Pastor Johnice C. Orduña September 12, 1950-December 17, 2021

Pastor Johnice C. Orduña was born to
Bernice Bragg and John Pierce in Omaha, Nebraska.  Her gift and love for learning began early at Long
Elementary school through the 5th grade.  She then attended Experimental 6th grade at Kellom School for exceptional children of color.  She went to Technical Jr. High until she was selected to attend Central High to prepare for college.  While at Central, she was a member of CHS Acapella Choir, Thespians, and was an Honor student in all her subjects.

She was the younger sibling to her two older sisters, Johnice was always a voice of wisdom.  As a child she sat at her grandfather’s feet, Pastor Leroy Bragg to listen while he wrote his sermons.  Baptized at age 8, she worshipped at her grandfather’s church, New Hope Baptist Church until age 10.  At the age of 11 she joined Calvin Memorial Presbyterian Church.  She was a camp counselor and youth church leader.  Through her church involvement, she became very active in the civil rights and anti-war movements.  Johnice had an appearance in “A Time for Burning” with other Black youth to talk about church integration.

In 2012 Johnice accepted a calling for Pastor of Pohocco Lutherna Church where she pastored for over nine years.

Nothing brought her greater joy than spending time with her family.  She was preceded in death by son, Benjamin Orduña, brother, Michael Brooks, parents Berniece Bragg Beck, James Beck and John Pierce, Jr.  She is survived by children Vincent J. Orduña, Jeanna Orduña Repass (Kyle), Matthew Orduña (Tinia); sisters Carole Ann Cartwright-King (Edward), Nola Jean Jeanpierre (Joseph), Lorraine Beck, brother John Pierce III (Lillian), grandchildren, best friends, a host of nieces, nephews including cousins, extended family members and friends.  Funeral Services were at Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church and Interment was at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

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