Jennifer Hamende

jennifer hamende
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Jennifer Lynne Hamende, 55, Fargo, ND, formerly of Hillsboro, ND, passed away on November 30, 2021, at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo. Jennifer was born on May 11, 1966 in Grand Forks, ND to Karen Guthmueller. Her father, Dennis Guthmueller, adopted Jenn in 1972. Together, Karen and Dennis raised Jennifer, Jaysen, Janelle, and Jessica in Hillsboro. Jenn attended Hillsboro High School through sophomore year and graduated from Red River High School in Grand Forks in 1984. Jenn and John met in 1994 and were good friends for a year before Jenn asked John on their first date in June of 1995. They were inseparable ever since. To think, twenty-four years of marriage started over barbeque sauce. If you get the chance, ask John about the story. They were united in marriage on January 17, 1998 at First Lutheran Church in Fargo. They had their vows renewed in February of 2012 on a mission trip in Nicaragua. The ceremony was on the beach, and was a beautiful way to express their love to each other. She was the light of John’s life. Jenn was a wonderful step-mother to John’s two kids: Alexiss and Curtiss. Together, they took many family vacations, to Kentucky, Utah, Oregon, New York, Brussels, and Amsterdam, the list goes on. Jenn inspired the kids to be creative, as well as develop their cooking skills. She loved the kids just as they were her own. Their bond was unbreakable. She was also a fur-mom to three beautiful Australian Shepherds: Joule, Jynjer, and JoZee. They brought Jenn so much joy and comfort. Jenn was the founder of her own business, Winds for Change, LLC. She was a spiritual healer, specializing in reiki, singing bowl sound therapy, and toe reading. She was a prominent member of the spiritual community in Fargo, and was well-respected by her peers. She had the biggest crystal collection, every surface in their home has crystals covering it. Jenn also enjoyed cooking, baking, playing board games and cards with her family and friends, and always wanted to win. Jenn was the most angelic person on Earth. Every day she woke up wondering how she could make someone else’s life better, even while struggling with her own health issues. She was incredibly strong, tough, and selfless. She will be missed dearly by her family, all of her friends, and those whose lives she touched every single day. Jennifer is survived by her husband, John Hamende; her step-children, Alexiss (Tyler) Muchow, and Curtiss (Bobbi Jones) Hamende; her parents, Karen and Dennis Guthmueller; her brother, Jaysen (Kimberly Adamski) Guthmueller; her sisters, Janelle (Jeff Patch) Toolsie and Jessica (Ryan) Marks; as well as many nieces and nephews who meant the world to her and many friends. Jennifer was preceded in death by her biological father Al Krueger; her mother-in-law Shirley Hamende; her father-in-law Gerald Hamende; and her grandparents Victor and Frances Ellingson and Clara and Clarence Guthmueller. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Matthew’s Voice Project: Or to the Fargo Public Schools Foundation:

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  1. My heart breaks for my family. Jenn was a wonderful human being, always quick to help anyone, with a smile that lit up a room. You will be so greatly missed, Jenn. I was lucky to have known you!

  2. Jen was an Earth Angel taken too soon. Gosh I am just still in awe of her passing. She has blessed so many lives. My condolences go out to her Hubby John and family and to the Guthmiller family as well. I consider myself very fortunate and blessed to have known her. We go way back to grade school in Hillsboro ND. She was such an amazing person. Prayers to her family.

  3. I didn’t get the chance to know Jenn real well, but what I did now and remember about her is how she made others feel!! So giving and wanting to continually help others was her gift!!

  4. So sorry John for the loss of Jenn. It was a wonderful time living next door and we always will remember the times we had together.
    Blessings and prayers for you and your family.

  5. John,I’m so so sorry. Jennifer was a wonderful lady and it was obvious the deep love she had for you, and you for her. My prayers are with you.

  6. My heart hurts so so so much, Jenn. Jenn was a huge part of my teenage year and ever since. I would see her just about every day after school when the gang would come terrorize her house (only sort of kidding). I will miss you Jenn, as I see her in her step children every day.

  7. John, I’m so sorry for the loss of your beloved wife Jennifer. May she Rest In Peace with your mom and dad, Shirley & Jerry, as they continue to watch over you and your family. I still miss Shirley too. Sending prayers to you and your children. 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  8. To John, family, and friends of Jennifer–we are so terribly sorry to hear of your loss. Though we only knew her for a short time, we are grateful for the chance to have met Jennifer. We send you our deepest condolences in this time of mourning.

    Love, The Lee Lake Campground Crew

  9. My sincere sympathy to the family of Jennifer. I was saddened to hear of her passing. I babysat for for her mom and dad a couple times when they went to market in the cities. I enjoyed your family.

  10. I am so sorry to hear of Jen’s passing. I had the honor of working with both Jen amd John at PRACS. I had actually interviewed for the same job that she got. She wasa much better fit for it. We did get a chance to travel to Chicago together for work. She was a truly kind and happy person. My thoughts and prayers to John and Jen’s family during this time. May you all find peace in the days to come.

  11. Dear John, I am so very sorry for your loss. I have so many fond memories of my fun-loving cousin, Jenny! I always enjoyed seeing her, and spending time together, when we visited our grandparents in Linton, ND. As we got older, I didn’t get to see her as much as I would’ve liked, but family reunions did bring us back together now and then and I am thankful for that. She was taken much too soon and will be greatly missed. I’m sure my dad (her uncle, Joe) gave her a big, welcoming bear hug when she arrived in heaven.

  12. John and family I’m so sorry for your loss. Jenn was such a treasure to know and have as a friend. She was there in challenging times and good times always with loving support. And of course you have a beautiful tribute to her in supporting homelessnes. Thank you for introducing me to Matthew’s Project and I hope you can feel the energetic support I send your way. Many blessings.

  13. Our hearts and love and hugs go out to Jenn’s family she will be missed by all of use no more pain for her but so many memories for us all her kindness will never be forgotten❤

  14. Words in the end of a life fall short. Our hope and prayer is that the wonderful memories of a beautiful life will continue to bring you joy and comfort.

  15. So very sad to hear about Jen’s passing. She has blessed the lives of so many in our community, including mine. I have met some of my favorite people through Jen and Winds for Change. She built such a wonderful community with her center. Her impact will never be forgotten and forever appreciated. Heartfelt condolences to John and the rest of her family.

  16. My heart breaks with all of yours as we mourn the loss of Jenn. She was an amazing person and will be dearly missed. Hugs and prayers for all of you!

  17. It was a beautiful service! Jennifer was so generous in offering her support to our Girl Scout troop. When she did Christmas baking for me to help me prepare for my son’s trip home, I ended up going home with more than I ordered/paid for. “Oh, just take these extras, too.” She was a truly good person. During her service, I did knit, which was the last thing I ever did with her, an evening at her house knitting.

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