Jennifer Oehlsen-Shiffrar, age 41, passed away September 26, 2020 in St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada due to complications from MS and Leukemia.
She was born September 3, 1979, in Bitburg, Germany to Henry and Janell Oehlsen. Her family moved to Las Vegas where Jennifer was raised and graduated from Las Vegas High School in 1997. She was involved in cheerleading, ROTC, choir and drama. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Administration.
She worked at Treasure Island Hotel and Casino as a Front Desk Manager and in casino marketing, and then opened up the Wynn Resort in casino marketing. At the time of her passing she worked for Wawanesa as a licensed insurance broker.
Jennifer loved life and refused to let a diagnosis of MS at the age of 23 slow her down one bit. She traveled extensively with her husband Jason all over the west coast, Alaska, Canada, Hawaii, the Bahamas and France. She was happiest and at peace with her feet in the ocean, going to concerts with Jason and blasting her rock music in the car. Jenni loved cows and would always try to sneak up on them to get a good picture or pet them but it rarely worked, the family can regale you with stories.
Anyone who knew Jenni knows she loved using four letter words as much as she loved her four legged furbabies.
One of her biggest passions in life was a love of animals that led her to volunteer at the animal shelter; she backed this up by adopting 6 cats over the years. Her fascination of wolves led to her adopting 2 Huskies, Max and Loki which she currently shared with Jason. Her furbabies meant everything to her and she enjoyed bike rides with the dogs pulling her all over the neighborhood. Huskies pull really hard and she fell a few times but always got back up, just as she did throughout her life.
She is survived by her husband, Jason, father Henry M. Oehlsen and mother Janell Oehlsen, maternal grandmother Nancy Martin of Mountain Home, Idaho, brother Henry J. Oehlsen, nephew Henry S. Oehlsen, niece Kansas Oehlsen of Las Vegas, paternal grandparents, Henry J. and Addie Oehlsen of Florida and other family members in Maryland and California. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather James H. Martin, Uncle Pat Martin and her beloved first kitty cat Tigger.
A celebration of life was held October 2, 2020 at 11am at Spring Mountain Ranch Park, Las Vegas, NV.
A memorial website is available at www.affordablecbs.com
In lieu of flower, Jennifer would love to be remembered by donations to your local animal shelter.
I’ll miss you all, but of pain I’m free
So I’ll sit here under an apple tree
To watch cloud animals in the sky
While all of God’s creatures pass me by.
I’ll hold a live bunny, soft and warm
Or a kitten might sneak right into my arm.
I’ll pet dogs and elephants, even a cow.
They’re all going to get along somehow.
I’ve always wanted an animal farm,
Wanted to keep all of them safe from harm.
I did not want to leave you and go
But my heart and body were tired, so
When the clouds paint pictures high above
Please know that I’m looking down with love.
By: Nancy Martin Read More