Memorial Service for Jens Anderson and Opportunities to Help


560153_10151311627174094_1955432901_n11120_10100399384088319_5126860685083336367_nThank you for your outpouring of love, compassion, and desire to help Jens’ family and friends in this time of grieving.  In an attempt to simplify communication, I will put everything on this one page and update it frequently. (Last updated 4/17 @ 10:00am)  Please feel free to share this post.


Memorial Service for Jens Anderson

Saturday, April 18th at 3pm

Journey Church (1794 E Baxter Ln, Bozeman, MT 59718)

All are welcome.  Please bring your kids!  A reception at the church will follow.  Below are several ways we can use help for the Memorial and Reception:

  • Watch the memorial service through a live broadcast.  Below is the Livestream link to the event page for the live broadcast of the “Celebration of the Life of Jens Hagen Anderson.”  Viewers must create a free Livestream account to view the broadcast.  When you click the link, you will be prompted to login or create a Livestream account.  Once logged in, the event page is viewable and a picture of Jens is in the upper left corner.  LIVESTREAM BROADCAST for JENS
  • Folks are invited to bring hot or cold potluck food for the reception immediately following the service.  Please label your dishes and you are responsible to retrieve them afterward.  No need to bring drinks, these will be provided.  A meal coordinator will meet you at the door and take care of your food. (Thank you for answering the call for pies and ice cream – we are now more than sufficiently covered!!!)
  • Mason jars with pussy willows and/or tulips would also be appreciated to decorate tables.
  • If you would like to contribute your favorite (high resolution) photos of Jens for the purpose of being in the slide show, please upload to this Google Drive Folder by Thursday, 4/16 @ noon.  A selection of submitted photos will be included in the slide show.


There are several ways Jo would like to open the invitation to honor Jens:

Jens loved the beauty of the outdoors and we’d love to plant some aspen trees in his honor.  If you’d like to purchase an aspen tree celebrating Jen’s life, please bring it to the church no later than noon on Saturday, April 18th.

Jo has also asked that if you would like to make a donation in Jens’ honor, please consider donating to Obliteride or The Bozeman 3.

This summer will be Jo’s third year participating in Obliteride, which is a fundraiser for cancer research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle – an institution that has had in integral part in her niece’s, Allistaire’s, treatment for leukemia.  To donate to Jo in Obliteride this year click HERE.

The Bozeman 3 is a local non-profit here in Gallatin County, Montana which provides financial support to families whose child has been diagnosed with cancer and are forced to seek medical treatment out-of-state.  To donate to The Bozeman 3 click HERE.

Lastly, as many of you know, Jens loved to take landscape photos.  A number of his wonderful works will be printed and displayed at the service and available for purchase with the intention of Jo being able to take this money and create a book of his beautiful photographs.  A few examples are included at the end of this post.  If you are from out of town and are interested in purchasing a print please email Jo’s mom, Deb Wilson at “”

Check back soon for additional ways to help including a meal sign-up.

If you would like to send a card to Jo, her parent’s Deb & Bob and/or Jens’ parents, JoMarie & Lowell Anderson, their address are below:

To send mail to Jo and/or Deb & Bob Wilson: Jonell Anderson care of Journey Church, 1794 E Baxter Ln, Bozeman, MT 59718

JoMarie & Lowell Anderson: 14260 Kelly Canyon Rd, Bozeman, MT 59715

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10 responses »

  1. I somehow knew from the moment I read the name Jens Anderson that he had to be a relative of yours and my heart immediately sunk! I would send my prayers for any survivors of anyone who had died, but this seems so much more poignant because of all your families have dealt with just considering Allistaire’s health. My prayers will be with you as you also grieve your brother, brother-in-law, uncle, son – There just aren’t adequate words. I just pray that you all find Peace with the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!

  2. I would also like to purchase one of Jens’ prints. I actually grew up with Jens and the Anderson boys, we were all on the swim team together. I have so many beloved memories of Jens! My heart goes out to the Anderson family! You are all in my thoughts and prayers!!

  3. Thank you Jai. You have a wonderful gift of putting thoughts into heartfelt words. I have followed your blog and cried with you so often(after loosing two grand babies). I love you and your family so much and the strength you draw from the Lord is such a special gift. I pray you continue to feel his strength and look forward to sharing a hug with you some day soon. Thank you again for sharing your heart and God’s love.

  4. Praise God for the news about Allistaire. I love your little girl; she is a fighter 🙂 And we are continuing to pray for your family in the midst of grief, praying that He will sustain you.

  5. Praying for you and your family during this time of overwhelming loss and grief. I wish we could see now the way He is using it for eternity. We lift you all and Allistaire up to the Almighty daily and do wonder as to the news you received regarding her tests last week….not to “prod” you, but to let you know we care. We are so sorry for your loss and the trials you face. In the Shelter of His Wing–The Woodberrys

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