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Jennifer Anne Wrzosek

December 19, 1947 - January 26, 2022

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Obituary For Jennifer Anne Wrzosek

On Wednesday, January 26, 2022, Jennifer Anne Wrzosek, passed away at the age of 74 years, in Mexico with her husband and children by her side. A cherished wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend. Jennifer will be dearly missed and remembered by everyone that she met.

Jennifer was born in Aruba, on December 19, 1947. She moved to Edmonton, AB, with her parents Noel and Elsie, and her younger sister Allyson. She was the oldest of three children: Jennifer, Allyson and Robert. Jennifer moved to Grande Prairie, AB, to pursue her teaching career in 1970, and met Ambrose (Ambi). They got married later on that year, celebrating their love on her birthday. Shortly after getting married, they moved to Yellowknife, NT, where they began their beautiful family. Camille, Carey and Andrea were born there before they moved back to Grande Prairie in the summer of ’79. The family was complete when Janelle was born a few years later.

Jennifer was an active member in the community. She sat on numerous boards and committees both locally and provincially. She was actively involved with the St. Joseph Catholic Church and Peace Retreats. After retirement, Jennifer wrote and published two books and was aspiring to write many more. Her transition into retirement allowed her to continue her desire for lifelong learning. She also volunteered numerous hours in schools in Mexico and in Grande Prairie. She will be remembered for how well she cared for children. Jennifer was a teacher for the Grande Prairie Catholic District for over 25 years and continued teaching her grandchildren after she retired at the age of 58. She inspired people with her love of literature and spirituality. Her faith, compassion, good humor, and warmth shone through. Jennifer was the voice of reason. Her faith made people stronger. Jennifer brought life to others through her joy, hope and infectious laugh. May we all follow her example.

Jennifer is survived by her husband Ambi of 51 years; daughters: Cami, Andrea, and Janelle (Blaine); son Carey (Marzena); grandchildren: Keenan, Cassidy, Jake, Tessa, Kinley and Porter. She is also survived by her sister Allyson Love and brother Bob Gomes (Diane). Jennifer was predeceased by parents Noel and Elsie Gomes, and numerous in-laws (Chuck Love).

Jennifer’s greatest treasure was her family and the tremendous amount of love shared by her husband, children, and grandchildren. A huge thank you for everyone’s prayers, love and support.

A Funeral Service and Celebration of Life will be held in the spring.
A special quote from Jennifer’s book “The Jumping Fish” and a scripture she often shared.

“God created everyone and everything for a time on earth. Our time here is a gift to be appreciated. We bring life to others when we are filled with joy, hope, dancing and laughter.”

John 10:14. “I am the Good Shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me.”

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  • 02/19/2022

    Ambrose, and family, please know we are so sorry for you loss, but are so thankful that you got to share and enjoy so many precious memories and moments in your life together. May those memories continue to give you strength and encouragement. Love and prayers, Barbara (Kapalka) and Peter Schiller

  • 02/13/2022

    I had the privilege of working with Jennifer at St. Pats. She was a woman of great integrity and she held all others to that standard. What a fabulous trait. Children were so fortunate to have her for a teacher. My condolences to her family. She will be missed.

  • 02/11/2022

    Dear Ambi and family, my deepest sympathy on the loss o f your Jennifer, wife, mother, grandmother, friend. She was a beautiful soul and an inspiration to all who knew her. She lived her life to the fullest and has left a legacy of love. Thinking of all of you and sending hugs! Maria(Medicine Hat)

  • 02/11/2022

    Ambi and family, DIANE and JERRY O'Connell send our deepest condolences for the loss of Jennifer.

  • 02/08/2022

    Jennifer (Mrs. Wrzosek) was my daughter and son's teacher at Kateri Mission (St Kateri) school. She was an amazing, caring teacher and loved by all. She always had a smile and kind word to say. She will be greatly missed. Our deepest sympathy to her family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Nancy Haley and family

  • 02/08/2022

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Ambi and children, as you try to cope with your tremendous loss. Jennifer was a fun-loving, strong, and deeply spiritual woman. Her passing is a great loss to all in the Grande Prairie community. Please know that we will be thinking of all of you in the days ahead,

  • 02/08/2022

    Dear Ambi and family, we extend to you our deepest sympathy on the tragic and unexpected loss of Jennifer. I (Myrna) had the privilege of working with her at St. Pat's and much later, after we had both retired, we greatly appreciated the work that she did for the Alberta Council on Aging, both locally and on the provincial Board. I know she contributed much to many other organizations, as well. She will be missed by the community but that is but a minor part compared to what you must be feeling. Our thoughts and prayers are will you all. Paul and Myrna Lemay

  • 02/06/2022

    My sympathies go out to Ambi and family. Jennifer was an excellent teacher and an articulate and insightful member of ATA local council in Grande Prairie. Her contributions were many and valued. Rest In Peace, Jennifer.

  • 02/05/2022

    On behalf of Development and Peace-Caritas Canada I would like to offer my condolences to all those who were touched by Jennifer's compassion, dedication and skills. To those of you who are family, I can only guess how you are grieving and if it helps please know that you are in our prayers and in our hearts. Carmen Michaud, Animator, Development and Peace-Caritas Canada, Alberta-NWT region.

  • 02/05/2022

    Jennifer (Mrs Wrzosek) was our kids Grade One teacher at St.Pats. She was such a kind caring teacher for all! Condolences to her family!

  • 02/05/2022

    Sending our most sincere condolences to Ambrose and his family. We know the world was a better place with Jennifer in it and we are honoured to share her stories with our grandchildren. The heavens are celebrating the return of a beautiful soul to its place of peace. With sincerest sympathies, Neal and Jill Thomson

  • 02/05/2022

    It is with deep sorrow that I witness the news of the passing of Jennifer. I shared many years as a colleague of Jennifer's in the GP Catholic School district and taught her children. In addition to that our families were good friends. I happened to be in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico at the same time that Jennifer fell ill but I did not realize that she had passed away. I want to extend my sincerest condolences to Ambi and all the rest of the family as they cope with this sad event in their lives.

  • 02/05/2022

    I worked with Jennifer at St. Patrick Catholic School in 2002. I will always remember and be thankful for her kindness and encouragement to me as a young teacher. My heartfelt condolences to the family on your loss.

  • 02/04/2022

    Our deepest condolences to Ambrose and family. May your wonderful memories help you through this difficult time. Merlin & Rosalie Duda Jenner

  • 02/04/2022

    Surrounding you all in love and compassion. I had the honour of working with Jennifer at St. Pat's.

  • 02/04/2022

    Jennifer was the kindest of people, she helped me through a time in teaching where I was sick & needed trusted guidance. She was incredibly kind, empathetic & let me know I could reach out to her whether in a professional or personal capacity. She'll never truly know how much I appreciated this, as a sick person it's hard to advocate for yourself & I knew immediately Jennifer was someone I could trust. As a person who lived & had a child(ren) in Yellowknife, moved to Grande Prairie to raise my family & teach & now love to travel to Mexico to insert myself into the culture, I just always felt she was someone I truly aspired to become like (not to mention she never aged 💕). We weren't super close but Jennifer was someone you always felt a connection with from the moment you met her. Thank you for allowing me to write about such a tremendously, beautiful soul. She really did touch so many lives 🤍

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