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Jennifer May Stopsen



Monday, February 6, 2023
1:00 pm
A Funeral Service for the late Jennifer May Stopsen will be held on February 6, at 1:00 p.m. at the St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 5120 49th Street, Eckville, Alberta.


Eckville Cemetery


In lieu of flowers memorial donations in memory of Jennifer May Stopsen may be made to the C.N.I.B., Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Eckville and District Historical Society C/o Box 122, Eckville Alberta T0M 0X0, or the charity of one’s own choice.


June 07, 1948 -January 30, 2023

Jennifer May Stopsen of Sylvan Lake, Alberta passed away suddenly on January 30,2023 at the age of 74.

Jennifer was born in Eckville, Alberta on June 7, 1948, to Jean and Edward Stopsen. Jennifer attended school in Eckville, graduating in 1966, prior to obtaining her Mental Deficiency Nursing designation from ASH now known as the Michener Centre in Red Deer Alberta. Jennifer furthered her education convocating from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Social Work degree. Jennifer worked as a Social Worker for C.N.I.B. and the Alberta Government.

Jennifer is survived and ever loved by her three children: Jessica Breen of Phoenix, Arizona, Matthew (Xinyin Zhang) Breen of North Vancouver, and Mitchell (Jolanta) Breen of Edmonton. Jennifer’s three grandchildren; James Breen of Edmonton, Olivia, and Adelyn Breen of North Vancouver, who will mourn the loss of their grandma. Jennifer is also survived by the father of her children Michael Breen of North Vancouver. Jennifer will be terribly missed and mourned by her sister Beverly (Stuart) Reynolds of Eckville. Jennifer is also survived by her cousins; David (Deb) Macrae of Eckville, Barbara (Ken) Schooler of Rocky Mountain House, Patsy Anderson of Red Deer, Shirley (Fred) Doberstein of Lacombe, Jean Gibson of Red Deer, as well as numerous family and friends in Finland, Scotland, England, Wales, Canada and the USA.

Jennifer was predeceased by her infant brother Donald Stopsen(1947), parents: Jean(2009) , Edward(1995) Stopsen; paternal grandparents: Hilda(1938) and Ludvik(1949) Stopsen; maternal grandparents: May (1992) and Donald Sr. (1976) Macrae; uncles and aunts: Wayne (1956) and Sadie (1977) Stopsen, and Donald (2015) and Jane (2020) Macrae, and one cousin, Merle Stopsen (2013).

Jennifer was a very caring and compassionate professional to her handicapped children during her career. A loving, devoted, protective mother and grandmother. A loyal and supportive sister, cousin, and friend.

Jennifer's faith was deep and abiding, her faith was the cornerstone of her whole being. Volunteering and a helping hand wherever she could and a champion of the less fortunate. Living to the best of her abilities; 1st Corinthians 14:13 GNB” Meanwhile these three remain: faith, hope and love and the greatest of these is love”

A Funeral Service for the late Jennifer May Stopsen will be held on February 6, at 1:00 p.m. at the St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 5120 49th Street, Eckville, Alberta.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in memory of Jennifer May Stopsen may be made to the C.N.I.B., Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Eckville and District Historical Society C/o Box 122, Eckville Alberta T0M 0X0, or the charity of one’s own choice.

Cremation entrusted to the Rocky Mountain Crematorium, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta.
Sylvan Lake and Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements. 403-887-2151


Trudi Roth nee Rhodes:

Stopsen’s lived across the alley and down a bit from us in Eckville. Jennifer occasionally babysat us girls and I in turn babysat her children a couple of times at her parents house when she and Michael were home visiting. I saw her a few times throughout the years and we always had a good visit. She was always smiling and so friendly.
I was sorry to hear of her passing and didn’t hear until the day of the funeral so wasn’t able to attend.
I’m so sorry for your loss Bev. Losing a sister is so very difficult. I will be keeping you in my thoughts.

Charlene Wilson:

I moved to Sylvan 5 years ago and Jennifer was my neighbor.

She was the first person that I told my husband passed. She was very kind and supportive.

She drove me to church every Sunday. We would joke about her being my chauffeur . She will be truly missed.

Lesley Gregorash :

I met Jennifer in 1972. We lived across the hall from each other in Calgary. She was one of my best fans in my years as a professional musician. She loved the song Time in a Bottle which somehow seems a fitting title right now. We stayed connected for all these years. I valued her friendship and deeply miss her presence on this earth.
My heartfelt condolences to all the family and friends who are grieving in her absence. It’s a real shock.

Christine Pfister (Cain):

Having met in Red Deer @ ASH Jennifer and I became fast friends. She incorporated me into her family and friends and I have so many wonderful memories to help sustain me during this time and beyond. Jennifer was one of the special ones. I will miss her greatly but look forward to when we will meet again.

Judith ex Ottawa:

It was 1971, five of us left Uni in Calgary to travel to Mexico by car. We lost two of the girls to romance on the way down and that left me, Jennifer and Derek. We found a camp site in Mazatlan and Derek disappeared back to Canada the next day. Jennifer and I were left to find our own way home.
She hitched a ride for us with an American couple who stupidly said that they had not seen a car accident on the road. the police kept us for hours at a firing range? while they waited for confirmation. They thought we might have caused it. Finally they let us all go and the next hurdle was the border where Jennifer got searched. She was not impressed.
Later we caught another ride to Seattle and there took a bus to Vancouver. We met up again with one of the girls who had left us, her and her new partner drove us to the 401 to catch a ride. A VW bus stopped, it had a stove! in the back of the van - quite dangerous but we were cold. The driver left us in Kamloops and we tried to hitch to no avail. I caved first and went to the local gas station to wait for a bus. Jen joined me an hour later and we rode into Calgary in style. This was one day in the life of Jennifer. I know she had many more joyous occasions, but I remember this with fondness today. My condolences to the family.

Joanne Pinder:

I have so many memories of Jennifer stretching back to our shared childhoods. She was always so animated and full of fun - or stormy and full of passions! I know she introduced me to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, and made everything modern seem exciting and adventurous! She seemed so grown-up and sophisticated! Jennifer had empathy to spare, and a heart as big as the sky. A couple of years ago, Jennifer was clearing out some things and she gifted us a set of mismatched China, which we use every single day - which of course means we think of her every single day. What a treasure. I will miss her so very much!

Fred Smith:

We are so saddened to hear of Jennifer's passing. I fondly remember our High School years, she always supported our basketball and football teams. I have wonderful memories from our days in Eckville High. She was a wonderful spirit and enjoyed life. She was very proud of her children. Very committed to her faith. Everyone that knew her loved to be around her. She will be sorely missed by family and friends.

Bev, I know it is a very difficult time for you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Fred & Liz Smith ( Arizona)

Anne Stinn (nee Faye Johnson):

I have many fond memories of Jennifer, not only through my dear friendship with you, Bev, but from our university days in Calgary where much merriment took place. I was shocked to hear the news of Jennifer’s passing and I am terribly sad about it. I cannot imagine how difficult this is for you Bev and for her close friends and family members. Please accept my deepest condolences and love at this time. Love, Anne
Driving to the funeral may be a big challenge for me right now, but I will be there in spirit and support.

Gail Wine (Erickson):

I'm so sorry to hear of Jennifer's passing. She was a very fun loving team mate on our volleyball & basketball teams. She was also always a cheerful person in school. Although I haven't seen her that much since leaving high school, I have very good memories of the times we had together. RIP dear Jennifer and hugs & prayers to all your family.

Lyann Kingsep Gagne:

I was shocked and saddened at hearing this news of Jennifer's passing.
. As students at the same school, we bonded when we discovered that we both liked the same 'BEATLE.' Yes; the same Beatle, but that was us in 1963/64. What a lovely person Jennifer was. I regret not seeing her for a few years.
And Bev, so sorry you must go through the heartbreak of this loss. To the entire family and loved ones, I send along my most sincere condolences.

Kimberly Hancock :

Jennifer will be missed by many people. She was an active advocate for her two boys and daughter. Rest in peace.

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