JORDANA GREENBERG
2001 - 2017
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GREENBERG Jordana Nicole Greenberg "Jojo" Was born on November 2, 2001 in Washington, DC to fortunate parents, Sonya Spielberg and Jonathan Greenberg, and devoted sister, Carina Rose, and departed us on November 27, 2017. She was a vivacious, loving and warm ray of sunshine who brightened the lives of all she touched. Jojo lived a big and bold life, and her enthusiasm for life was infectious. In her short 16 years on earth, she enjoyed acting (Kids Acting Austin), painting, volleyball (St. Stephens in Austin; Metro and the AHC Tartans in the DC area), animal rights and protection (Walt Whitman), yoga teacher training (Corepower Yoga, Bethesda), working at her hair salon in Vienna, and her AA community. She travelled extensively with her family and abroad, including to: Italy, London, Paris, Belize, Canada, Alaska, Costa Rica (where she rappelled down a mountain), and all over the United States. Jojo was known for her whacky sense of humor, including ridiculous school photos and wearing intergalactic space kitten shirts The things that made her happiest in life include: her family (including 14 cousins and many loving aunts and uncles), her friends (too many to list), painting, sunsets, the way the water moved in the wind, snowboarding, music, the Best Buddies program and a genuine connection to others. She was a passionate animal rights activist and vegetarian. Jojo had a voracious appetite for adventure and had plans to join the Air Force as a paratrooper. Her favorite class at Walt Whitman was Arabic, and she hoped to use that in her career. Among her many gifts was her ability for a deep connection and spreading her infectious joy. Her family would like to thank the Bethesda, Austin and Colorado communities (and especially Walt Whitman High School and Academy of the Holy Cross) for their incredible outpouring of support. Jojo fought a hard battle against depression for years, and her heart was simply too big to hold the pain of life. Every day was a struggle, despite her sunny disposition and much friend and family support, but she is now finally at peace. Services for family and friends will be held Friday, December 1 at 1 p.m. at River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Her family would like to ask that we all reach out in a loving way every day to those who may be silently suffering, and help raise awareness for teen depression. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).Services for family and friends will be held Friday, December 1 at 1 p.m. at River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Her family would like to ask that we all reach out in a loving way every day to those who may be silently suffering, and help raise awareness for teen depression. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

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Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 1, 2017.
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March 13, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Henry R
Acquaintance
January 4, 2018
Just reading this today about this beautiful, courageous, sister, and daughter... My deepest condolences. May Jojo forever rest in peace and look after you all, for she is now your angel
Leslie
January 4, 2018
Just reading this today about this beautiful, courageous, sister, and daughter... My deepest condolences. May she rest in peace and forever be your angels
Leslie
January 2, 2018
Please accept my Deepest Sympathies
Scott Chamberland
December 31, 2017
Sonya, Jonathan and Carina, I just learned of your loss and am truly sorry. While it's been several years since we've been in contact, I have great memories of all of you and especially of Carina and JoJo as tiny little ones. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Per your wishes, I've made a contribution to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Tom R
December 14, 2017
she was an amazing dear friend to me who always told me i was the most genuine person shes ever met. She was a great person full of energy, joy, and compassion. she was a very high driven person, she could do anything she put her mind to. she was an amazing athlete and one of the most beautiful people inside and out that i have come to know. she was the sweetest person, didnt have a mean bone in her body, of the 6 months i knew her i never once saw her be intentionally mean, even if she accidentally said the wrong thing she would immediately stop and apologize. She loved people for people, she was a social butterfly and could be friends with anyone. She was always hyper and excited and reminded me of a little puppy who just always wanted to play. she accepted people for who they were, and didnt care about their flaws. she will be incredibly missed. people like her are rare, and its heart breaking to see a world without jojo. my stomach drops at the thought of me never seeing her beautiful smile again on earth, but i know its shining brighter than ever up in heaven.
Olivia Combs
Friend
December 4, 2017
Rest in peace JoJo, may love follow you up the staircase.
Hogan Hungerford
December 4, 2017
My deepest sympathy for the loss of your daughter and sister. God be with you all.
Sharon Marlow
December 4, 2017
Thank you for including me in the beautiful service on Friday. Jojo was the brightest of stars and she takes her place in the heavens to guide us all on the path of love and light she so gracefully walked.
Martha O'Day
December 4, 2017
Words cannot truly express how we feel. Our daughter met JoJo last year when she shadowed at AHC and was kind to her. May God grant you the blessings and peace during this painful and difficult time. We will continue to pray for JoJo and all those struggling with depression.
Laura L
December 3, 2017
you brought the biggest smile to everyone face that you met. and all of Auldern girls miss you so much. you will never be forgotten, love you and miss you trying to get my JB CD. i miss you so much, you made auldern so much better, but i believe that you are in a better place Jojo. love you
Rebecca Pegram
December 3, 2017
In loving memory of Jojo. An amazing role model and friend. We'll miss you
December 3, 2017
We are so sad to hear this news. There are no words. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We have very fond memories of the time Jojo was in our lives. - Joanna & Eric Trela
December 2, 2017
Sonya, Jonathan and Carina,
My prayers are with you. The heavens above us gained another star.
S. Griffith
December 2, 2017
We are thinking of you, Sonya and Carina. Of course we cannot imagine your sadness, but please know that we are so sad, too, and send you both our love. Yes, NAMI offers help and love, and we will help you support it.
Terri LeClercq Getman
December 2, 2017
So profoundly saddened by your passing! You were such a spark of energy, warmth and compassion. Your beauty showed each day in your smile; a bundle of enthusiasm and light.
I am forever grateful for being blessed with the opportunity to cross paths with you! Your spirit is indelible and your joyous light and loving spirit will be your legacy to me! Gone too soon and missed forever by your family and friends. Love you JoJo!
A. Fusco
December 2, 2017
Rylie and I have been grieving for our dear friends Sonya and Carina and their entire family. Our memories of sweet JoJo were that of an infectious spirit and a young girl that never lacked in friends that wanted to be with her. Much love to the Spielberg/Greenburg family!
Rita Stolze
December 2, 2017
Our deepest sympathies are extended to you Sonya, and Jonathan and all your family. We remember JoJo from your days in Wichita and my heart is broken for you all. I will keep you lifted up in my prayers , may our God keep His arms around you tight during this time.
Mary Jane Kilgore
December 2, 2017
We are so sorry for your loss and her passing. We hope you all can somehow cope.
Karl, Kathy and Bear Lee
December 2, 2017
Dearest Jojo, I'm so happy to have had the opportunity to meet you! Your loving and grateful energy that radiated from your heart was inspiring! I had fun watching you play with Rosco but most of all seeing the loving bond that you shared with your Dad. You will be missed greatly! You left us all a gift and that was your passion and gratitude for others and those gifts will be remembered and celebrated forever. When I think of you, I will always remember the enthusiastic emphasis you put on your words "Thank you sooo much!" In return, I thank you for sharing your genuine and loving spirit. Peace be with you Jojo!
C. Higgins
December 1, 2017
Im so very sorry that your precious daughter lost her battle with depression. I have a daughter who also suffers from this terrible disease. Its hard to understand how these smart, beautiful, gifted girls feel that they are NOT the awesome, fabulous, talented, and LOVED girls that we know. I dont have any answers. I know that you did all that you could for her because she was your most precious child. Peace, love, and prayers to you at this awful, terrible, incomprehensible time that you are living right now. She is at peace.
Kathy Gaffney
December 1, 2017
Dear Sonja, Jonathan, and Carina,
Our hearts are heavy thinking of your sadness. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers as you move through this hard time.
Marty,Amelia,Elizabeth & Sam Schlatter
Wichita KS
December 1, 2017
Lessons and Carols 2014-- St.Stephen's Episcopal School
Jojo and I were choir friends at St.Stephen's Episcopal School. I was in 8th grade and she was in 6th grade. I remember her beautiful smile and eyes. Even with our age difference, I saw her as a role model. She was a beacon of kindness and acceptance and she made my feel as a friend. I will hold her in my memory forever and make sure that the world around me does as well. I feel her presence with us every day and I know that she is at peace in the hands of God.
Mahria Farra
December 1, 2017
I am sending you my love and prayers. St. Stephen's loved Jojo and we will miss her.
December 1, 2017
December 1,2017

Thinking of you in your time of sorrow. May God give you the strength to endure. He will comfort you and give you peace as you mourn the loss of your beloved daughter. Psalm 94:17-19
December 1, 2017
Ava and I are so sorry we can't be with you today to celebrate Jojo's life, but we are sending you much love and light. Ava and I have made a joint donation to NAMI in memory of Jojo's courageous battle. Love, Carla
Carla McDonald
December 1, 2017
I love you Jojo and I always will. Thank you for inspiring us all to be better. We love you so much. See you on the other side. #ForJojo
Philip Silverman
Philip Silverman
Friend
December 1, 2017
#ForJojo
I love you Jojo! Your kindness has inspired us all! We miss you! Thank you for making everyone you knew happy1
Philip Silverman
Philip Silverman
December 1, 2017
I am so sorry for your great loss. Children are a gift from our creator.( Psalm 127:3) James 1:17) I wish you peace to help you cope, and bring you comfort. Courage to face the days ahead, and the loving memories to be the very tool to move on. May our creator continue to comfort you. ( 23rd Psalm)
MV
December 1, 2017
I hope faith, family, and friends sustain you through this tragedy. Know that community members you don't know, such as myself, mourn with you.
Nancy Malan
December 1, 2017
Sonya, I am so saddened to hear of the loss of your beautiful daughter JoJo. Praying for you to find strength in your faith and comfort from your family and friends.
Sandy Beverly
November 30, 2017
My oldest daughter is a sophomore at Whitman and, although she did not know your daughter very well, she spoke so highly of Jojo. I want to send you my deepest and sincerest sympathies. Please feel the comfort of strangers like myself and my family at this most horrific time in your families' life. Sending love and healing prayers. Lisa Friedlander
lisa friedlander
November 30, 2017
May you forever be in Gods memory.
November 30, 2017
I never knew you but I knew your mom and I know with her genes you must have been an amazing person. I will keep your family in my thoughts and I hope you finally have the peace you so longed for.
Diane Cherry
November 30, 2017
I cannot imagine the pain you all are going through, but I will continue to keep Jojo and your family in my prayers. May God bless you and your family in this time of grief and sorrow.
November 30, 2017
You were such a problem solver, go getter and advocate for what you deserved. You role modeled the behavior you expected of others. So wise, introspective, compassionate, and empathetic to yourself as well as others. I love you and I will truly miss knowing your energy is no longer on this earth. You will be missed so very much. May God bless you young lady.
S. Hawkins
Acquaintance
November 30, 2017
JoJo brought light and joy into the Middle School at St. Stephen's. No one's eyes sparkle like hers did. I am so terribly sorry for your loss. I hope that the joy she brought others can bring you a bit of comfort at this sad and tragic time.
Cecelia Stewart
November 30, 2017
My daughter Miriam Kessler and I are heartbroken over the death of Jojo. We wish we could be with you at her service and send our love and prayers to lift you up after such a loss that can never be understood.
Anne Alexander
Classmate
November 29, 2017
Saddened by the news of Jordana's death. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and her friends during this most difficult time. May you feel the comfort, strength and support from your community, family and friends as you grieve and heal during the sudden and tragic loss of your precious daughter JoJo.

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