OBITUARY

Mrs. Jennifer Lynne Kessinger

January 20, 1973November 17, 2021
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Hearts are broken today as we announce our loss of beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend.

Jennifer passed quietly after a hard-fought and courageous battle with COVID-19. She was surrounded by her most cherished loved ones and lifelong besties, who will continue to honor her legacy of strength, loyalty, inspiration, humor, and kindness.

Jennifer was born in Manchester, NH and moved to Tallahassee for college after high school in Leesburg, FL. It was here that she met her future husband of 25 years, Jay Kessinger, with whom she created the most amazing family. She obtained her Bachelors in Marketing from Florida State University in 1994 and her Masters in Communications in 2002. The extraordinary number of lives she touched as an advocate for college students, adult learners, and aspiring lawyers is immeasurable. After 6 years at Keiser University as the Vice President of Student Services, she took her talents to her Alma Mater, FSU, rising to the position of Dean for Admissions at the Law School. Lifelong learning, leadership, compassion, and personal responsibility are all characteristics that she inspired in everyone she met. It never mattered if the individual was a self-doubting college student, a stranger in the community, a nervous parent, or recent graduate – Jennifer believed in them, and could always envision one’s success through higher education.

While she was successful and highly respected in the field of postsecondary education, Jennifer’s passion in life was her family. In the hospital, she was fueled by family and God. Logan, Jay and Kendall are what kept her going. Countless days and nights were spent with her, getting her what she needed, putting gas in her tank, and giving her plenty of reasons to fight and stay strong. There were not many times when she was alone, between someone always being there and all of the tokens of love in her room sent and brought by family and friends. Her enormous, emanating love leaves an everlasting footprint on all of the lives she touched. WE are all so blessed and better for having been a part of HER life. She will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered.

As partners, she and her husband started their family business, Fire Professionals of Tallahassee, LLC in 2011. Jay and Logan, with the support of Jennifer’s sisters, will continue serving the fire suppression needs of the community of Tallahassee that has been their home for over 25 years.

She has been survived by the love of her life and best friend Jay Kessinger; devoted son, Logan (Tiffany); maturing daughter, Kendall; mother, Brenda Sullivan; father, Joseph John Lacroix; sister, Jessica Tison (Don); sister, Nancy Sullivan (niece, Devin and nephew, Maxton); sister, Abby Brooks (Brandon, niece, Kylie, and nephew, Mikey); brother, Dan Sullivan (Tina); brother, Sean Sullivan (niece, Shaelin, and nephew, Liam); and brother, Joseph Norman Lacroix (nephew, Levi); best friends, Kristin, Maria, and Sherah; her dogs, Bart and Dart; and too many more to mention. She was welcomed into the heavens by her recently departed step-mother, Elizabeth Lacroix; step-father Daniel Sullivan, Jr. and, of course, God. She will forever shine on as the brightest star in our sky.

Please join us for farewells at Culley’s MeadowWood Funeral Home on Friday, November 19, 2021 at 6:30pm (700 Timberlane Road). We will continue with her Celebration of Life at Celebration Baptist Church on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 11am (3300 Shamrock Street East).

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, November 19, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, November 20, 2021

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Mrs. Jennifer Lynne Kessinger

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Linné Garrett

November 21, 2021

🌹 In loving memory of Jennifer Kessinger

If tears could build a stairway, and memories were a lane. We would walk right up to Heaven, and bring you back again. No farewell words were spoken, no time to say goodbye. You were gone before we knew it, only God know why...

Our hearts still ache in sadness, and secret tears still flow... What it meant to lose you, no one will ever know. But now we know you want us to mourn for you no more. To remember all the happy times, life still has much in store.

Since you'll never be forgotten, we pledge to you today...a hallowed place within our hearts, is where you'll always stay. ♥️

Dear Jay, Logan, Kendall, Brenda, Jessica (and all of the family) — Words , however kind, cannot mend your heartache but those who care and share your loss, wish you comfort and peace of mind. May you find strength in the love of family and in the warm embrace of friends. May God surround you with His peace - which passes all understanding - for truly Jennifer's spirit shines on in realms we cannot see; she is with you, beside you, her love lives on forever in each memory, every thought, and in our hearts.

Peace be with you, always ~
With love and deepest sympathy,
Linné

Mel Casey

November 20, 2021

Brother, I have no words. I’m stunned to silence. And you know for me that doesn’t happen much.

My heart is broken for you, Logan and Kendall. You lost a best friend and they lost a friend and Mom.

Your devotion to her in your marriage and most recently at her bedside shows how much all of you loved Jen.

I’m sad we never got to meet her. She clearly was an amazing person , daughter, sister, mother and wife. Know now she is in Gods living hands

I remember when COVID first started, sad that it’s been 2 years, Jen sent me and Terry 2 masks. She never met us but took time out of her schedule to see and send them. She was SPECIAL!

Terry and I are sending our love and condolences to all of you. Tomorrow I’ll have a Bon Bon in her memory!

Laura Rhodes

November 19, 2021

Dear Kessinger Family,
It’s been years since we have seen Jennifer and Jay but I still remember the fun times we had when you came to visit Ohio. We are very sorry for the loss of an amazing person. Prayers to Jay and your entire family.
Peace be with you
Laura & Jason Rhodes (Ohio)

Ryan Reis

November 17, 2021

I met Jennifer almost 16 years ago. I remember because she came to train me at my new job on November 23rd. That day was my 30th birthday and my wife had planned a party for me, but Jennifer the true professional made sure that I was getting the best training, even though it went well past 5:00pm. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this time.

Elisa Burns

November 17, 2021

My family met Jennifer when she and her family lived next door to my sister in Weems Plantation. As their family and my sister's family grew my mom kept both Logan and Kendall alongside my niece Jennis. She is their Nana Rosa. I tutored Logan along the way. We've watched this beautiful family grow with the move to Piney Z and out into the new home. We are all saddened by this loss. Jen was such a beautiful soul. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jay, Logan, Kendall and the family🙏

Neal Isaac

November 17, 2021

I met Jennifer when we both worked at Keiser University. I remember her as being extremely organized, caring, loving students, involved in community service, and a great motivator. I’m having a difficult time believing she has transitioned . She touched thousands of people’s lives. I pray for her family and loved ones at this time. She definitely made a difference in this world.

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