Jennifer Garcia Obituary

Jennifer Lockwood Garcia
Jennifer Lockwood-Garcia
Jennifer Lockwood Garcia

October 10, 1970 - October 4, 2016
Born in Plainview Long Island, NY
Resided in Urbandale, IA
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Jennifer Lockwood-Garcia, 45, passed away on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, with her family by her side. She fought a courageous and inspirational ten-month battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Jen was born in Plainview Long Island to Jo (Serina) and Ted Lockwood. She graduated from Dowling High School and Iowa State University. She and her husband of 24 years, Joe Garcia, met while attending Dowling High School. Jen and Joe attended Iowa State University together and then moved to Minneapolis. They returned to West Des Moines after a few years to be closer to family and later moved to Urbandale where they are raising their children Emma and J.T.

She was a loving mother who adored spending time with her children, and attending their events. Many weekends were happily spent watching Emma at dance competitions, recitals, and Johnston Dance Team performances. She also spent summers watching J.T. play soccer and baseball and traveled to Williamsport, Pennsylvania to watch him in the Little League World Series this summer.

Jen was a 5th grade teacher in the Urbandale and Saydel School Districts. She loved being a teacher and her lessons of positivity reached beyond the classroom. She had an impact on many lives as a teacher, mentor, and colleague. Jen was also part of the Foster Aunt and Uncle organization impacting young adults as a mentor.

Jen is survived by her devoted husband, Joe, and the children she adored, Emma and J.T. She is also survived by her parents, Jo and Ted Lockwood of Urbandale, sister, Serena (Kevin) Peters of Grimes and sister-in-law, Paula Foley of Edina, MN. She was preceded in death by her brother, Ted, and maternal and paternal grandparents.

Memorial contributions may be made at the visitation, funeral service, or online in Jen's honor to the Aflac Cancer Center or Above and Beyond Cancer.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 6 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lutheran Church of Hope, 925 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines, IA. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, October 7 at 11 am. at Lutheran Church of Hope followed by a luncheon. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Des Moines.

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Lutheran Church of Hope
925 Jordan Creek Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA US 50266
Thursday, October 6, 2016
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Celebration of Life Service
Lutheran Church of Hope
925 - Jordan Creek Parkway
Des Moines, IA US 50266
Friday, October 7, 2016
11:00 AM
Chapel Hill Gardens Cemetery
4400 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, IA US 50310
Friday, October 7, 2016
2:00 PM