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Jennifer Lynn O'Connor Memorial Fund

Organized by: Kathy Bittrich

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THE STORY:

Jennifer died August 10, 2014 losing her final battle with cancer. 46 years old, three children, eight siblings. Jen was reunited with her children and siblings 11 months ago and what we didn't know then was how much we would learn from her about the power of love and family. Jen left her children and cut off contact with most of her family 7 years ago and reconnected intermittently. Breast cancer and the love for her children brought her back to us 11 months ago with the goal of reconnecting and repairing chains of love that can never be fully broken. Her prognosis was 2 months to live in September 2013. The next 11 months provided time and hope. While one person's journey can never be fully understood, what can be known is the gifts you receive from being a part of someone else's journey. The last 11 months have allowed Jen's three children - Joey (19), Jill (17) and Julia (14) - to renew their connection to their cousins, aunts and uncles. Through this journey of reconnection we have all learned that love and family will always be what sustains a person. As Jen's children continue their life journey the family is asking for donations to a memorial fund that will sustain her children's basic needs - education, clothing, food and shelter. Each child has different needs - Joe loves to cook and he is working to support himself - Jillian is 17 and has asked Uncle Richie to take on her guardianship, with hopes of finishing high school, finding a part time job and start an education in something she loves - Julia is supported by her father and step-mother in a loving family with older step brothers and would enjoy staying connected as often as possible to her brother and sister. While Jen could not contribute or provide any of these things for her children, we would like to begin a vehicle to support their journey. Through Crowdrise, we have created a memorial fund that is designed to meet the basic needs of the children - education, clothing, food and shelter.

$3,035

 

6% Raised of $50,000 Goal

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  • Kathy Bittrich

    $50

  • Ann Freeley

    $100

  • Kathleen, Tim and Molly Potter & Anne O'Connor

    $200

  • Steve, Kim, Greg and Olivia Kay

    $50

  • John, Sheila, Ashley and Caitlin

    $50

  • Jim camp

    $100

  • Julie Johnson

    $50

  • The Rice Family

    $100

  • The Collins Family

    $50

  • Martha St. Onge

    $25

  • Your Lightbody Lane and Farm Friends in Maine

    $75

  • Kevin Howe

    $10

  • Ed & Carol Bride

    $25

  • The Russello Family

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Betsey,Bob, Robert, Kathleen Zanelli

    $200

  • Marie Freeley

    $100

  • Bob and Denise Carberry

    $200

  • The George Family

    $250

  • Pat Burns

    $25

  • Jennifer Lesperance

    $100

  • Anna Riedinger

    $25

  • The Coyne Family

    $50

  • Anne O'Connor/Hennessey

    $500

  • Ellen O'Connor Souvigney

    $100

  • Conroy's, Walsh's, Lagasse's

    $400

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Organized by

Kathy Bittrich

This is a direct to organizer fundraiser.

Donor Comments

Conroy's, Walsh's, Lagasse's

Conroy's, Walsh's, Lagasse's

DONATION: $400

4 years ago

Ellen O'Connor Souvigney

Ellen O'Connor Souvigney

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Anne O'Connor/Hennessey

Anne O'Connor/Hennessey

DONATION: $500

4 years ago

The Coyne Family

The Coyne Family

DONATION: $50

We're so sorry to hear of loss of your sister. Hoping this donation can help in some small way with her children. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. 4 years ago

Anna Riedinger

Anna Riedinger

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Jennifer Lesperance

Jennifer Lesperance

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Pat Burns

Pat Burns

DONATION: $25

I am thinkging of you all 4 years ago

The George Family

The George Family

DONATION: $250

4 years ago

Bob and Denise Carberry

Bob and Denise Carberry

DONATION: $200

Beautiful service yesterday. Jennifer has a wonderful and loving family, and their love is really helping Julia. Thank you Jennifer for the legacy of your children, and may you be at peace with God. 4 years ago

Marie Freeley

Marie Freeley

DONATION: $100

With deepest sympathies to all of the O'Connor family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. 4 years ago

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