Jennifer Ober

Jennifer Gorham Ober

Tuesday, October 25th, 1960 - Monday, March 23rd, 2020
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Jennifer Gorham Ober left this beautiful world on March 23, 2020. She was born on October 25, 1960, in Boston, Mass. She is survived by her parents, Barbara and Howard Gorham of Oxford, Conn., and her brothers, James Gorham and John Gorham. She was predeceased by her brother, Matthew Gorham.

Jennifer moved to Newtown, with her parents when she was four years old and attended Newtown Public Schools. She graduated from Newtown High School in 1978 and then attended Fairfield University where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. When her children were in elementary school, she attended Western Connecticut State University, where she earned a master’s degree in nursing. Jennifer worked as an APRN and felt privileged to enter into the lives of people and help them take care of their precious health.

Jennifer and her husband, Garry, lived in Newtown for 37 years where they raised their daughters, Bethany, Mary, and Claire. Bethany and Ethan Mannon live in Asheville, N.C., and are expecting a baby in May; Mary and Miles Carpenter live in San Clemente, Calif.; and Claire and Ben McCormick live in Durham, N.C., with their daughter, Elena. Jennifer was very proud of her daughters and their spouses, and she prayed they would continue to love and support each other.

Jennifer loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was a member of Walnut Hill Community Church where she taught women’s Bible studies. Jennifer believed that the Word of God is living and true. She believed that nothing could separate her from the love of God in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:39). Even in illness and death her hope was in a Living Savior who will greet her in Heaven.

In place of flowers, please make contributions to the Newtown Community Center. Jennifer loved swimming and hoped that all the children in Newtown would be safer if they could confidently swim.

A celebration of Jennifer’s life will be held in the spring at Walnut Hill Community Church. Please wear bright clothing and prepare to celebrate a very happy life filled with joy and gratitude.
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A celebration of Jennifer’s life will be held in the spring at Walnut Hill Community Church. Please wear bright clothing and prepare to celebrate a very happy life filled with joy and gratitude.


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Amy Marek

Posted at 09:33am
As I just learned of Jennifer's passing when I called to make a medical appointment for my son, I am sending my sympathy and condolences to Jennifer's family. My son was Jennifer's patient. How many teenage boys would actually want to have a female for their health visits? Probably very few. After one visit my son completely trusted Jennifer and loved having her as his health practitioner. Jennifer was so kind, and I can not even express how much her kind words to me and to my son over the last few years were. Jennifer told my son during a visit that he was very lucky to have me for a mom - (something that stuck with me as I was doing the best I could as a parent which sometimes is hard for a teenager to realize) I actually requested to see Jennifer as well as my health practitioner. I will always remember her and very much appreciated her kindness to me. She is an angel.

Peter Smith

Posted at 08:56pm
Jennifer was a dear friend from school and church. When we gathered in the summer of ‘13, for an all-school reunion, on the grounds of the former Fairfield Hills Hospital, she asked, “Would we be having this (the reunion for our collective grief) if they hadn’t closed this (the hospital)?” No one had an answer.
Jennifer was as kind and caring as God ever made them.
She will be missed and heaven’s reunion all the better.
Peter Smith

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