In Memoriam: Johann Cozart
- Written by Susan Setterlin
Johann Cozart, dedicated member and volunteer for Columbus Audubon and the Grange Insurance Audubon Center passed away on Friday, June 29, after a battle with cancer.
Johann, known for her dedication to Columbus Audubon and GIAC will be missed terribly. No volunteer job was too hard for her. She relished working with students in the after school program at South Side Settlement and they really responded to her mentorship. She shared her passion for birds and nature with anyone who would listen, touching the countless lives she crossed. Despite some health challenges, she was one of the volunteers who were with the GIAC from the beginning and who helped to make it the success that it is today. In fact, Johann seemed to be at just about every public event at the Center, helping in any way she could.
Because of her dedication, Columbus Audubon presented her with a Song Sparrow award several years ago and GIAC named its annual volunteer award The Johann Cozart Exemplary Volunteer Award, making her the first to receive it. A memorial service was held on Sunday, July 1, at GIAC with her many siblings, family and friends present to share in her life. Contributions in Johann's memory can be made to GIAC or Columbus Audubon's John Wilson Education Fund.
She never met a stranger and her sense of humor was enjoyed by all. Johann, we wish you the peace you deserve and appreciate how you made our lives better for knowing you.