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Jennifer Farnham

December 2, 1971 ~ February 2, 2024 (age 52) 52 Years Old

Jennifer Farnham Obituary

Jennifer W. Farnham

Age 52

Of St. Paul, MN

Passed away peacefully and quietly on February 2, 2024.

Jennifer was born on December 2, 1971, at the US Army Hospital in Wurzburg, Germany. The family returned to Minnesota in April 1978 and initially settled in Brooklyn Park. Jennifer was a vibrant, fun-loving, and smart kid. She had a fierce passion for music, playing the flute in the marching band in high school and then the St. Olaf orchestra in college. She graduated from St. Olaf in 1994 and earned her master’s degree in education from the University of St. Thomas. She started her career as a student teacher in the St. Paul Academy Lower School in 1998 and was hired as a permanent faculty member in 1999. Over the next 25 years Jennifer taught Kindergarten, grades 1/2, and grades 3/4. She was a consummate educator, with an unshakable belief in every child’s ability to learn, grow, and become their best self. She was an indispensable member of the Lower School faculty and was a fierce advocate for making the community better through diversity and inclusion. She understood that she was a part of something larger than herself, and never stopped pushing herself, her colleagues, and the school to embrace changes that would help the students.

Outside of work, Jennifer loved cooking, kickboxing, and knitting. She was known for gifting everyone in the family knitted washcloths, or scarves at Christmas. Her main passion in life was her son Archie who joined her on the St. Paul Academy Lower School starting in kindergarten. She cherished being able to watch him grow both at home and at school.

Jennifer is preceded in death by grandparents Dorothy and Wells Farnham Jr., and Walter and Rose Maloney.

She is survived by her son Archer Charles Dougherty, Archie’s father Ryan Dougherty, parents Charles & Cindy Farnham and Judith & Barry Freedman, brother Wells, very special aunt Mary Whitney, dearest friends Michael-Jon Pease, and Christopher Taykalo, and many cousins, uncles, aunts, close friends, and colleagues.

A visitation will be held from 4-7pm on Wednesday, February 14 at O’Halloran & Murphy Funeral Home (575 Snelling Ave. S.). A funeral mass will be held at 10am on Thursday, February 15, at Lumen Christi Catholic Church (2055 Bohland Ave.). In lieu of flowers, we would request you consider a memorial donation to the Jennifer Farnham Lower School Scholarship Fund at or by mail to: St Paul Academy and Summit School - Jenn Farnham Fund, 1712 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105. The fund will be dedicated to supporting financial aid and program needs for students at the Lower School.

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February 14, 2024

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
O'Halloran & Murphy St. Paul
575 S. Snelling Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55116

Funeral Mass
February 15, 2024

10:00 AM
Lumen Christi Catholic Church (Bohland Ave.))


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