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Jennifer Corkill Deaven

Deaven, Jennifer Corkill Of Delafield, departed suddenly and unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 22, 2011, aged 44. Beloved wife of David Deaven and proud mother of Aidan and Mia. She was born on December 3, 1966 in Tripoli, Libya, to Charles and Judith Corkill of Austin, Texas, who survive her. They returned to the states in 1971, and after growing up in New York and Ohio she graduated from high school in Findlay, Ohio, then moved to Texas where she received her bachelor's degree in Physics from Rice University in 1988. She received her doctorate in Physics from the University of California, Berkley in 1993 where she met her husband. Jennifer was an engineer with GE Healthcare who returned to the workforce in 2010 after an 11 year period of raising her children and donating her time to charitable causes. Jennifer spent her time surrounded by friends and family and was an accomplished musician who played the piano, flute, and piccolo and taught her children to play piano. A few activities she loved were skiing, hiking, knitting, and yoga but her true passion was learning, helping, loving, and laughing with those around her, especially her children. She was a member of All Saints Lutheran Church, an active parent in the Kettle Moraine schools, and an organizer for several local natural food cooperatives. Those who knew Jennifer know that she is one who pulled everything together and made it work. Jennifer is survived by her husband David; her children Mia and Aidan; her parents Charles and Judith Corkill; her sister and her husband, Cynthia Corkill and Stephen Stappenbeck; her sister Melody Nitzberg; and her sister and her husband, Rebecca and Andrew Rose. Memorial donations may be sent to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 26, at 2:00 PM, at All Saints Lutheran Church (705 Tomlin Road, Wales, WI). The family will receive friends from 12:00 PM until the time of service at the church.
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Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from Nov. 24 to Nov. 26, 2011
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