Jennifer Lee Zehe
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Jennifer Lee Zehe, age 32, of Fairview, passed peacefully in the comfort of her home, Friday, October 21, 2016. Born in Erie on February 27, 1984, she was a daughter of Sue and Allan Zehe.

Jen attended Fairview High School, where she was a member of the swim team and graduated from Villa Maria Academy in 2002. During her high school years she delighted in being a lifeguard at Presque Isle for the summer months. Jen attended the University of Tampa, where she majored in political science.

She was a caring and compassionate person that gave all she had to everyone that crossed her path. Jen enjoyed gardening, even though she could only ever grow weeds and had an elaborate collection of four leaf clovers she shared with people. A Pisces by birth, she was true to the sign, as she loved the water and swimming. She was artistic, talented, and creative, often making treasures out of what most people considered junk.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ludwig and Marion Zehe and Donald B. Thomas.

Besides her parents, survivors include her siblings, Abby Pluta, husband, Matthew, of Cambridge, Md., Jonathan Zehe of Pittsburgh, David Zehe, wife, Lillian, of Naples, Fla., Eric Zehe of Sarasota, Fla., and Alison Butler, husband, Brian, of Wattsburg; a niece, Brooke; her maternal grandmother whom she loved, Ethel Thomas; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Friends may call on Monday from 2 to 7 p.m. at Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th St. at Greengarden Blvd., and are invited to attend services there on Tuesday at 9 a.m., followed by a funeral mass at Holy Cross Church, 7100 West Ridge Rd., Fairview, at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in Jennifer's name may be made to the Eating Recovery Foundation, 7351 E. Lowry Blvd., Suite 200, Denver, CO 80230 or at Condolences may be expressed at

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Published in Erie Times-News on Oct. 23, 2016.
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November 26, 2016
My best friend and always was an angel looking out for me. Love you always Jen
Damon Jackson
November 2, 2016
We love you.
Karyn Thomas
November 1, 2016
All of our prayers are with you and your family during this time. The Zippo Family
October 28, 2016
My sympathies to the Zehe family. Jen will always be part of us at FMS as will the stories of her struggle as we attempt to educate our middle school students. Our thoughts and prayers to you all.
Joe Spinelli
October 27, 2016
I am so sorry for the loss of your daughter, sister, niece, cousin, grand daughter, and friend. I remember jen always waiting for me to arrive at work so anxious to talk about her day. Jen was a tough cookie at times but most of all she was so full of smiles and laughter. It was never a dull moment with jen i never knew what to expect upon arriving to work. She always spoke dearly of her family and friends, i enjoyed listening and seeing her light up with joy. She always told me no matter what she will fight and fight without stopping, but now she is at peace with no more pain! The heavens have gained an amazing angel to watch over us all. Until we meet again jen i will hold you deeply in my heart! Love ya girl!
Bobbie Luce
October 26, 2016
I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Jen. Although we haven't spoken in some time, I cherish the time we had together in our younger years. Jen was always so welcoming to my family and I. Now that her struggles are gone, may she sleep peacefully in the warm embrace of Heaven. Much love to your family.
Nathan Poniatowski
October 26, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss, may your hearts remain warm with the priceless memories you all hold. I will hold you in my heart and prayers in your time of sorrow
October 25, 2016
Sending Love and Strength to your family!!!

October 25, 2016
Zehe family,
I'm so sorry for your loss. I had the great pleasure of knowing Jen. Her smile was contagious. She was a social butterfly and kept summer lifeguarding entertaining! I will hold those memories dear. May you Rest In Peace, Jen. Love and hugs to all.
Erica Paschal (Burick)
October 25, 2016
October 25, 2016
Dear Sue and family,
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you in the loss of your precious Jennifer. May you find peace knowing that God has her in His loving arms now and she is free.

Anna Bablak DuShole
October 25, 2016
They say people come in and out of our lives for a reason, I think Jen and I were supposed to meet. We had the bestest times together, nothing but smiles and laughters. Jen once brought poppy seeds. We planted them, and I too grew these big long weeds! Jen was the most selfless, caring person around. We considered each other best friends. She touched my heart in so many ways. Jen gave to anyone in need, her heart was full of gold, her soul was beautiful. I'm still devastated, but glad that she is now at peace, no pain, no suffering.

We all gained a beautiful Angel from the Lord above. She will forever be with us.

My Jenny, I Love You so much. Until we meet again....

Your "Roxy"

Allen, Sue, Abby, and her entire family. I give you my most sincere condolences. She loved all of you more than you can imagine. Thank you deeply for letting me see Jen one last time. It was a pleasure seeing you and meeting a lot of the family, it was amazing!
October 24, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May peace surround you during this difficult time.
(formerly Susan Glunt of FHS)
Susan Peebles
October 24, 2016
Sue, Allan & family, I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of your beautiful child. May her beauty surround you in ever flower, cloud, drop of rain and everything earthly that brings us such joy. Now that she is being held tightly in the arms of our Lord, may he also bring you peace and comfort.
Vonnie Aldrete
October 24, 2016
So sorry to hear of Jen's passing. The angels have wrapped their arms around her & the demons are now gone. May she forever rest in peace. God has an eternal plan for this beautiful young lady who has gone to the heavens much too early.
Hugs to the whole Thomas/Zehe Family.
Pat Hofrichter & her 1st cousin Jessica Hofrichter-Dalton
Patricia Hofrichter
October 24, 2016
Thinking of all of you and sending you love.
Ellie Tanenbaum
October 24, 2016
Sue and Alan - Our sincere condolences on the loss of your beautiful Jennifer. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May she rest in peace. Love, Carol and Mike Hilbrich
October 24, 2016
Dear Suzie & Family: May the Peace of the Risen Christ be with you all in this difficult time. My prayers are with Jennifer and all of you. Peace.
Randy Kondrlik
October 24, 2016
Sue and family - so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Paula Heutsche
October 24, 2016
Sue and family, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. May the memories of her beautiful smile carry you through this difficult time.
Kim Peebles
October 24, 2016
My deepest sympathies to you and your family.
Kathy Milhisler
October 24, 2016
Sue and Allan,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Rosanne Otteni
Rosanne Otteni
October 24, 2016
Sue & family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dave Krasinski
October 24, 2016
To Sue and the entire family, so sorry for your loss. I pray for the Lord's comfort during this time.
Brian Moritz
October 24, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss, many prayers and thoughts to you and your family.
Michelle Froehlich
October 24, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May the Lord hold you close in the palm of his hands.
Coleen Rupp and family
October 24, 2016
Deepest sympathy to to Zehe Family. We envision Jenn bounding onto a pool deck in heaven with her bubbly personality as we fondly remember from her days of FHS/FINS swimming.
JR and Kimberly Jensen
October 24, 2016
Allison, Dave & family, I'm sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Chris Rohrer Hoffman
October 24, 2016
My deepest sympathies for your family. Jennifer was one of a kind who was a friend to all and a great spirit. My thoughts and prayers to you all for the days ahead
Dawn Leon
October 23, 2016
So sorry to hear and hard to fathom.... Jen was an energetic and wonderful student.... Always a smile and a warm greeting.... A Great Family lost a valuable member as did we all....
Kerry Logue
October 23, 2016
Prayers for continued strength for all of Jennifer's family & friends. Your loss is heaven's gain.
Mike & Christy Edinger
October 23, 2016
You will be missed Jen. You were such a caring and loving individual that was taken too soon. So many great memories growing up together. I love you.
Lisa Tatara
October 23, 2016
Deepest condolences to the family enjoyed reminiscing with her about cees
Bryan Winiecki
October 23, 2016
sue and family - so very sorry for the loss of your daughter. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers
Michele Potter
October 23, 2016
I am so very sorry to hear about Jennifer! May God be with you all during this impossible time and may your angel look down on you! She was such a beautiful person and she made everyone smile at school! Jenn had THE BEST LAUGH and I will always remember her wearing a choker necklace with long beautiful blonde hair and a smile that could light up the room. She will be greatly missed and always remembered!
Maria Wells
October 23, 2016
Dear family,
My deepest sympathy on your loss. As a healthcare professional, I for one, so wish things could have changed.
Russ Polizzi, Occupational Therapist MCH
October 23, 2016
Allen, Sue and family, I am very sorry for your loss. Thinking about you all. May her memory be a blessing to you.
October 23, 2016
We are so very sorry to learn of Jenn's passing. I know fond memories will help ease the pain of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love from Texas
Joe & Barbara St. George
October 23, 2016
God bless you Jennifer, your family, and friends. I will always remember the fun memories made on the swim team and lifeguarding together. Such a beautiful, warm, and charismatic soul. May you be eternally free of earthy suffering and your precious memory remain present in our hearts as you watch down upon all of us from Heaven. Praying for comfort and healing, in Jesus name, Amen.
Leah Cook
October 23, 2016
It has been a long journey with a battle fought bravely. God bless you Jennifer and your loving family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
With love, Marianne & Dan Levstek
October 23, 2016
I'm so sorry for your loss. I remember Jen as a beautiful, talented girl on the swim team and as a lifeguard. That's how she will remain in my thoughts. I am happy that all her terrible demons are gone and she is at peace. May your family have peace also. My prayers are with you all.
October 23, 2016
Dear Zehe Family,
Sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts and prayers.
Aaron Hrinda
October 23, 2016
Mr & Mrs Zehe,
I'm so sorry for your loss. Jennifer was a beautiful soul. She cared so much about others and her smile would light up the whole room. I loved listening to her goals for herself and all of the things she was able to achieve. I will miss her greatly.
Ashley Perkins
October 23, 2016
Sue & Family,
We are so sorry for your loss....our prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Brad & Amy Crolli
October 23, 2016
Al and Sue and family, we are very sorry for your loss.
John and Mary Lou McCall
October 23, 2016
Allan and Sue and family,
I am deeply sorry foe the loss of Jennifer. You fought a valiant fight. My prayers will be with you. I'm sorry I can't attend the services.
October 23, 2016
I hope you are finally at peace beautiful.
Erica "Eliason" Lybrook
October 23, 2016
Jen: I love you with all my heart. Your my girl.
Deb Thomas
October 23, 2016
Sue, Allen and Jen's entire family. I am so sorry for your loss. Know that I am thinking of you during this difficult time. R.I.P. Jen.
Carla Schaffer
October 23, 2016
I'd like to offer my deepest condolences to your family. May she rest in eternal peace.
Gary Nardo
October 23, 2016
So sorry to hear of Jen's passing. Our deepest sympathy to the Zehe family. May she rest in eternal peace.
Timothy Oros
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