Jennifer Jean Oldenkamp was born on June 6, 1980 in Mitchell, SD to Randy and Sharilyn (Punt) Oldenkamp. She grew up in Mitchell and graduated from Mitchell High School in 1998. She received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of MN and earned her Master’s in Occupational Therapy at St. Catherine University in Minneapolis. Jen’s big heart for children brought her to a career where she could support and assist special needs children and their families with a focus on children with autism. She was most recently employed as a Program Coordinator at St. David’s Center for Children. She also worked weekends as a Site Manager at the Gillette Hospital Ronald McDonald House.
Jen most loved spending time with her family and friends. Her niece and nephews were the joy of her life and she took every opportunity to spoil them. Jen was a Minnesota sports enthusiast. She was an avid Gopher football fan and season ticket holder and also cheered for the Twins and Vikings. Her family and large circle of friends will most remember her for her big smile, sense of humor, energy, and spunk.
Grateful for having shared her life are her parents: Randy (Ardis) Oldenkamp of Mitchell, SD and Sharilyn (Mark) Grove of Cedar Falls, IA; two brothers: Kyle (Kelsi) Oldenkamp of Lincoln, NE and Kirby Oldenkamp (Courtney Diaferio, fiancée) of Denver, CO; and sister: Ashley (Tyler) Voorhees of Boulder, CO; niece and nephews: Avery and Jase Oldenkamp and Ivan Voorhees; maternal grandparents: Richard and Philomena Punt of Stickney, SD, paternal grandparents: Daryl and Hester Christensen of Madison, SD; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her cousin, Blaine Bennett.
Memorials can be sent to Sharilyn Grove at 1808 Quail Ridge Road, Cedar Falls, IA 50613.