Jennifer Louise Jacobs, 77
Jennifer has dedicated her life to helping others. She became interested in human rights at a very young age and focused her considerable energies on those who could not fight for themselves. For thirty years, Jennifer chaired the Lebrun Foundation through which she donated and raised funds for various organizations such as CARE, The International Rescue Committee, Vive and Canisius College. Jennifer has personally supported Amnesty International, St. Mary’s Food Bank, The Humane Society and Planned Parenthood.
Never one to sit idly by while others suffered, Jennifer visited organizations and people her foundation has helped. She has traveled to Nicaragua and Haiti to witness first-hand the lives of those her work has touched. For Jennifer, to love and to care were active verbs. She connected with people everywhere she traveled.
Jennifer’s political activities and consulting projects landed her on then-President Richard Nixon’s infamous “enemies list.” Jennifer was proud that her actions had brought about positive change and wore her inclusion on Nixon’s “enemies list” as a badge of honor.
Jennifer was a lifelong learner with a strong appreciation for the arts. She held subscriptions to the Met and the Arizona Opera Company for decades. She continued to read and study throughout her life. Jennifer could converse on almost any topic.
Jennifer’s career has taken her from Buffalo to San Francisco to Manhattan. Jennifer had a quiet impact on every place she lived. When she arrived in a new town, Jennifer got involved. It joins the intellectual and artistic communities. She made dear friends for life. And she sought out organizations that focused on immigrants, refugees, and those most in need in the community. She would then offer her services and tremendous skills to help lead boards and committees.
Jennifer was drawn to the sun and her family to create a second home in Phoenix decades ago. She has become known in her Echo Canyon community as the hostess of the most beautiful and elegant parties. Whether it was a small group enjoying pizza and wine, or a beautiful dinner for her hundreds of neighbors, Jennifer exuded elegance and fun. Jennifer loved her neighbors in Echo Canyon and beyond in Arizona, and they loved her dearly.
Jennifer Jacobs was born on February 21, 1945 to Louis and Genevieve Jacobs (Bibby). She was the second youngest child in the family with three brothers, Jeremy (Margaret Davis), Max (Helen Troy) and the late Dr. Lawrence Jacobs (Pamela Ryan), and two sisters, the late Lisan Jacobs and the late Michelle Jacobs Brailow. . Jennifer attended Kenwood Sacred Heart Academy and received her BA from Catholic University of America.
In addition to her siblings and close friends, Jennifer is survived by countless nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews. She will be particularly missed by her nephew William (Bill) Gresser, his wife Ann O’Connor and their children, Lisan, Luke, Zachary, Phoebe, Genevieve and Benjamin as well as her daughter-in-law Bonnie Patten, her husband George Brencher and their children, Quinn, Tait and Reed.
Internment at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, New York will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made in Jennifer’s name to one of their favorite organizations.
• The Vive Shelter for Refugees, https://www.jrcch.org/ (Donations can be sent to Jericho Road Community Health Center, with Vive in the memo line, 184 Barton Street, Buffalo New York 14213)
• Planned Parenthood of Arizona, https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-arizona (Attention Development, 4951 N. 15th St, Phoenix, AZ 85014)
• International Rescue Committee, https://www.rescue.org/united-states/phoenix-az (4425 W. Olive Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85302)
“I lived for art; I lived for love. Puccini, Tosca
Posted on September 08, 2022
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