Jennifer Anne Milner

December 28, 1971February 6, 2019

Jennifer Anne Milner, 47, passed away on February 6, 2019, in the Otsego Manor Nursing Home in Cooperstown. She was born on December 28, 1971, in Norwich. She was a graduate of Norwich High School and Mohawk Valley State College with a degree in media management and marketing. She worked the early years of her career in various retail businesses but found her true calling in working with rescue teams, serving variously as an emergency dispatcher, organ and tissue donations coordinator, and teaming with police, sheriff and fire rescue departments in Charlotte, NC, Albany and across Central New York, and finally the New York State Department of Transportation in Binghamton. She brought comfort to emergency victims by providing a compassionate voice to put them at ease. She was cited for saving more than one life by providing over-the-phone instructions in CPR, and prevented several tragedies by talking down people who were about to attempt self-harm. Often tapes of her emergency responses were used in training new dispatchers. In addition to her dedication to helping people, Jennifer was known for her open, cheerful personality and creativity. In the sixth grade she began competing in Odyssey of the Mind (then known as Olympics of the Mind) a creative problem solving competition. During five consecutive years of participation she won the prestigious and rarely awarded “Renatra Fusca” creativity award twice. In school Jennifer sang the school choruses participating in the NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) and earning top grades. She played the violin and viola in the orchestra and also sang and danced in school musicals including “42nd Street”, “Mame” and “The Sound of Music” as well as playing the lead role in a MVCC production of “Juvie”. Jennifer is survived by her parents, Richard and MaryJane Milner of Norwich; her brother, Andrew Milner of Bryn Mawr, PA; her uncles and aunts, Walter and Carol Milner of Arcadia, CA; John and Peggy Milner of Haddonfield, NJ; Eileen Milner of Alexandria, VA; Frank and Gail Gannon of Huston, TX; Peter and Anne Farley of Brooklyn; 12 cousins, Helen Milner, Walter Milner, Jr. and Robert Milner, Jack Milner, Matthew Milner, Margaret Farley, David Farley, Cate Farley, John Farley, Thomas Farley, Paul Farley, Elizabeth Farley, Christopher Farley, Frank Gannon, and Paul Gannon. She was predeceased by her aunt, Rosemary Milner of Havertown, PA. Adopted at five months, Jennifer was welcomed into her extended family whom she loved dearly, and considered herself genetically linked to them, being “switched at birth”. That fantasy came true in the last year of her life through a DNA test, which led to her biological sister, Jo Ann Begley of Binghamton, who eagerly stepped in to provide care and love for her “older (by four months) sister”. They immediately became inseparable and remained so for Jenn’s remaining months, remaining by her side until the moment she passed. A celebration of Jenn’s life will take place at 7:00 pm on Monday, February 11, 2019 at R.J. Fahy Funeral Home, 116 N. Broad St. Norwich. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 4:00 pm until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jenn’s memory may be made to The American Cancer Society at


  • Visitation Monday, February 11, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Monday, February 11, 2019

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Donna Farquhar

February 20, 2019

My sincere condolences to you all for your sad loss. It doesn't seem very long ago that those girls were in high school working on OM projects.

Glenora Howard

February 18, 2019

I first met Jenn at the American Red Cross- DCSC in Charlotte. My memory of her was that she was friendly and her smile. We kept in touch over the years through Facebook. My condolences to her family.

Margaret and Richard Newell

February 12, 2019

To the Milner Family

We were very sorry to learn of the death of your daughter Jennifer. Please know we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Rich and Margaret Newell and family

Pam Hart

February 11, 2019

Dear Mary Jane, Dick, and Andrew,

I was so sorry to hear about Jennifer's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very difficult time. It is apparent that Jennifer was loved by all who knew her. She certainly was a kind, caring and talented young woman. May the fond memories of happy moments you shared with Jennifer be of comfort to you in your time of sorrow.

With sympathy,
Pam Hart

John and Sue McCumiskey

February 11, 2019

Mary Jane, Dick and Andrew,

Sending our condolences in your time of grief. Jennifer was a wonderful person through and through. Even though we are out of town our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Sue and John McCumiskey

Pat True - Covell

February 11, 2019

Dear Mary Jane, Dick, and Andrew:
I am so sorry to hear of Jennifer's passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all during this difficult time. Jennifer touched many lives and and clearly made a lasting impression and will be missed by all who knew her. I remember babysitting for Andrew and Jennifer many years ago. It was so nice reading about all Jennifer accomplished and what a kind, passionate bright young woman she had become. Thinking of all of you during your time of grief . My deepest sympathy on Jennifer's passing.

Richard Franklin

February 10, 2019

Dear Mary Jane, Dick and Andrew,
I am very deeply sorry for you loss. I knew Jenn way back in elementary school and she was one I always felt like I always knew. A part of us is gone with her passing. Take good care of yourselves and know Jenn is proud of you and smiling from heaven!

Kathy Stratton-Williams

February 10, 2019

Dear Mary Jane, Dick and Andrew,
I am so sorry to hear the news of Jennifer's passing. She was a beautiful young lady inside and out. My love, prayers and condolences are being sent to you from Florida. May you cherish all the wonderful memories of great times you shared as a family. Love, Kathy

David and Muriel True,Sr.

February 10, 2019

MaryJane, Dick and Andrew, Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you. We were shocked and saddened to learn of Jennifer's passing. Her Obit is a tribute to her memory. We wish we had known her better. She was obviously a beautiful person ; smart, talented, kind, sensitive, caring, and a life saver to many persons. Finding her biological sister and bonding was truly a blessing. She demonstrated a life well lived, although all too short. We wish we had known her better as she was growing up and as a young adult. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you grieve your loss. Our hearts ache as we send our love to you. God Bless you. Muriel and Dave

Glenna Burke

February 10, 2019

Our hearts are breaking for Dick, Mary Jane and Andrew. Please know that you are in our thoughts and we pray that peace and healing will come to you in the days ahead.

Glenna and Miles Burke
Charleston, SC. / Palm Desert, CA