2022 Corn Mother Honoree
I was born in New York City and raised on Long Island. My B.A. in Communication Design from Parsons School of Design brought me to Colorado in 1978, when Coors hired me as the first woman in their Creative Services Department. I spent 20 years as an art director and graphic designer.
My father’s illness and death in 1992 changed the course of my life. I wondered if others felt as overwhelmed as I did in the process of grief. I followed my heart and received a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from St. Thomas Theological Seminary in Denver, feeling that I had been called to care for grieving people.
I have served at Horan & McConaty Funeral Service in Denver as Director of Bereavement Support & Community Education since 1996 and later became a Vice President and one of two employee-owners. In 2001, following a dream, and with the support of John Horan and his mother, Valerie, I helped create HeartLight Center, a non-profit organization forgrief support. It has served thousands of people in the past 20 years. I also am a deacon for the Evangelical Lutheran. Church in America.
Jennifer is on pages 55-58
“Lord make Me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred
let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon,
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light,
Where there is sadness, joy.
Divine master, grant that I may
Not so much seek to be consoled
as to console,
To be understood, as to understand,
To be loved. as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
And it is in pardoning that we
And it is in dying that we are born...
To eternal life.”
— St. Francis of Assisi
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