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JAKOBFI, Jennifer Lynn

July 15, 1987 – Calgary, Alberta
December 11, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Jenn, beloved wife of John Drinkwalter of Calgary, passed away on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at the age of 27. Jenn is survived by her husband and was the proud mother to Lucas, 6, and Evelyn, 4. She will be dearly missed by father John Jakobfi and siblings Wendy (Kevin) Nilsen, Melissa (Igor) Senek, and Matt Jakobfi, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her mother Cheryl in 2009.

Jenn was born in Calgary, where she grew up in Lincoln Park and attended Jennie Elliott Elementary. In 1998, Jenn and her family moved to Victoria, B.C. for a memorable two years before she returned to Calgary, eventually graduating from Central Memorial High in 2005. Shortly after her graduation, she met John, and they spent the next nine years building a life together, welcoming their children Lucas and Evelyn to the world in 2008 and 2010.

Jenn’s children were the light of her life, and she treasured her family. It was not, however, only her family members who often found themselves on the receiving end of her unmatched capacity for love, warmth, and compassion. Jenn’s selflessness touched countless people, and her positivity and optimism were seemingly limitless, even as she bravely battled the illness that took her life far too soon. She will be dearly missed, and always remembered.

Funeral services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary AB) on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 10:00 a.m., followed by a Graveside service at Queen’s Park Cemetery and a reception at First Church of the Nazarene (65 Richard Way S.W.).

A trust fund has been set up to benefit Jenn’s young family. In lieu of gifts or flowers, should friends desire, contributions can be made to the Jenn Jakobfi Drinkwalter Trust Fund at the Royal Bank of Canada (Transit #08039 003, Account #5031646; cheques can be made out to Nikki Drinkwalter IN TRUST for Jenn Jakobfi). Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

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  1. I was so sad to learn of Jenn’s passing and I offer my deepest condolences to her family.

    I knew Jenn through my daughter Sophie, who was close friends with her all through high-school and afterwards. Jenn spent many sleep-over evenings at our house during that time. She was a bright, lovely soul and gave her love and happiness freely.

    I will always remember her beautiful smile and she will always hold a corner of my heart.

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  2. George & Edy Chamberlain :

    We were saddened with the news of Jenn’s passing. Although we had only recently met her, we were moved by her selflessness and her caring ways with Lucas and Evelyn. Our hearts go our to her family. Give them the strength to face the future.
    Sending our love and condolences.
    George & Edy Chamberlain

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  3. Harold and Fran Steinwand :

    A beautiful wife and mother. We love you Jenn and will miss you Our prayers are with you John and your family at this very difficult time. God’s peace with you Love Harold and Fran

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  4. Pam and John daley :

    Brian and family..so sorry to hear of the loss of John’s wife Jennifer..our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time…take care sending love Pam and John xoxo

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  5. Bill Bellingham :

    Melissa and Matt. So sorry to hear of Jenn’s passing. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen or communicated with you guys. I’ll always remember my visits with you with fondness. Jenn was a beautiful and gentle spirit. My condolences to you both and to her husband and children.

    Uncle Bill

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  6. Brenda Fishley :

    I am so sorry to hear of Jennifers death. She was a very nice and caring woman. She will be missed by many.

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  7. We are blessed to have had Jenn in our lives and will miss her kindred spirit and gentle ways. She will continue to live in our hearts always.

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  8. John, Lucas & Evelyn,
    I am so sad to hear about Jenn’s passing, may you find strength in the love of family and in the warm embrace of friends and neighbours someone so young should never have to leave so soon. “Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us everyday. Unseen, unheard, but always near, so loved, so missed, so very dear.”

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  9. A heart of gold stopped beating.
    Hard working hands at rest.
    God broke our hearts to prove to us he only takes the best.
    The leaves and flowers may wither, the golden sun may set.
    But the hearts that loved her so dearly, are the ones who won’t forget.

    Our thoughts are with you all and we are blessed to have known Jenn for the short time that we did. She was a beautiful person and will be missed deeply.

    Love Lisa, Riley, Rhys (Chapman) & Eleanor Bolen
    Neighbours accross the street

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  10. Amy Komierowski :

    I’m so sorry for your loss. All Jenn’s family, especially Lucas and Evelyn, are in the thoughts and prayers of so many at this sad time.

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  11. Maureen Khallad :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are so sad to hear of the loss of Jenn much too soon. Much hugs to you all from your Think Sun family.

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  12. Cargojet Family :

    Jakobfi & Drinkwalter Family;

    Our heart felt condolences on the loss of a special daughter, mother and wife.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    Cargojet Calgary Staff.

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  13. Sabina Szilagyi :

    My sincere condolences to Jenn’s family. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen her, but she was always such a happy and positive person in spite of her situation. Strong and beautiful woman indeed.

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  14. Rudy and Rhonda Stel :

    John:
    I never got to know Jenn. I just know that you loved her very much and I tried to show you some love by helping build a wheelchair ramp for you and Jenn. I am sorry you have to go through this. It is much too early to have to part ways. I have no eloquent words or profound thoughts. I am just praying that you hang in there and end up believing this: “that if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you” (Romans 8:11)
    If we don’t have this to hang on to, then what is there? John, we love you and your family. Rest in peace, Jenn, see you soon.

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  15. Jennifer Reisinger :

    I am so very sorry for your families loss. I see Lucas and his warm smile everyday at school and my thoughts and prayers are with you all. I pray for you all to have the strength to get through this difficult and sad time.

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  16. Ruth Bellingham (gramma) :

    My heartfelt sympathy to all Jenns family and loved ones. Sorry I can’t be there in person but I am in spirit. You will always keep her memory in your hearts. May God give you His peace during this difficult time. Love and prayers. Gramma Bellingham.

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  17. I have been so saddened by this loss but I rejoice knowing that Jenn is right now with her Savior!
    I continue to pray for all of you for peace and comfort during this difficult time.
    God bless all of you
    Much love from Aunt Sue (Bellingham) and Uncle Gord

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  18. Even though we never got to know Jenn, we know she is now in heaven and we will see her someday. John, Lucas & Evelyn – our deepest sympathies to you and your extended family. You are incredibly loved by God and your church family at First Naz.

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  19. Steven Sherber :

    My family and I wish to extend our deepest heartfelt sympathies for your recent loss.

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