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Sgt. Jack Taft Hennessy of Naperville Funeral services for Sgt. Jack Taft Hennessy, 21, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, at Naperville Presbyterian Church, 943 Sanctuary Lane, Naperville. The Rev. Dave Schutter will officiate. Friends and family are asked to meet at the church. Interment will be private. Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday, at the Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville. Born May 19, 1983, in Wheaton, he was killed during a firefight in Baghdad on Friday, Oct. 1, 2004. Jack moved to Naperville in 1991, where he graduated from Naperville Central High School in 2001. During high school, he participated in soccer, wrestling and gymnastics. He will be remembered by his high school friends and classmates as lively and likable. Jack had a long-standing desire to join the Army. He enlisted while still in his senior year of high school. He went through basic training at Fort Benning, Ga. and was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, prior to deploying to Iraq in March 2004 with the 1st Cavalry Division. His family will remember him as a fun-loving character with a great sense of humor. They were extremely proud of his dedication to duty and his can-do attitude. In his short 21 years, Jack lived an extremely full life. His family is blessed to have had him in their lives. He is survived by his parents, Bernie and Cindy Hennessy; his brother, Eric Nagel; his sister, Anna; his grandparents, Roy and Verva Taft, Bruce and Dori Wine, and Jane and Jerry Hinrichs; his aunts and uncles, Steve and Anne Taft, Rob and Cindy Taft, Barbara Taft Parker, Chris and Jodi Wine, Mark and Maria Wine, Todd and Elaine Wine, Sue and Carl Brodarick, Rich and Darby Zwagerman, Pete and Mary Zwagerman, Clare and Rick Sabones, Margaret Hennessy, Bill and Jan Hennessy; and by numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his birth mother, Debra Taft Hennessy; and by his grandparents, Bernard and Frances Hennessy. Jack's family is thankful for the best wishes and generous support from friends and church community during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to ARMY Emergency Relief, Attn: Donations in memory of Sgt. Jack Hennessy, 200 Stovall St., Room 5-N-13, Alexandria, VA 22332-0600. For information, (630) 355-0213.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Oct. 10, 2004
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