Connersville – Joanna Morgan was born March 3, 1933 to John and Anna Criss in Cleves, Ohio. She died peacefully on February 18, 2022, though the cruel decline from dementia had taken her from her loved ones slowly over the past five years.

She and her husband, Richard (Dick) Morgan, married and made their home in Connersville in the mid 1950s. Together they owned and operated businesses and rentals in Connersville and Liberty including Morgan Auto Sales, Whitewater Valley Speedway, Morgan Marine Sales, and Morgan Mufflers. Though they worked hard, they always made time to enjoy life together. They were avid travelers, tennis players, boaters, race fans and gardeners.

Joanna was always an amazing cook and a talented gardener and decorator. In her later years, Joanna continued to enjoy her lifelong passions of home décor, flower gardening, and cooking. She also continued to manage her rental properties at an age when others were well into retirement, finding joy in interacting with so many people as a landlord.

Joanna was predeceased by her parents, her husband, and a sister, Margaret. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Paul Brack of Connersville; a granddaughter, Nikol Prieto, of Indianapolis; a grandson, Ryan Colley, of Los Angeles, CA; and four great grandchildren, Lily and Ryker Prieto and Morgan and Fynnley Colley-Brask. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren will cherish memories of their ‘Cupcake’.

The family would like to thank the staff at Forest Park of Richmond and Majestic Care of Connersville for their care and kindness over the last three years. Special thanks to Becky Pilgrim who was incredibly compassionate. It meant so much to her family.

We are grateful for the sympathy, love, and support of Paul’s children: Gabe and Darlene Brack of Indianapolis (sons Dalton, Tyson and Dylan); Stephanie and Jim Gansert of Plantation, FL; and Jessica and Joe Wells (daughter Lola) of Connersville.

Per Joanna’s wishes, the family will have private services to honor her memory later this year. If others would like to honor her memory, please consider a donation to fight Alzheimer’s Disease at

Urban Winkler Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements.

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