Jennifer L. Varner

Jennifer L. Varner
April 25, 1965 – January 29, 2021

Preceded in death by, mother, Peggy Strom; infant daughter, Grace. Survived by husband, Jim; children: Ian, Evan and Emma; father, Allen Strom (Diane); sister, Jill Schuetze (Lynn).

Vigil Service: Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021,  7PM West Center Chapel, with family receiving friends from 5:00-7:00pm. Mass of Christian Burial: Thursday, February 4th, 10:00am,  St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church (6116 Dodge Street).

Private Interment: Calvary

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church.


  • Clarice Murnan Posted January 30, 2021 6:34 pm

    Dear Jim and family, Jennifer was always such a happy person and great friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. My Longaberger memories would not be complete without thought of Jen.

    • Marion Cimino Posted January 31, 2021 2:08 pm

      I will miss Jennifer’s beautiful smiling face. She never complained. She and your family will still continue to be in my prayers.

  • LaVonne Reineke-Wulf Posted January 30, 2021 7:16 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Jennifer’s passing. Prayers to all of the family.

  • Pam and Abe Salehi Posted January 30, 2021 9:29 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Jennifer and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Connie Scasny Posted January 30, 2021 10:01 pm

    Ian and FAMILY
    It is with a heavy heart I write this note to tell you all how sad I am to hear of Jennifer’s passing. While I haven’t been active in your life Ian since you were my student, I think of you often and when at church I am always hopeful I will see you and your family. Jennifer was a wonderful parent and I loved working with her as your teacher. You and all my students entered my life and heart becoming a part of me and always a part of my life. And love. If there is anything I can do during this time, if you need me .for any thing at all please call or email. Ian, If can be of any help for you. I am available. My prayers are with you all. God Bless you and hold you in his hands. Love, Connie Scasny

  • Judith Regan Posted January 31, 2021 10:44 am

    May God bring healing peace to Jennifer’s family and she begins her journey with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  • Mary Rae Gibbons Posted January 31, 2021 11:32 am

    We will surely miss this most beautiful person, both inside and out. Jennifer Rest In Peace. Your job is finish. God bless you all.

  • Donald Schinzel Posted January 31, 2021 1:40 pm

    Jim and Family I was so sorry to hear Jennifer’s passing. She was a good friend and was always so kind to me. You Jennifer are in my prayers

  • Dcn Chuck and Susan Adams Posted January 31, 2021 2:54 pm

    Dear Jim, Ian, Evan, Emma and Jennifer’s family,
    We are deeply saddened that Jennifer is no longer among us. Her light shined so brightly on so many. She will be remembered as someone who was like no other. Her endless generosity, heartfelt kindness, example of faith and self-giving, welcoming spirit, deep joy and so much more have left an imprint on the lives of family and friends alike. No one was a stranger to Jennifer In the years since her cancer diagnosis, you have done all that love could do for her. We all need time to grieve, time to come to grips with all that has happened. As you sift through your memories, keep only the best ones that make you smile, and let them slowly heal your broken hearts. We will join and pray with you from Arizona via livestream for the funeral on Thursday. May God hold your hurting hearts in His loving embrace and give you strength to bear your sorrow as you transition from loving Jennifer in presence to loving her in separation.

  • Carey and Eli Hernandez Posted January 31, 2021 5:25 pm

    Jennifer was so kind, loving and welcoming. She will be greatly missed but forever in our hearts and prayers.

  • Jeff and Cathy Hausman Posted January 31, 2021 7:45 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Jennifer was such a bright light. I loved spending Sundays with her and Kara caring for the little ones at Sunday School. There were so many beautiful moments where Jennifer’s goodness shown through. I feel fortunate to have had Jennifer in my life, and I’m sure many others will echo the sentiment. Thank you for sharing her.

  • Julie Erhart Posted January 31, 2021 10:11 pm

    Jim and Family…..I was so sad to hear of Jen’s passing. She was always such a joy to be around. She was so fun loving and a very dear person. I hope the wonderful memories of this special Mom and wife will help you through these difficult times. Hugs and prayers to all of you!❤️

  • Kathy Varner and Family Posted February 1, 2021 6:24 am

    We will miss Jennifer so much. She loved her husband and children so much and shared her laughter, thoughtfulness and joy for life with everyone. Rest in peace.

  • Peg Emory Posted February 1, 2021 10:07 am

    Dear Jim, Ian, Evan and Emma ~ My deepest sympathy to Jennifer’s family at this very sad time. I have great memories of her and I pray that you can treasure all the wonderful memories that you shared with her. I will never forget her beautiful smile. RIP Jennifer ~

  • Don & Charlotte Whitten Posted February 1, 2021 10:08 am

    Jim, Ian, Evan & Emma: Our hearts are broken as we know yours are. We loved her dearly and will always cherish the fond memories of our times together with her. She truly touched our lives with her bubbly personality, her smile and her caring and loving attitude. She not only touched our lives but the lives of everyone she met. She will be truly missed by all of us. God Bless You and we continue to pray for all of you. Love & Hugs~~Charlotte & Don

  • Peg Emory Posted February 1, 2021 10:09 am

    Dear Jim, Ian, Evan and Emma ~ My deepest sympathy to Jennifer’s family at this very sad time. I have great memories of her and I pray that you can treasure all the wonderful memories that you shared with her. I will never forget her beautiful smile.

  • Bill and Karen Thomas Posted February 1, 2021 3:25 pm

    Jim, Our sincere sympathy to you and your family. May your faith be your strength. She is now at peace and does not have to suffer any more. She is on her beautiful journey now.

  • Elaine & Ed Svoboda Posted February 1, 2021 5:05 pm

    Jen made a big difference for funeral lunches at St. Margaret Mary’s Church. She was quite the organizer and will be surely missed!

  • Darla Jacob and family Posted February 1, 2021 5:25 pm

    We are sending our deepest sympathy in the loss of Jennifer. She always had a greeting smile and a laugh that you knew Jennifer had arrived. Our cousin reunions will never be the same. God Bless you all.

  • Liz Sigler Posted February 1, 2021 6:19 pm

    Jennifer was a great person I have ever known the past several years, she was outgoing, always loved making conversation with her, I loved seeing her at church, church activities, and all other places I saw her. I’ll miss seeing her often as I always did the past several years! She lived life to the fullest is the important thing to remember and she’ll always look over you from this day forward! Thinking of you often at this difficult time with love and light!

  • JOHN AND MARVA VARNER Posted February 1, 2021 7:30 pm

    Dear Jim, Ian, Evan and Emma, We are so sorry for your loss of Jennifer. Please know our deepest sympathy and prayers are with you. She is now out of pain and resting peacefully. God bless her and all of you.

  • John and Marva Varner Posted February 1, 2021 7:53 pm

    We are so sorry for the loss of Jennifer. Please know our deepest sympathy and prayers are with you. She is now out of pain and resting peacefully. God Bless her and all of you.

  • Jim and Marlene Posted February 1, 2021 11:09 pm

    Jim and family – We are sorry to hear of Jennifer’s passing. She had such a cute sense of humor and a beautiful smile. She will be missed. She is in our prayers.

  • Craig family Posted February 2, 2021 10:21 am

    Our deepest condolences to your family. Jennifer was a wonderful person. She was welcoming and brightened the room with her energy and enthusiasm. We are grateful for the years of service your family provided. Jennifer’s dedication to serving children and teens will be greatly missed. Peace be with you all.

  • Dan Schinzel Posted February 2, 2021 2:05 pm

    The entire Schinzel family was blessed to have been touched by the joyful, gentle and kind spirit of Jennifer. We will miss her dearly.

  • Jo Rasmussen Posted February 2, 2021 4:12 pm

    I will always remember the super-organized, fun, energetic Jennifer at Vacation Bible School. She just lit up the room and the kids always responded. The entire parish was blessed by her many gifts! My prayers and blessings to the family and to our parish that she loved and touched in a very real way.

  • Krista Anderson Posted February 2, 2021 8:38 pm

    Dear Varner family,

    Our hearts grieve with yours. Jennifer so beautifully lived out her faith in love and service. The lives she touched will continue to reflect the light of Christ that burned bright in her. She went out of her way to get things done for our parish and for me personally. Today I praise God for Jennifer Varner and the gift of her life!

  • Rita Ramos Posted February 3, 2021 10:10 am

    Jim and family, praying for the family. Jennifer was such a great lady. One of the best. Was hoping to make the funeral, but my dad ended up in the hospital. Hope to watch on live stream. May God provide to you everything you need.

  • Tom & Shari Samek Posted February 3, 2021 12:16 pm

    So sorry Jim. Our prayers are with you and your family. Tom

  • Amy Williams Posted February 3, 2021 3:09 pm

    We are praying for your family in this time of grief. Jennifer leaves behind a beautiful legacy in the many lives she touched and in the young people she inspired to continue growing in their faith. The light and love she shared with others will be remembered by all in our parish community. We will miss her dearly.

  • Dave Dare Posted February 3, 2021 4:22 pm

    Jim and Family:
    Jen was a special gift to all of us in the SMM community. Never without an opinion, often times my conscience and guidance on issues where we might disagree (the one about why the boys basketball teams could no longer practice “shirts vs. skins” was particularly memorable), but always with a caring heart, and that “knowing” smile. I will miss my friend Jennifer dearly. The impression she left on myself, and many others, will be lasting. We have no doubt she is in a better place. My deepest sympathies. Dave .

  • Bruce Swett Posted February 4, 2021 9:14 am

    “She is more than
    a good woman and
    a good person. She is
    a beautiful soul
    who carries
    light in her smile
    and love in her bones.”
    ― Pierre Alex Jeanty, Her

    Our condolences to the Varner family, Jennifer will be missed.

  • Jeanne & Robb Spence Posted February 4, 2021 9:50 am

    We are so sorry to hear about Jennifer’s passing! Our prayers go out to you all and hope the memories of her bring you peace, inspiration, and a few chuckles. She was always looking for ways to bring people together, to find reasons to smile, and to see Christ working in and with her every day!

  • The Gering Family Posted February 4, 2021 10:10 am

    Our family was so blessed to have Jennifer in our lives. She embodied hope, love, kindness and the face of God. We will miss her and will continue to pray for peace, comfort and love during this time.
    Love, Ray, Kelly, Sam, Kate and Claire Gering

  • Mary Jo Hanigan Posted February 4, 2021 10:27 am

    Jennifer’s life is absolute certainty that God creates beauty and love…some people, like Jennifer, are just better at sharing their gifts! And what a gift she was to her family, her parish and to everyone who knew her. Her life had a tremendous positive and loving influence on so many. That beauty will live on forever! Our prayers to the Varner family.

  • Suzanne carlson Posted February 4, 2021 10:29 am

    All my sympathy!, you will be missed.

  • Anthone’s Posted February 4, 2021 11:50 am

    She will be missed. Our prayers are with her and the family

  • Rosemary Mangiameli Posted February 4, 2021 2:53 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Jennifer. She was always such a giver and such a talented and kind person. May God Rest her Soul. My condolences to the family!

  • Molly Garriott Posted February 5, 2021 10:43 am

    Jim and family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Jen was pure joy and one of those rare people who truly radiated Christ’s love to others. She touched each member of our family, from Sunday school to ski trips, and we are grateful for it. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now. Peace, The Garriott family

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