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Jennifer J. Sparks, 47, of Wausau, passed away at Aspirus Wausau Hospital on Saturday, July 31, 2021.
Jennifer was born in Rhinelander to the late Wilmer Sparks and Arlyce Boodry.
Jennifer was a tenacious, sassy, and sometimes stubborn, free spirit. She loved all she came in touch with and friended many strangers. You never had to wonder how Jennifer felt about something. If she had an opinion, she made sure to speak up, generally leading off with “matter of fact is…”
She enjoyed going to the fair each year and taking a ride to the casino with her sister Debbie. Jennifer loved, watching football and would always be cheering for whichever team was winning. Her sports jerseys were a cherished gift she received most years. She loved Pepsi and you would be hard-pressed to find Jennifer without a cold one nearby.
Most important to her were her family. Jennifer made sure to never miss wishing everyone a Happy Birthday, and these phone calls are something that the family will miss the most. Jennifer’s love and memory will live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her daughter, Serena; siblings, Debra (David) Lutze and Richard “Butch” (significant other, Vicki) Lutze; nephew, Justin Lutze (significant other, Heather); niece, Rachel (Bobby) White; as well as her great-nephew Easton and great-niece, Emerie.
In addition to her parents and grandparents, Jennifer was preceded in death by her infant son, Franklin.
A private family committal will take place at the Lakeside Cemetery in Crandon. Family and friends may go to www.helke.com to leave words of remembrance and online condolences.
The family would like to thank Dr. Erik Anderson, Dr. Clancy/Wound Clinic Staff, and the staff at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, especially Susan Hoffman for the kindness and care to Jennifer.
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