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Happy 43rd Birthday Jennifer 🏝🦈 ⛵️ 🗺 🍜 ✈️ 🎂 ❤️

Welcome to the online memorial of Jennifer Katherine Olsen of Chicago.
A place for all who knew and loved her, to share thoughts, stories, memories and photos of the beautiful and wonderful soul that was Jennifer.

She may not have reached all her dreams, but she certainly left her mark, and it’s with immense sadness that the reality of a world without Jen, has become real; but let her stories, her thoughts, her achievements and love, live on forever in these pages.

I learnt of Jennifer’s death weeks after her funeral and below is the tribute I would have given, had I attended her funeral. It’s our story but this site isn’t just about Jen and I, it’s about her story, and everyone who was a part of her life, so please any memory or photos you have, click on ‘share a memory’ to help build a full timeline of the short but rich and wonderful life of Jennifer Olsen.

In loving memory of Jennifer K Olsen
15th March 1976 — 21st January 2019

– Jade Jackson
(close friend in Australia)

Our Fondest Memories of Jen

Photos of Jennifer

Photo galleries of Jen can be found in multiple blog posts like this one.. You can view all blog posts here. You can also search ‘photos’ using the website search function.

If you have any photos of Jennifer, please click here to submit your contact details and be added as a website contributor. This allows you to write blog posts and upload photos.

Scanned photos should be scanned at the highest possible resolution and if you have any questions about the technical side of uploading photos, please get in touch.

It would be amazing to have multiple albums of images covering her entire life.

Here’s a few to start.


Share a Memory

Jennifer was loved by all who knew her, and sharing our memories is a way to keep hers alive. If you would like to submit a blog post with a detailed story (including photos), please submit your contact details and you will be added as an author to this website.

If you have a quote, a short memory, or a thought you’d like to share, about Jennifer, then please write it below and it will be posted on your behalf. Your email address will not be made public.

This website is for anyone and everyone who knew her. Even if you just met her briefly, I have no doubt she would have made an impression.

Please feel free to share any memories you have. You can also us this contact form to reach the memorial website administrators about technical questions like uploading photos.

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Jennifer Olsen, New York (2010) Image by Jade Jackson.
Jennifer in New York (2010) outside Madame Tussaud’s.

Obituary

Jennifer Olsen at age 20. Image supplied by Florence Nogaj.
As appeared in the Chicago Tribune. View the original post here.
Jennifer K. Olsen passed away on Monday, January 21, 2019 at Alexian Brothers Hospice in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, after a long illness.
She was born on March 15, 1976. Her family moved to Oak Forest, IL when she was an infant and then to Western Springs, IL. Jennifer attended McClure Jr. High School and Lyons Township High School. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Loyola University in Chicago, IL.
Jennifer is survived by her mother, Florence (Richard) Nogaj of Wheaton, her father, Allen (Carol) Olsen of Glen Ellyn, her sister, Johanna (Paul) Daly of Willow Springs, her beloved nephews Paul, Jr., Thomas and James Daly, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Jennifer lived in Chicago for many years and the last six years in Arlington Heights with her loving partner, Marlon Harry. Jennifer was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Earl and Norma Campbell, and her paternal grandparents, Theodore and Edith Olsen.
Jennifer was an avid traveler and spent vacations exploring many UNESCO World Heritage sites. A highlight of Jennifer’s life was teaching English to students in Japan in 2003-2004. Jennifer will be remembered fondly by all who knew her for her grace, kindness, strength and courage.Memorial Visitation Sunday January 27, 2019 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Williams-Kampp Funeral Home 430 E. Roosevelt Rd. Wheaton, IL 60187. Services conclude at the funeral home. Info @ www.williams-kampp.com or (630) 668-0016.