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Jennifer Almanza
(12-17-1950 - 02-04-2015)

Jennifer Almanza, 64, of Elgin Illinois, died Wednesday, February 4 at Advocate Sherman Hospital. She was born on December 17, 1950 and moved to this area from Ohio in 1984 to work as a communication engineer for Ameritech. She left this position and moved to Elgin in 1994 to serve her passion as an advocate for seniors. This first led her to a position as activity coordinator at ManorCare Health Services and then to Activity Director and Marketing for Senior Services Associates, Inc. Elgin office. Jennifer loved the City of Elgin, its people and most of all seniors. She was recognized for her advocacy and devotion with an Elgin Image Award in 2007. Jennifer suffered a stroke in 2007 but continued to be an advocate for the City of Elgin and the senior population. She wrote for the Senior Services newspaper through the fall of 2014. She is survived by her fiancé Jeff Myers, host of Elgin Today, also 3 children; Michelle M. Murphy, Christa R. Lee and Jeremy S. Lee all of Ohio, 11 grandchildren; Brendon, Kathryn, Vincent, Ethan, Ronnie, Jessica, John, Byron, Brittany, Nate and Makayla and 1 great grandchild. She is also survived by her siblings; Linda Jones, Mike Jones, Pam Tice, Carolyn Jones, Roberta Jones, Robert Jones and Jeff Jones. Visitation will be from 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, February 10 at Laird Funeral Home, 310 S. State Street in Elgin followed by a gathering at Senior Services, 101 S. Grove Ave. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Senior Services Associates. www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com or 847-741-8800.

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