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Joanna Szustakiewicz Jester

April 5, 1978 — March 4, 2023

Joanna (Jojo) Szustakiewicz Jester, age 44, passed away on March 4, 2023.
Joanna was born on April 5, 1978, to Elizabeth and Chester Szustakiewicz in Chicago, IL. She lived her life as an insulin dependent Type 1 diabetic, but that didn’t stop her from loving her family, her lifelong friends, her dogs, and life in general.
Jojo graduated from Illinois State University in 2000 and was an educator for nearly twenty years, working in schools in the Statesville community. Early in her career she made the brave decision to move away from friends and family to teach in North Carolina, where there was the greatest need. That decision led to Jojo finding love with Michael, and joy from all the students and fellow teachers with whom she crossed paths. In 2014, Jojo received the North Carolina Teacher of the Year award, an honor of which she was incredibly proud. She embraced being a teacher with her whole heart and cherished all of her students, often staying in touch with them and cheering on their successes as they grew up and went off to college.
Joanna was a loving wife and is survived by her strong, devoted husband of 15 years, Michael Jester, and her stepson Tristan, as well as her parents Elizabeth and Chester and her sister Dorothy (Daniel) Heckle. She was proud aunt to Jake and Ali, and cherished by her aunts, uncles and cousins. She is preceded in death by her grandparents.
A Celebration of Life will be held Friday evening from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Elks Lodge, 1251 Radio Rd., Statesville, NC 28677. A second memorial will also be held at the St. Charles Moose Lodge on Saturday, April 1st from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) https://www2.jdrf.org/site/Donation2?idb=646621494&df_id=2374&mfc_pref=T&2374.donation=form1 .
Nicholson Funeral Home is honored to serve the Jester family.
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Friday, March 10, 2023

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