Sunday, April 22, 2012

Jennifer Clark Sinkking

I met Jennifer when she came to work at DGF in late 2006...early 2007.  We were located down in the Fairburn office at the old Exel building while we waited for the 2500 Sullivan Road facility to be completed.  Chris Avent introduced her to me.  She was the Domestic Sales Manager and I was the Area Domestic Manager.  We were a team.  She brought the business in and managed the customer relationship and I managed the operation.  We only worked together for a year and a half, but over the course of the next five years, she would become my best friend.  I told her in the very beginning of our friendship that she did not want me as a friend.  "I have so many commitments between work and the kids, that I will never be able to just hang out."  She just laughed at me and told me she wouldn't hold it against me...and she almost never did.  She would remind me that I had Peyton and he was great with the kids, and she was right.  He took care of the kiddos whenever Jenn and I went out for dinner or drinks.  We lost Jenn on February 29, 2012.  She was just shy of her 45th birthday.  I will never understand the events that led to her passing, but I know how she would want to be remembered.  Jennifer was bright, smart, sweet, intellegent and did her best to make everyone around her feel valued.  I met her parents today for the first time.  They drove down from Ohio.  I can't imagine how difficult it would be to be in Jack and Andrea's shoes.  Jenn always told me that I would love her parents and her brother.  She was right.  I guess we were at Ted's Montana Grill for a few hours and it felt like we just sat down.  Time flew by as we shared stories of Jenn.  When I drove away, I found myself smiling, knowing that Jenn would have been so happy about our lunch.  I have been missing her so much.  It wasn't unusal for us to go three weeks without speaking...and then we would talk every day for a week.  I find myself reaching for the phone on my way home from work....wanting to catch up.  I have to remind myself that she's gone.  I miss my friend.  I wish that we had spent more time together in the last two years.  Once Amelia came along, it made it so much harder to find time for anything outside of the kids, Peyton, and work. I wish I had made it to the Jimmy Buffet concert and I wish she had made to Christmas dinner.  It just feels like there are days that life gets in the way of living.  I'll hang on to all of the memories that I have of her.  Jenn, you touched my life....more than you ever knew, or than you ever took credit for.  Miss you chica!

Jennifer Clark, beautiful, wonderful and loving daughter of Jack and Andrea Sinkking, cherished sister of Michael (Shelly) Sinkking, devoted aunt of Sara and Ryan Sinkking, beloved niece of Joe (Nancy) Sinkking, Jean (Harold) Zeller, Carol (Jon) Willinger and many other cousins, left this earth for a better place on February 29, 2012 at the age of 44. Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 11 from 2 PM until the time of funeral service at 4 PM at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, 177 W. Main St. (St. Rt. 125), Amelia. Memorial contributions in her honor may be made to Lil Paw Prints Animal Rescue Haven, P.O. Box 393, Loveland, OH 45140-0393. See for additional information.