Life Story / Obituary
Jordanna Lynn Gastrow, age 51, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, December 29, 2022, at Ascension All Saints Hospital. She was born in Racine, September 23, 1971, daughter of William and Ruth (Nee: West) Gastrow.
Jordanna's early schooling was anchored in a global mindset; advanced by Prairie School and Racine Christian. Later, she attended J.I. Case High School and graduated from Wm Horlick High School.
Her professional life was launched at UW Communications and Web-design. Then it took her into high intensity Harvard Law Negotiations and Contracts Project Management, usually at the Global level.
Jordanna began her career at CRO PAREXEL moved through Ethics & Compliance at TAP to GRPD at Abbott to finally being responsible for US outsourcing at Danish Lundbec.
The past 5 years she actively participated with Photographers & Models in Chicago area. Many of her model shoots highlight elegant and impressive costumes and gowns. She produced "Enchantress of Winter", a meticulously conducted 2021 event that was highly appreciated by all participants.
Jordanna was so full of life and vibrant in her interactions with the kids events of which she volunteered. She was recognized as Volunteer of the Year at Kenosha's Rhode Center of Art, where she brought Children's Production into reality through writing, producing, directing, and costuming sell-out performances. She and her mother were responsible for over 20 years at Waterford High School Madrigals and for 15 years at Horlick, creating some of the most beautiful costumes and teaching the kids about aspects of the historical period. Undoubtedly she was onto more exciting projects influencing and teaching high-schoolers & children with her deep rooted spiritual life
She was an internationally recognized Costume designer specializing in Elizabethan, Civil War and Edwardian costumes. She participated in Miniature Scale model shows presenting models she designed & built along with her mother. She partnered with her mother in designing discreet clothing for patients with medical devices. She researched, designed, resourced and built the Madrigal Banner, with over 3500 jewels, honoring past Director Tony Pavao.
Jordanna was unique in many ways - she was full of life and a child at heart. She was a very caring and sympathetic person, who would go out of her way to provide a heater to a homeless person late on a wintry night and had a soft heart for animals.
She was passionate and considerate, but she did not march to anyone else's music. She created her own path which she walked on proudly while contributing to the lives of many along her way. She touched many lives in meaningful ways. She was significant in the life of Feroz Ahmed, who she met while modeling, with whom she was seeking to build a life. She was close with his children Zakariah, Mariam, Khatija and Asiya who all loved her much and whom she loved deeply.
Jordanna was a near perfect daughter to both her Mom & Dad. She is survived by her loving mother, Ruth Gastrow; her two kittys, Millie and Peanut, Feroz and family; other relatives and many dear friends.
She is preceded in death by her grandparents A E & Thyra West, William & Edna Gastrow, her father William Gastrow, special Grandparents Col. & Mrs Ben C. Chapla. aunts and uncles.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the funeral home, Saturday, January 21, 2023, 4 pm with Michael Jenkins officiating. Relatives and friends may meet prior to the service, 2-4 pm. Interment will be held at Caledonia Memorial Park Monday January 23, 2023, 1 pm.
The service will be live streamed and may be viewed by going to the funeral home website, select Jordanna's page, select service, and select live stream.
Jordanna was an avid supporter of Organ Donation Program and selflessly was an Organ Donor.