Jennifer Ann Fletcher Resident of Glendale, AZ Jennifer Ann Fletcher, 32, of Glendale, AZ lost her valiant and courageous battle with a rare sarcoma cancer, Gastro-Intestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST), on Sunday, December 16, 2012. She was born in Reno, NV on July 19, 1980. Jenny graduated from San Ramon Valley High School in Danville, CA in 1998 and, upon graduation from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR in 2002 with a B.S. in Psychology, she obtained a Master's in Education from Portland State University and became an elementary school teacher in Arizona. Her students and fellow staff members remember her as a "ball of energy" that got even the most struggling students to love learning and feel successful. In the 2009-10 school year at the age of 29, she was named Teacher of the Year for Canyon Breeze Elementary School. She became a reading interventionist in 2012, supporting students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade. Her passion for teaching and learning impacted students, their families, and fellow colleagues. Jenny's tenacious spirit was an inspiring example to everyone she came in contact with, working up until 6 weeks before her death. She was an avid reader and a fan of football, always rooting for the Denver Broncos. She also loved the San Francisco Giants and was thrilled to see two championships in three seasons. One of her favorite hobbies was putting together unique photo scrapbooks and albums, many times making them for family and friends for extra special milestones and occasions. She loved to travel, having visited various places throughout the United States, Mexico, Belize, Australia, Europe, Hawaii; her favorite destination, though, was Las Vegas. Her friends and family will always remember her sweetness, laughter, loyalty, competitiveness, silliness, compassion, and love of life. She is survived by her parents, Robert and Ann Fletcher of San Ramon, CA and Sun City West, AZ; and her sister, Allison of San Ramon, CA. Also surviving is her aunt Ann Fletcher Griffin of Los Gatos, CA and cousin, Jill Talvensaari (Mike) and children Annika and David of Los Gatos, CA. A Memorial Service in Jenny's honor will be held on January 12, 2013 at 2 PM at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Danville with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her honor to Pendergast Elementary School District, c/o Canyon Breeze Elementary School, 3802 N. 91st Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85307 OR Scottsdale Healthcare Foundation Attn: Amber Schoenberger (Jenny Fletcher Memorial Fund), 10001 N. 92nd Street, Ste. 121, Scottsdale, AZ 85258.
Published in Contra Costa Times on Jan. 5, 2013