August 4th, 1952
to Mr. James Edward Odum and Mrs. Roxena Josephine
Mayes-Odum, in Big Four, West Virginia. She was the young-
est of thirteen children and a true coal miner's daughter.

During her humble beginnings in the Appalachians, Jodi's
mother cultivated the virtues of honor, self-respect, and
above all else, a love for God within her daughter.
Jodi attended Welch High School where she enjoyed her
classes and served as a Rainbow Girl. After graduation, Jodi's
mother sent her to live with family in Colorado Springs, CO.
with hopes that better opportunities were waiting. There she
attended Pikes Peak Community College and quickly made it
onto the Dean's list.

While in college she met the love of her life. Jodi knew from
the moment she saw Curtis Martin "Mouse" Windhorst that
she was going to marry him. She walked right up to him and
introduced herself as the woman he was going to marry. A
year later they were betrothed.

Jodi left college to start a family, but promised her mother
she would eventually graduate. Years later, she worked as a
corporate buyer for Hewlett Packard by day, and attended
classes at night. Jodi graduated from Regis University Summa
Cum Laude (highest honors) and was a recipient of the
Perseverance Award. Keeping her promise (and then some)
to her mother, she ultimately ended up earning three degrees.

In her thirties she was diagnosed with the rare genetic lung
disease Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency. After twenty years of
infusions and carrying around oxygen tanks, she was put on a
transplant list. In May of 2005, Jodi was visited by an angel in
the form of an organ donor, and received a second chance at
life through a double lung transplant.

Jodi never took this gift for granted. She had a thirst for life
and took advantage of every opportunity to live with gusto.
She loved traveling and relished in everything from drinking
Sangria in Barcelona to snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef.
Even as recent as this past December, she enjoyed Christmas
Brunch with her grandson on the Eiffel Tower. She loved the
holidays, yellow roses, seeing the world, trips to Vegas, being
outdoors, good food, wine, and margaritas. Most of all she
loved her family. Doing her best to provide for them was
paramount to her. Raising and spending time with her nine
year old grandson, Noah, was her deepest happiness. He was
her pride, joy, and legacy, and she loved him to the moon and
back.

Jodi's sparkling wit left a warm and memorable impression
everywhere she went. No one was a stranger to her and she
always made time for her family and friends.

Although her adored husband Mouse passed away in 2007,
Jodi continued adding every year since his passing to the total
number of years she would tell people she was married. To
her, marriage did not end at "till death do we part."

Jodi inspired us all with her grace, strength, kindness, and
perseverance. She was a fighter to the very end.

After weeks in the hospital, four of her long time transplant
physicians stood at the end of her bed discussing their fears
that they were prolonging her suffering. Jodi awoke from
under sedation and waved her arm in the air. Her daughter
rushed to her side to ask, "how about it Mom, do you want
to keep fighting?" Jodi repeatedly shook her head "yes". There
wasn't a dry eye in the room. No one but her was going to
write the end of her story, and she had one more gift she
wanted to give to her family; time.

When it became apparent that God was calling her back to
heaven, the doctors cautioned that she was too sick to leave
the hospital; they feared she would not survive an ambulance
ride home. Her daughter, knowing how much her mother
hated hospitals and loved the outdoors, said "my mother is a
gambler, and she would take the risk just to feel the sunshine
on her face one last time."

Jodi survived the ambulance ride. Her last moments were
spent outside in a garden surrounded by loving family and
friends. From the moment she was outside she opened her
eyes and stared up at the clouds. She breathed in the fresh air
around her, and as the clouds opened up above, she took her
last breath.

"Do what makes you the happiest.
Enjoy time with your family, sit in the sun and
look at the clouds. Enjoy each and every day."
-Josephine Windhorst

Jodi's exuberance for life can be summed up with her own
words taken from the article "My Bucket List" that she wrote
after her transplant.

Jodi was preceded in death by her husband Curtis
Windhorst, her parents James Odum (father), and Josephine
Odum (mother), Gertrude Williams (sister), John Massey
(brother), Leanas Frazier (sister), Phyliss Fisher (sister),
Marion Terry (sister), Jimmie Chojnacky (sister), Gypsy
Mindykowski (sister), Franklin Odum (brother), Walter
Massey Jr. (brother), and her cat Wishbone.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory; Melissa Richardson
(daughter), Crystal Funderburk (daughter), Noah Funderburk
(grandson), Alan Odum (brother), Lorna Bailey (sister),
Stormy Blackburn (sister), her lifelong best friend Patty King,
and a host of aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, extended family,
and friends whom she loved like family.

If you want to find Jodi today, she will be the angel sitting on
her grandson's right shoulder, as she promised him she would
forever be.

In lieu of flowers the family ask that you will kindly consider
making a donation in her honor to the Alpha-1 Foundation at
www.alpha1.org.
 
Published in The Gazette from May 10 to June 9, 2015
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