Jennifer Marie Vranizan

October 9, 1965 - June 20, 2014

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Jennifer Marie VranizanBeloved mother, wife, daughter and friend, Jennifer Marie Vranizan passed away in the company of her loving family on Friday, June 20th, 2014.

Jennifer was born on October 9th, 1965 in Lincoln Neb. She lived her carefree childhood ice skating on frozen ponds in the winter and running through sprinklers, jumping over creeks and romping through fields in the summer. After Nebraska, her family moved to Illinois, Iowa and finally settled in Utah where she graduated from Granger high school in 1983. While at Granger, Jennifer was an accomplished trumpet player and was a member of the jazz band. After a year of Junior College, Jennifer decided to enter the workforce and began her long successful career in the financial services industry.

After chasing her dreams to Denver and Santa Barbara in her little VW bug, Jennifer finally moved to Portland in 1991 where she met her husband Tim. Jennifer and Tim were married on April 20th, 1996. Soon thereafter Abby was born in 1997, Henry in 2001, and Lily Ann in 2004. As their family grew, Jennifer chose to put her career on hold and dedicate her time to her greatest love and passion, her children. In addition to being spotted on the sidelines of every sport the kids played, Jennifer volunteered countless hours at the kid’s school and church, St. Francis in Sherwood, Ore. Some of her favorite activities included leading vacation bible school and teaching religious education. However her legacy will always be as that of the director of The Friar Trot 5k/10k run. Initially a small fun run, Jennifer transformed the Friar Trot into the second largest fundraiser for the school and one of the best runs throughout the metro region. With Jennifer’s passion, enthusiasm and leadership this run has drawn thousands of runners from the surrounding Portland area over the past several years and will continue to draw thousands more for many years to come.

Jennifer’s other passions included vegetable gardening, canning ~ she is famous for her dilly beans, a secret recipe that she refused to give out despite the pleas of many; and finally spending time creating memories with her family at their beloved Cannon Beach condo. Jennifer could often be found building sand castles and sculptures with her children. This activity was truly one of her greatest joys and each creation was a masterpiece!

In 2007, Jennifer decided to rekindle her career and joined John Hancock Financial Services as a Senior Sale Coordinator for the Northwest. Sadly, Jennifer’s career was again put on hold in 2011 when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Although, her prognosis was grim, Jennifer was a ferocious warrior who would not give up, focusing solely on being present and strong for her family. Even though she endured almost continuous treatment for three years, she always had a positive attitude and a smile on her face, never once saying “why me?” She was truly an inspiration for us all.

Jennifer is survived by her devoted husband Tim, to whom she was married for 18 years; her beautiful children, Abby, Henry and Lily Ann; her mother, Mary Rotter; father and step-mother Darvin and Patricia Jemming; siblings, Kathy Corkery, James Jemming, Teresa Jemming Hartman, Jodie Palmer and Jonny Jemming. She is also survived by her father-in-law Ralph Vranizan; and sister-in-laws Helena Vranizan Stringer and Anne-Marie Kiriazis; many nieces and nephews; and a countless number of friends, all of whom have become richer by her presence in their lives. She is preceded in death and welcomed into Heaven by her mother-in-law Emiline Ann Vranizan and step-father James McMillan.

Although too short, Jennifer lived an incredibly full life filled with laughter and love. She brought happiness to everyone and lit up the room with her big beautiful smile. She was a great “little” lady whose positive and joyful outlook was adored by many. She will be forever in our hearts, missed dearly but never forgotten. We love you Jen.

A Memorial Mass was held on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Sherwood, Oregon.

Remembrances to the local chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.