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Obituary information for Officer Jennifer Diener; services set for March 1-2

Obituary information for Officer Jennifer Diener; services set for March 1-2

Jennifer Diener poses next to her squad car

Racine Police Officer Jennifer Diener is shown here standing next to her squad car, in a photo shot by her mother, former Racine County Executive Jean Jacobson. Diener died Feb. 15 from injuries sustained in a Feb. 9 traffic accident on Highway 20.

Services for Jennifer Diener, a Racine Police Department officer who died Feb. 15 from injuries sustained in a Highway 20 traffic accident six days earlier, will be held March 1-2 at Norway Lutheran Church, 6321 Heg Park Road, Wind Lake. Visitation is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, at the church, and then on Monday, March 2 at the church from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Maresh-Meredith and Acklam Funeral Home, 803 Main St., Racine, is handling the arrangements. Please send condolences to:

Text from her obituary is as follows:

Jennifer Jean Diener (1971-2020)

Jennifer Jean Diener, age 48, left this world to be with her dad in heaven on February 15, 2020, following complications from an automobile accident. Jennifer was born in Milwaukee on April 3, 1971, to her proud parents, Philip and Jean (nee: Jacobs) Jacobson.

A Class of 1989 graduate of Waterford High School Class of 1989, Jenny went on to earn her bachelor and master's degrees in criminal justice from UW-Milwaukee and UW-Platteville, respectively. Jenny joined the Racine Police Department in 1995 and had been serving the Racine Community with honor for the past twenty-five years. Her absence will be felt throughout the entire city. On September 22, 2001, Jennifer was united in marriage to the love of her life, Brian W. Diener at Norway Lutheran Church, where she was a lifelong member. They were married for nearly 19 years and were given the ultimate blessing when their daughter Taylor was born in 2004. Another proud moment came when Jenny escorted her father on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. in 2015. Always unassuming, Jenny will be remembered fondly for her great service to her community, her beautiful smile, her dedication to her work and coworkers, and most of all, her great love and devotion to her family.

Jennifer will be dearly missed by her husband, Brian; her daughter, Taylor; her mother, Jean Jacobson; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; nieces, nephews, other relatives, her Racine Police family and many dear friends. Jennifer was preceded in death by her father, Phil Jacobson on September 8, 2019 and her grandparents, Gilbert “Bud” and Norma Fries, and Robin and Leta Jacobson.

A Memorial service will be held at Norway Lutheran Church, 6321 Heg Park Road, Wind Lake, on Monday March 2, 2020, 11 a.m., with Pastors Kristie and Mark Jaramillo presiding. Interment will follow at Norway Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Sunday March 1, 2020 from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. and at the church on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Memorials to the Jennifer J. Diener Women in Law Enforcement Scholarship Fund to be used for scholarships for young women entering Law Enforcement have been suggested.

The family extends a special thank you to the surgical ICU at Froedtert Hospital for all of their compassionate care and to the entire community for all of the outpouring of love and support.

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