Jennifer Anzion JAFFE
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Born March 15, 1953 in San Francisco, died peacefully at home in Santa Rosa on October 26, 2013 with her husband Dr. Julius Jaffe by her side, after a long battle with glioblastoma. Jennifer was a beautiful, vibrant woman admired in the Wild Oak community where she lived. A woman of numerous passions and interests, she studied piano at the Conservatory of Music in San Francisco. She also acquired a love for the French language and culture, which continued to be a lifetime passion. As a child, she visited Santa Rosa with her mother and father, Nancy and William Anzion, and brother Tad, spending meaningful times at Mark West Springs resort in the summers. She fell in love with Sonoma County-its land, scenery, agriculture-and further developed a great affinity for horses. After her father's death, she moved to Santa Rosa with her mother and brother when she was ten years of age, fulfilling a childhood dream. She went on to attend Sequoia Elementary School, Montgomery High School and Santa Rosa Junior College where she studied nursing. After graduation, Jennifer worked as a nurse in obstetrics. She found her niche in oncology and devoted her care to patients with cancer at Hematology Oncology Group. Bright and industrious, she was also a pharmaceutical representative for a brief period. A gifted and accomplished artist in water color and oil media, Jennifer had gallery shows and delighted in painting the local landscape. She was a student of Millard Sheets and they became close friends. Her interests continued in French and she became fluent in the language, history, art, architecture and geography-as well as fashion of France. She regularly attended weekly sessions of The French Class with Dominique Bremond in San Francisco. She was an avid gardener who also loved music, and played piano and guitar. A refined lady with an elegant sense of style, Jennifer did all of this to perfection. She was a skilled equestrian and loved riding in Sonoma County. From a very young age, she had a love for all sorts of animals, especially dogs, and later raised and showed Yorkshire Terriers and Poodles as well as other breeds. A woman of diverse talents, Jennifer also had athletic abilities and was a marathon runner and cyclist. Jennifer had many favorite things: the Santa Rosa Symphony, Annadel State Park, the city of San Francisco and in particular Union Square. She loved movies, comedies and anything French; tea with girlfriends; and trips to Hawaii with Jules. She was a kind, giving person who was a connoisseur of fine food, wine, and art. Jennifer was wholeheartedly loved by her family, friends and pets. She will be remembered for her intelligence, quick wit, and for her unmistakable zest and love of life. Preceded in death by her father William Anzion, step-father Norman E. Knoke, and step-brother Daniel Knoke. Jennifer is survived by her husband of 31 years, Dr. Julius Jaffe; by her mother Nancy (Anzion) Knoke, brother Tad Anzion (his wife Susan, and children Simone and Will); aunt Sue Locke (children Lori, Richard and Matthew), step-sister Tina Knoke, step-brother Jim Knoke, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Special thanks to Dr. Michael Prados at Neuro-Oncology at UCSF; Dr. Gary Johanson, Dr. Marek Bozdech, Dr. Fred David and the staff at Redwood Regional Medical Group; St. Joseph's Memorial Hospice; and special commendation to Rose Shannon, Jennifer's caregiver. Thanks to her extraordinary friends Gail and Lowell Snyder who were always there for her, as well as heartfelt gratitude to many other caring friends and family members. At present, no services are planned. Family assisted by Daniels Chapel of the Roses. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jennifer's memory may be made to St. Joseph's Memorial Hospice, The American Cancer Society, or UCSF Dept. of Neuro-Oncology. Those who touch our lives stay in our hearts forever.

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November 12, 2013
Dear Dr. Jaffe,
I was so saddened to read of the loss of your sweet Jennifer. I remember meeting her several times at Dr. Collin's annual barbeques, and she was always so pleasant. In the several years that I worked with you at RRMG, it was obvious what a bright light she was in your life. Cherish the memories, knowing she has earned her Angel Wings.
Diana Bridgewater-Heckman
November 5, 2013
We are so lucky to have known Jennifer and will always have her in our hearts. Her personality and smile lit up a room. She had a charisma and charm that was unique.
John & Constance Thayer
November 4, 2013
Dearest Dr. Jaffe, I will never forget the talks I had with Jennifer when she used to visit RRMG's Sotoyome's office. May your heart be filled with the love and many memories you both shared. My deepest sympathy to you, your families and your many friends. Jennifer will never be forgotten.
Kathi Hawes
November 2, 2013
I met Jennifer when she filled the last opening in our weekly French Conversation group. If it was a sports team, we would retire #6. Jennifer was a lovely, classy person. She had a grace and warmth that made you happy to just be with her. She spoke flawless French, and cared deeply about others. She was crazy in love with her dear husband Jules, and had a special spot in her heart for animals, especially her beloved canine companion Knightly.
The world has lost a shining angel. We miss her desperately. Our hearts go out to you, Jules, for your incalculable loss. Your Jennifer will live on in our memories and in our hearts. She was the best.
Iz Campbell
November 1, 2013
I am heartbroken to learn of this special woman's death. I met Jennifer in nursing school and she was as beautiful on the inside as she was out. I have missed seeing her and our marathon chats when we would run into each other in surprise places, usually with many years missing in between. Heaven most definitely has gained an extraordinary angel.
Lynn Styles
November 1, 2013
I always heard such wonderful things about Jennifer Jaffe, wife of Dr. Julius Jaffe, back in 1986 when my dad was being treated for lung cancer. He was amazed at what a talented woman she was. So sad to read of her passing, of all things, brain cancer. May God bless all those that knew and loved her. She will be surely missed!
November 1, 2013
Dear Jules -- we are truly heartbroken and grief-stricken at your loss. Jennifer would not have been able to wage her long and courageous battle without your amazing support. She is now at peace and we hope, in time, your pain will lessen. You will always be a welcome friend (especially with Knightly and Annabelle) in our home. You are and always will be an incredible person.
November 1, 2013
Jules, I'm so sorry to hear about Jennifer. She was such a beautiful light-so creative and enjoyed life so much. I always looked forward to your visits at Kona Village. We had so much fun-even if you did come up with new ways to torture me each time! I'm sending all my ALOHA to you.
Tracey Jensen
October 31, 2013
Dearest Jennifer--you will never be forgotten. It was because of you I met my husband Will and have a beautiful daughter. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Helen, Will and Allie
October 31, 2013
Go with God Jennifer, and delight again in all those who have gone before. My thoughts are with you Jules, staying behind is the hardest part.
Lisa Alexander
October 31, 2013
Hi JJ: I am so very sorry to learn of Jennifer's passing. I have always held very fond memories from the old HOG days. She gave herself as a gift to hundreds of patients and made their lives better by having her care for them. She was truly a special giving human who made a difference in all of our lives. My love to you, Toni Zunino and Janie Grosman
October 31, 2013
Jules, I am so sorry to hear about Jennifer's passing. She was a special and beautiful lady and a friend. I always looked forward to your visits to KVR-you always put me through some kind of fun torture! All my ALOHA to you!
Tracey Jensen
October 31, 2013
Dr. Jaffe and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I remember meeting Jennifer while employed at RRMG in Radiology. Her obituary says it all!!! Hold her memory close to your hearts to ease your loss. Jennifer was an amazing woman.
October 31, 2013
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our best wishes to you during this difficult time. Ed & Moira Sornstein
October 31, 2013
Dear Jules,
Mark and I were deeply saddened to read of the loss of your beloved Jennifer. How terribly devastating it must be for you. You loved her completely and she you. What a wonderful life the two of you together had, and for that you were both blessed. Our prayers are with you.
With sympathy,
Mark & Karen Fahey
October 31, 2013
Jules, I am so sorry to hear about Jennifer.
Jennifer was an amazing woman. She came in to our Vet Hospital often and we always talked about anything and everything. I will miss you.
Renee Johnson
October 31, 2013
Dear JJ,
What a beautiful tribute to such a lovely, fascinating woman. Jennifer will be missed by so many, and I am so sorry for your loss.
Janie Bare
October 30, 2013
Jules: What a beautiful tribute to Jennifer! I am so sad to hear of Jennifer's passing. My thought's and prayers are with you and Jennifer's family.

Sandy Cary
Sandy Cary
October 30, 2013
One of my favorite clients at the vet hospital I work at. Loved talking with her about the shows as it is my hobby to. Will be greatly missed but not forgotten in our memories.
October 30, 2013
Dr Jaffe, I met you working in the old PCU unit. I am sincerely very sorry for your loss. She sounds like a wonderful woman, and I'm happy you were able to experience life together.
Carolyn Sekela, RN
October 30, 2013
Rip old friend. You will be missed! Xoxo
Peggy Keegan
October 30, 2013
So very sad and sorry for your loss! My prayers and thoughts go out to you , Nancy and all the family!
October 30, 2013
Dr. Jaffe & Family,
I am so sorry to read about your wife. Please know that your in my thoughts and prayers.
Theresa Barbour
October 30, 2013
Dr. Jaffe, you are in my thoughts at this time. The tribute to your wife is beautiful. Dianne
Dianne Davis
October 30, 2013
It's been along time since I saw you, but friends since Mike Malvino introduced us when we were 14 years old. The great times in High School. Tell Donnie and Leslie we said "Hi" Love always, Gary
Gary Musco
October 30, 2013
Dr. Jaffe, I hope you, your family, and your departed wife's many friends find peace and accept my deep condolences for your loss. May God bless your dear wife.
Michael Lindsay
October 30, 2013
Such a Beautiful Lady. May your memories bring you Peace. Kathy Myers
October 30, 2013
Dear Dr. Jaffe,

Heartfelt sympathy to you in the loss of Jennifer. I have vivid memories of cutting through the back of St. Francis Acres and dropping down to her house to visit about 1963-4. I only saw her occasionally after I moved from Santa Rosa in 1977, but I will always be thankful for her presence when my Mom and Dad died. I know you shared a wonderful love, and I hope that years of great memories can help comfort you and give you peace.
Lynn Barnett
October 30, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss, Dr. Jaffe. I know the pain. I too in recent times lost my daughter, Linda. Please know that you are in my thoughts and in my prayers.
Lydia Cass
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