ALBANY – On Saturday, November 28, 2020, Jennifer Mary Campbell passed quietly into eternal life with her husband Denis at her side. Jennifer was born in Albany, NY on July 2, 1963, to James and Patricia Kelly. Jenni attended St. Margaret Mary’s Elementary, Mercy High School and the Junior College of Albany where she built many lifelong friendships. As a young adult Jenni loved working at Bob & Ron’s Fish Fry, then made her career as a public servant at the NYS Employees Retirement System.
Jennifer Kelly married Denis Campbell on September 26, 1992. Together Jenni and Denis found their dream home in Westerlo, NY, where they lived happily and enjoyed the fresh air, open space and beauty of the Helderberg Mountains. They enjoyed many outdoor activities and doing home-improvement projects so they could better enjoy the spectacular sights of every season together. From summer fireworks and stargazing or birdwatching on the deck, to relaxing in the warmth of their special room watching the leaves change color, and the snow pile up, Jenni loved her home her pets and her life with Denis.
Throughout her life, Jennifer faced many debilitating health challenges. Every event robbed her of something precious, but each was accepted with courage, grace and dignity. Throughout all of it, Denis, remained her strong and steadfast partner. With his support, Jen was always able to meet and conquer her next health challenge. She was a fighter, determined not to be kept down and together they found a way to accept each new situation and make the best of it. Jen never lost her personality, her love of family, or incredible sense of humor. She would laugh about the “what next” hand she received in life’s proverbial game of cards. Denis has been the ultimate example of a loving husband and partner. He demonstrated his love and commitment to his marriage vows with Jen on a daily basis. Prior to his retirement he found many ways to be present so Jennifer was never alone or afraid, and in recent years he became her fulltime caregiver. At the Campbell house, “love” has been a verb demonstrated in every word and action.
In addition to her cherished husband of 28 years Jenni is survived by her sister Patricia (Lynn) Sbrega; her brothers Thomas and Stephen Kelly; cherished members of the Campbell Clan including her dear father-in-law William (Bill) Campbell; her sisters-in-law Sharon (John) Jurs and Maureen (Michael) Vigliante; and her brother-in-law Don (Maggie) Campbell. Jenni is also survived by many nieces and nephews aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Jennifer was predeceased by her parents in the summer of 2019, her mother-in-law Carol Campbell, her young brother-in-law Michael Campbell, and some dear friends.
It was Jenni’s wish that she be remembered as she was in life. Because of her wishes, and also due to the Covid pandemic, there will be no public calling hours. Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Rensselaer, NY on Friday December 4th at 1:30 and all are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity of your choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hans Funeral Home, Albany. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com .
Click here to view Jenni’s resting place in Section 1, Lot 88, of Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, East Greenbush, NY (zip code Rensselaer, NY 12144).
Patti & Lynn
We’re so sad for you Denis. Jenni has been incredibly brave and I have been proud to be her sister. It’s a comfort to know that she’s free from all pain and sickness. God Bless her.
I’m so sorry to hear about Jenni. She is in my prayers. I hope you find comfort thinking of all the great memories of her.
-Matthew Thomson and Family
Lisa (Futia) Carter
Dear Kelly and Campbell families,
Our families were very good friends during our childhood years. We often had combined social gatherings, resulting in cherished memories.
Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this sorrowful time.
Mary Lynn Williams s
Denis and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss.
Jenni was a lovely young woman, she handled her health issues with such grace and always appeared happy. She was surrounded by a loving family.
On behalf of the LaBarge Family, Including Jenni’s Uncle Ralph and Aunt Eleanor LaBarge, we send our deepest sympathies to Denis and family. Jenni’s loving memory will always remain close in our hearts.
Love and Prayers to all of you.
Rest In Peace my sweet cousin, you will be missed terribly. Love you ❤️❤️
Dear Family of Jenny (Patty) she was always the sweetest girl ever. I am sorry for your loss.
Growing up she was not only the sweetest , but so beautiful as well! May her angels keep her at rest.
Please accept my condolence. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Denis and everyone else I am so sorry for your loss. Jen was a wonderful person who could make anyone laugh- she will be so very missed.
Missy and Tom Babcock
May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. My most sincere condolences. Jenni’s spirit and strength is an inspiration.
Luke and Donna Thomson
Our condolences to you and your family on the passing of Jenni. Remember the special moments you two enjoyed together over the years. May our prayers help comfort you through this difficult time.
With a heavy heart we say goodbye to Jenni. I have fond memories from our childhood years as cousins and will always remember her beauty and free spirit. Unfortunately she has endured so many health issues throughout her life, but Denis has been the loving companion and caregiver that enabled her to smile through it all. God Bless!
Patti. I am so sorry for your loss Jenni was always such a sweet girl. May you always remember the good times the two of you shared. Rest In Peace Jenni
Dear Dennis, Patty Tommy amd Stephen . I am so sorry for your loss . Jenny was a beautiful angel . Always happy amd full of life . Growing up we had so much fun ELisa Jenny and I had to much fun . St . Margaret Mary’s . , just the meeting place for all of us to become a group of friends to last forever.. I was fortunate to do Jenny’s hair for a bit ! After loosing Elisa , Jenny and I kept in contact. She was so loved and so blessed to have all of you . Jenny never lost that sense of humor . Nothing ever stopped Jenny from that smile . She is smiling down on all of you , I know . Rest In Peace my beautiful friend . We will meet again! And yes we will ride our ten speed bikes with you on a body cast on the back again ! ❤️
Maggie Duncan & Mike Moss
Dennis, I am so sorry for your loss. She was simply a lovely, wonderful person and will be missed. Jen is finally at peace after such a long struggle. My thoughts are with you and family. Love, Maggie