Jennifer Kane


Jennifer Kane

From Eric (Jennifer’s Husband):

I’m sorry that I cannot phone all of Jennifer’s friends personally, and many of you do not know me, but the beauty of Facebook in Jenn’s life is that all us share a part of her.

I regret that I have to post that Jennifer died on Thursday evening, July 30th. Her funeral will be in Minocqua, WI, on Sunday, August 9th.

Zachary and I celebrate the friendship and love each of you shared with her. Thank you very much.

Jennifer Marie Waite-Kane
“We first held you in our arms on January 7, 1973. We understood what our purpose in life was through you and the love we felt in the words “Mom and Dad.” We held your hand as you grew into a beautiful woman with a purpose in life – to give to others. Through your mission work, your teaching and your life dedicated to youth we admired your love of the Lord and your desire to share that love. We held your hand again as we walked you down the aisle on July 25, 1998 welcoming Eric as your husband, lover and soul-mate. We held your hand as you struggled with Lyme disease for 12 years and admired your strength and courage as you embraced each battle with the words “tomorrow will be a new day.” And, on July 30, 2015 we held your hand and embraced you as the Lord took that hand and wrapped you in his arms.
You were one of the new missionaries who came to the Evanjelické Lýceum in Bratislava, Slovakia, and we bonded right away. We saw the evils of Man together, we climbed mountains together, and we taught children together. We talked about so many things on the banks of the Danube River – love of music, books, Packers and Steelers, philosophy, God, and faith. We returned to the States, married, and started a family together. We shared life. We shared love. Milujem ťa.

You embraced my loves and interests in the things I do most. You brought out my inner artist, shared with me your passion for music, encouraged me to try soccer despite my shy personality, and let me net all of your big ones on our fishing trips. You taught me and my friends German and you took me on the trip of my life–touring Europe, visiting your old friends, trying new foods, and blending in with the different cultures. You and Dad went to concerts with me, and we went with Dad on his work trips to the Dells. We have had some of the most beautiful experiences together, and I will treasure them all forever. Through your struggles in health you did everything you could to be a normal mom, and instead you did something better– you were my mom. Ich leibe dich mien Schatz.

You were a great big sister: a loving protector, a worthy adversary, a leader, and a family diplomat. You showed amazing love and respect in your kindness, thoughtfulness, and ability to forgive. We watched you do everything within your power to make better the lives of those around you. You will be missed immensely.

Jenn was welcomed into heaven comforted in the arms of her parents, husband and son. She will forever live in our hearts and the hearts of the many people whose lives she touched.
Jenn is survived by her parents Jeff and Jillayne Waite of Arbor Vitae, her husband Eric Kane and son Zachary Kane of Arbor Vitae, her brother Nathan Waite and his fiancé Katie Leone both of Madison, her sister Gwendolyn and husband Tim of East Pointe, Michigan.

Courage beyond words … We loved her because she was a part of us – daughter, sister, friend, wife, mother! Jenn! Ours! God be with you ‘til we meet again. TTFN

Funeral service will be held at Ascension Lutheran Church on Sunday August 9, 2015 with visitation from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM and Funeral Service at 3:30 p.m.

Online condolences may be shared at
Nimsgern Funeral & Cremation Services of Woodruff, WI is serving the family.

Read Jennifer’s Full Obituary Here


40 thoughts on “Jennifer Kane”

  1. to jennifer’s family,

    my heartfelt sympathies to her entire family on your deep loss.

    i never heard of jenn until now; but thru what you wrote on her obituary above, i came to know her and her love of life, family, friends, and educating others about lyme disease and side effects.

    when you are missing her the most, put on a cd/etc. of her hearing her voice, LAUGHTER, and watching her mannerisms/gestures.

    MAKE COPIES FIRST, filing safely away the ORIGINAL so it doesn’t get worn out.

    she was a beautiful woman; great photo above. RIP JENN.

    hugs/prayers to all,

    bettyg, iowa activist
    46.5 yrs. chronic lyme
    35 yrs. misdiagnosed by 40-50 drs; unacceptable!

  2. Dearest Eric, I am so sorry to hear from Liza of Jen’s passing, she was such a upbeat, encouraging person even when we were both racked with pain. We will keep her in our prayers along with praying for the strength you and Zack are going to need.
    Best regards,
    Tamara Kibler

  3. My condolences..she is now another angel sitting with our Lord….this is a terrible disease, with no end in sight…….I pray that someday a cure will be found !

  4. I am so sorry to hear this news. I have been so touched by your family and Lynn’s struggle. My thoughts are with your family and prayers for a resolution to this disease which touches so many.

  5. I’m very sorry for your loss. May she rise up in heaven in the arms of angels and rest in peace with no more pain. She will never be forgotten. All my love and condolences are with you always. Fly jenn, you beautiful sweet angel.

  6. I was not a friend of your wife, however I am someone who has had Lyme for a long time. Re-infected many times. My condolences to you and your family. My heart goes out to you and I hope you may find peace. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Deepest condolences to you and Zachary. My heart is so heavy to hear this. There are just no words adequate enough to say. The only solace is knowing Jenn no longer suffers. Praying for you, Zachary, Jenn’s family, friends and all who loved her 😢💚

  8. I am so sorry for your loss, please know that we all will keeping you and your family in our prayers. May God carry you through this time………

  9. Dear Eric and Zachary,

    I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. While I was not one of your wife’s friends on facebook, my partner has Lyme disease so I understand (to some extent or another) what a hard and trying disease this is. I hope that your wife has found peace and release from her suffering and that you and your son have a strong network of friends and family to hold you in this time of mourning. I am sending my thoughts your way.


  10. I’m so very sorry for your family. My heartbreaks for you all. May God be with you during this time. Jennifer may you rest in peace in the arms of our Lord. God bless you all.

  11. I’m so sorry for your loss! Every one of these losses hits like a knife to the heart. Not knowing what finally took our fellow warrior friends and feeling that we have been left and forgotten!!

    Even though I didn’t personally know Jennifer I felt like I did (we have 199 friends in common) and if she’s anything like me she will be up there dancing now and enjoying the freedom of not having pain and fatigue!!

    So, so sorry!!

  12. I am saddened by this news. I am praying for you whole family. This is a horrible disease I live with too. Please find some peace in knowing Jennifer is an Angel in Heaven.

  13. Hello Eric and family,

    I only IM’d with her once I think and I don’t recall if I asked her for a friend request or not.

    I’m so sorry to hear of her passing, from Lyme and other things I assume.

    I am sending prayers to you and your family.

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