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Jennifer L. Vanpelt

d. August 29, 2021

Jennifer VanPelt, age 40, of Athens, passed away on Sunday August 29, 2021 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

Jennifer was born June 24, 1981 in Springfield, Illinois, the daughter of Gary and Wilma (Ackerman) Donath.

She married Tim VanPelt on June 17, 2005 at the Mt. Pulaski Christian Church.

Jennifer is survived by her husband, Tim; a daughter, Kaylee; sister, Elizabeth (husband Jason) Barrett, Brad (wife Tracy) Donath; parents, Gary and Wilma Donath; mother-in-law, Denise (husband John) Sprague; father-in-law, Mike VanPelt; nieces, Adrien, Becky, Chloe, and Devan Barrett; nephews, Trent and Alexander Donath.

She is preceded in death by an infant twin sister, Diana.

Jennifer graduated from Elkhart Grade School, and later Mt. Pulaski High School in 2001.  She attended Lincoln Land Community College and earned an associate degree in Landscaping Design.

Jennifer worked for numerous landscaping businesses and she later worked at Roland Machinery in Springfield and earned her way up to Account Receivable.

She was a member of the Broadwell 4-H Club and was very involved with the Mt. Pulaski FFA Chapter.  Jennifer was a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Sherman.

Jennifer loved being a mother, wife and loved her pets dearly.

Visitation for Jennifer will be held on Friday, September 3, 2021 from 10:00 until time of funeral services at 11:00AM at the Athens Christian Church with Rev. Gary Frank officiating.

Burial will be held at Joel Hall Cemetery in Athens.

Memorials may be made in Jennifer’s memory to a fund to be established to their family.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at


  1. Praying during this difficult time and thinking of everybody Take care Love Elaine Fay

  2. So very sorry to hear this. She was such a sweet girl. Praying for you all.
    I’m sorry we won’t be able to be there, we will be out of town

  3. So very sorry to hear of Jennifer’s passing. She was such a fun person & my heart breaks for Tim & Kaylee

  4. WiLma, Gary. Tim and Kaylee so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. Liz and family…I am so sorry for your loss. You all have my deepest sympathy and prayers.

  6. So incredibly sorry for your loss. Jennifer was such and kind person who could always make you smile. Prayers for you all.

  7. I just wanted to let you know, Wilma, how very sorry I am for the loss of your daughter, Jen. My sister and Rea are close friends so I’ve been praying for Jen all along. May she have eternal and everlasting peace. And May God hold you in the palm of his hand and comfort you with His everlasting love.❤️

    May someday our paths cross once again.

  8. So very sorry for your loss . Our prayers are with all of you.

  9. Gary and Wilma ~ So very sorry for your loss. I will not be able to attend the services, but I will be carrying you both in thought and prayer during this difficult time. Blessings, Hugs and Peace Be With You!

  10. Elizabeth, Jason & Family,

    We are very sorry for your loss. Losing a loved one is never easy. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you and bring you peace.


    Marie & Greg Fleck

  11. Jennifer was a great friend. I will never forget her infectious smile. My deepest sympathies to Tim, Kaylee, and the rest of her family and friends. She will be missed by so many.

  12. I have so many memories of our girls, growing up together. This loss, I pray, will be covered instead with sweet remembrances of the many good things that were hers and yours. May God bless you all.

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