Wednesday, May 7, 2008

April 23rd, The Day of Services and Celebrations for Jen

Jennifer was laid to rest at the Santa Cruz Memorial Cemetery in a lovely spot.

Afterward we went to the beach to have amazing BBQ and vegetable crudite and desserts. Then lots of people got suited up to go on the Paddle Out with Matthew, Grace is here helping him with the flowers to take out.

There were about 40 people who went in the water.

They made a circle, threw flowers and splashed and splashed in celebration of Jen.

Jen's Obituary

Jennifer Callahan was born on December 13, 1962 in Honolulu and grew up filled with the Aloha spirit on Maui. After high school she moved to Santa Cruz and met the love of her life, Peter, and built a family in Corralitos. Jen found great joy in raising her children, creating an amazing circle of friends and serving the community, always active in school fundraisers and church activities to help those in need. (She was even a soft touch for any wayward pet.) Jen dreamed of a world full of peace, without strife, and lived every day to make it happen. On April 17 Jennifer was taken away from us all too soon but we always find peace in remembering how she made us laugh and brought joy to all of our lives.

Jen is survived by her husband Peter Callahan, and her wonderful children Grace Callahan and Matthew Williamson Callahan, her mother, Jane Thompson, sister Julia Frey, father John Elliott, brothers Jeff, John and Josh Elliott and sister Heather Metcalf and cousin Joel Elliott.

A Rosary service was held Tuesday, April 22, 7pm. Memorial Mass was celebrated Wednesday April 23 10:30am. Following the services on Wednesday, family and friends gathered at Seacliff Beach to honor Jen with a luau.