Jenna O’Donahue, age 30, passed away peacefully on December 22, 2014 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, MN. She was born March 5, 1984 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, WI, to proud parents, John Jr. and Jane Winter.
Jenna grew up in Durand, WI and attended Durand schools. She was active in student government and a member of The Lasting Impressions Show Choir. She was Miss Durand of 2001. She worked at the Durand Community Library for 3 of her high school years, where she loved books and helping library patrons. Jenna graduated from Durand High School in 2002. Upon graduation, Jenna attended Whitewater University for 2 years. She moved to Georgia and married Aaron O’Donahue on March 6, 2005. They lived in Georgia where Aaron was stationed in the Armed Forces. The couple then moved back to Eau Claire where Jenna earned an Associate Degree at CVTC and later her bachelor’s degree from Stout University in business management, while working full time for United Health Care. Jenna’s most recent position at UHC was Senior Service Account Manager.
Jenna adored her two dogs, Boozer and Neesha. She enjoyed gardening, photography, and going to Eau Claire’s downtown farmers market. She was happiest when she was with family and friends. She was a very caring person and was always there to listen and offer support. Throughout her life’s journey, Jenna was a helping hand to many.
Jenna will remain forever in the hearts of her husband, Aaron O’Donahue; her parents, John and Jane Winter; her brothers, John (Avery) Winter and Jacob Winter (Marisa Polzer); maternal grandmother, Edith Prissel; paternal grandfather John Winter, Sr.; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, nephews, nieces and wonderful friends. She is preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Francis Prissel; paternal grandmother, Mary Winter; and uncles, John Prissel and Jimmy Prissel.
A celebration of Jenna’s life will be held at The Stokes, Prock, and Mundt Funeral Chapel Altoona, WI, on Saturday, January 3, from 1:00-4:00.
The family extends heartfelt thanks to the EMTs and caring staff of Mayo Clinic Health Systems of Eau Claire and Rochester.
In lieu of flowers, memorials if desired may be made in Jenna’s name to Eau Claire Humane Association or Pepin County Humane Society.
Cremation Society of Wisconsin is assisting the family. Online condolences may be shared at www.cremationsociety-wi.com.