Jasmine Joy Mertz was called to heaven on October 5th, 2018 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, ND. A remembrance service will be held on November 2, 2018 at 7 PM at Bismarck Funeral Home.
Jasmine is now reunited with her grandpa LeRoy R. Mertz (deceased 2009) and great-grandma Eunice Dworshak (deceased 2014). Jasmine will be truly missed by her adopted mother and father/grandparents; Connie (Russ) Godejohn, biological father Jody Mertz, aunt and uncle Kitty (Dale) Franchuk, uncle Travis Dahl and her three cousins Brianna, Branden, and Brett Franchuk. Along with other very special family members and Doug (Carol) Dworshak, Melissa Dworshak, Brad Graff, Ronald Dworshak, Vern(Linda) Dworshak, Darryl Chenoweth and aunt Sharon(Tim) Cronamiller, cousins, Rick, Dale(Lori) Chenoweth, Tina(Brian) Jackson, Peggy Nolden, and Betty Mertz.
Jasmine was born August 1, 2001 at Saint Alexius hospital in Bismarck. Jasmine was born only weighing 4 lbs. 8 oz. full-term, which caused her to have developmental delays from birth. Through her 17 years of life she was diagnosed with asthma, Crohn’s disease, and protein deficiency in her blood. Jasmine had been seeing numerous specialists since birth. Jasmine was a fighter from the beginning. Her parents were unable to provide the necessary care for her, so Jasmine was adopted by her grandparents Russ and Connie Godejohn shortly after birth. They lived in Tappen, North Dakota until 2008. Jasmine then moved to Mandan, North Dakota with her adopted mother Connie and her biological father Jody Mertz.
Jasmine then attended Mandan public schools starting in the third grade. At the time of her death, Jasmine was a special needs student attending the 10th grade at Mandan High School. She would always say how she loved all the faculty and students while attending these schools: Fort Lincoln elementary school, Mandan middle school and MHS. Jasmine was blessed to have such great teachers. She said one day her dream was to become a teacher’s helper so she could do things to help other kids like her like her teachers helped her.
Jasmine‘s favorite past time was playing with her puppy Button, reading books, playing with her cards, doing homework, and spending time with her family and friends. One of her most favorite things of all were the long drives by the river. She enjoyed stopping in the park to eat chicken nuggets from Burger King.
The family would like to offer a special thank you to Dr. Lisa Kozel. She is beyond an ordinary doctor. She showed love and compassion to Jasmine throughout her 17 years of life. Dr. Kozel was a guardian angel who not only provided medical support to Jasmine, but also gave emotional support to her mother (Connie). She was also their friend. There is not one word out there to describe someone like Dr. Lisa Kozel. Thank you from the bottom of our heart for everything you have done for both Jasmine and her mother. Also a special thanks to Dr. Samuel Anim from Sanford Children’s Hospital in Fargo, ND.