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Obituary for Jennifer Amanda Habel

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Jennifer Amanda Habel

January 18, 1969 - June 24, 2011

Jennifer Amanda Habel, 42, passed away June 24, 2011 from Natural Causes.She was born January 18, 1969 to Janice Caroline Edwards and Ronald Williams Habel in Alexandria Virginia.Jennifer graduated from East High School and attended Hameshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.Jen and John were married 17 years and were each others soul mates. Together they built Soul & Bones, the best Cajun BBQ west of the Mississippi.Jen is legendary for her documentation of Salt Lake City Punk and of the national punk scene over the last three decades.Her humor and point of view will be sorely missed.Jen is survived by her husband John and Zorak. Her parents, sisters Shana Habel and Katie Hillam (Brad), her brother Justin Habel (Emily), seven nieces and nephews and one grandniece.Come celebrate Jen’s life with us at Rock Cliff campground Jordanelle State Park on Sunday, July 10, 2011 starting at 2 PM until we drop.In lieu of flowers donations for medical expenses can be sent C/O John Dearmin to 1372 Craftsman CT. Layton Utah 84041Cremation under the direction of Leavitt’s Mortuary.Online condolences may be sent to the family at


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Date: Sunday, July 10, 2011

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Born: January 18, 1969
Died: June 24, 2011

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Roberta Clement posted on 7/17/11

I was saddened when I received the call from Janice and heard her pain as she told me of Jennifer. I have thought since then of many memories of Jennifer. Of course mostly they are of the little girl I knew who showed so much creativity and zest for life. I have an image of her dancing around in a special dress her dance teacher had provided - such a free and happy spirit. Condolences to John, who has for all these years been a recipient of her love.


Darla Spencer posted on 7/12/11

Because I could not stop for deathHe kindly stopped for meThe carriage held but just ourselvesand immortality.


Abbie Green posted on 7/3/11

In the short time that I knew Jen, she became one of my best friends. Always willing to listen to my drama with support and wisdom. She definitely taught me about life, people, myself and how to be a stronger and better person. I always will look up to her, and can only hope one day to be as competent as she was. You are always one step ahead of me...I will always admire you for your strength and courage. I will never forget what a good friend and boss really is, because of you. Thank you for everything, I love you and will miss you. Rest in peace. My sympathy goes out to the families, everyone who knew Jen, and especially John and Zorack. Love always...


Tom Vanderbeek posted on 7/3/11

Jen was the historian of our punk rock youth, every show I ever went to at the Indian Center she was there with her camera. I have many hard-core records with liner notes crediting Jen for the photography. That was then, since she became the soul mate, partner, & wife of my old friend John. They were meant for each other. They could finish each others thoughts and help fulfill each others dreams (Soul and Bones). My Heart cries out for John and their Families. Thanks Jen for what you have done for all of us, you will be missed.Tom Vanderbeek


Janine Terrill posted on 7/2/11

Thank you Jen, for making life more memorable, life more enjoyable, friendship more treasured, but mostly love and gratitude more plentiful.


Aldine posted on 7/2/11

I'm remembering Jen as being the little girl on stage at the Indian center with all the bands, mine included. Back then things were very close knit, and she was right in the thick of it. You never saw her without her camera on person. In 84 she hitched a ride with me to see the Faction play in Boise and we also got to see Steve Caballero skate Pushead's ramp! I'm sure she has pictures documenting that piece of skate history. As my memory recalls it was spectacular. After this trip we became great friends. There were scenesters making things happen in those days and she took her place along side the musicians, promoters, sound men etc. Much respect to her for recording such a vibrant time in our lives!


Robin Conley posted on 7/1/11

JenThe night John went with the boys to the Butthole Surfers, you and I went to see the Monkees, it was one of the funnest nights ever, we drank a bum jug of wine and laughed for hours at the fact we were under 50 and at this concert. and as we took a Cab home and had the worlds most insane Cab Driver, we were chewing our arms to keep from laughing at the insanity coming out of his mouth about " KIDS THESE DAYS". You are so missed , I can not believe that I am not going to hear one of your sarcastic remarks any more, or share another brunch with you. I have watched John love you for the past 17 years, I rarely ever saw you apart, we all strive for love like yours. Please know you will be thought of often and with all the love and laughter in the world, and that every one that loves you, will do everything in our power to take care of John, as you would take care of him. Rest in Peace my dear friend,love you Robin


Susan I Harrison posted on 7/1/11

Jen was a sweet person and a good friend. My heart goes out to John and her family.


Jeff Michael Vice posted on 7/1/11

My condolences to Jen's friends, family and associates. She will definitely be missed ...