Jennifer Jo Sabin

  • Born: October 14, 2019
  • Died: November 9, 2019
  • Location: Wells, Minnesota

Bruss-Heitner Funeral Homes

255 2nd Ave SW
Wells, MN 56097

Tel. (507) 553-3124

Tribute & Message From The Family

Jennifer Jo Sabin, age 41, of Wells, MN died Saturday, November 09, 2019 at her home in Wells from complications of Epilepsy. A Celebration of her life will take place at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells on Thursday, November 21, 2019. Visitation with her family will begin at 2:00 pm until 3:00pm at the funeral home. Jennifer's family requests you bring a memory to share with her family as sharing of memories will begin at 3:00. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home is assisting the family. To leave online condolences, please visit

Jennifer Jo Sabin was born October 14, 1978 the daughter of Richard and Denise (Latusek) Sabin in Forest City, Iowa. She graduated from Blue Earth Area High School, the class of 1996. Jennifer held several jobs waitressing until she received her Certified Nursing Assistant certificate (CNA). Jennifer was a CNA in the health care field for many years, working in nursing home settings as well as home health care. In 1996, Jennifer met Chris Kauffmann of Wells and to this union their son Tyler was born, the couple have been together for 23 years. Jennifer enjoyed making her own jewelry and doing bead work. She would shop the thrift stores and make treasures for her son, and her nieces and nephews. She enjoyed the outdoors and liked to hunt for mushrooms and fish. She loved Bob Dylan music, and recently she and her dad went to a Dylan Concert.

Jennifer is survived by her son Tyler and his dad, Chris Kauffmann, both of Wells; her companion dog, Amber; her parents, Richard and Denise Sabin of Frost; sister, Tami Sabin of Bricleyn, MN; Chris' family: his mom, Marilyn Kauffmann of Wells, dad, Richard Kauffmann of Waldorf; Chris' sisters: Karen (Michael) Shaffer, Karleah (Evelin) Ramirez, and Kimberly Spilman, all of Wells, along with several nieces, nephews and many friends.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Jen I miss you so much I feel as if my heart is ! See you in my dreams. I thank God for letting me have you in my life. But I do wish it could have been longer. We will be together again!

Posted by Renae Christopherson - Hartland, MN - Family Friend   November 21, 2019

I'm so glad she and her dad were able to take in the Bob Dylan concert in Mankato recently. Everything went great and she had a really good time with her dad.

The home may be darker
and sadly quieter without her
But all must go on
Especially Chris and Tyler

She would want it that way
For loved ones left behind her
I can just hear her yelling...
Get out of the house, go have some fun!
Because your enjoying life and being happy is all that I want!
Nana K.

Posted by Marilyn Kauffmann - Wells, MN - Family   November 20, 2019


Jenny was my perfect best friend. I will miss her until we meet again on the other side. Love you Jenny!!

Posted by Crystal Legried - Emmons, MN - Friend   November 20, 2019

When Chris, Jenny and Tyler (Just barely 3 years old) came to live with me 20 years ago, I have to admit it took a while for Jenny and I to get along-After all, can you imagine living with your mother-in-law? Poor girl! But, after a few little spats and minor arguments over really silly little things like differences in how laundry was done and which bread was best for Chris' lunchbox etc., Jen and I learned how to actually laugh and joke about our different opinions and became good friends.
Knowing stairs we hard for me, she became the laundry expert, and took over the whole households loads (not without some complaining of course Lol !) But I will never forget that smile on her face when she would finish a neatly folded basket of clothes. I will miss that smile of hers!
I'm sure you would all agree she had the most catchy loud laugh that no one can or could duplicate! Her and I had many many laugh sessions over the years, ones where we'd end up losing our breath-you know what I mean!? Jenny was the one who would get me out of the house and go have some fun.! Seems it should be the other way around, but she was a go getter, tough gal and never let the seizures keep her down or keep her from going out and finding some fun! We would go to the thrift stores, garage sales, doctor appointments in Rochester, the grocery store, wherever together. While the seizures would happen places we went, she was extremely strong and tough minded to not let it get her down-Next day she'd be ready to go again!! I will miss her!
Our drives around town always consisted of her crazy crazy loud wonderful laughing at some dumb silly thing I'd say and her telling me jokes (some not so clean!) but would crack me up till I'd lose my breath and tears came from laughing so hard, we'd have to pull the car over to recover-I'm going to miss her!!
Continued.......Nana K., Chris' mom

Posted by Marilyn Kauffmann - Wells, MN - Family   November 20, 2019

Denise, Rick, and Tami, with a heavy heart you have all my sympathy in the loss of Jenny.
Jenny was one of my very first childhood friends. You had just recently moved up from Iowa, and we had met at the park across from my house. She said "hey girl, do you want to play?" I guess the rest was history. Finding out we were only 10 days apart in age I think that was our special bond from the start. Mine being on the 4th and of course hers on the 14th. To this day I will never forget her birthday. If I remember right we were both around 8 or 9 at the time?
When I think of Jenny I am reminded of many wonderful times together at the Sabin house. Playing with Max, flash, and Harvey. However I remember him having a "special" nickname. I had never knew people actually ate ketchup with their eggs,not to mention tabasco sauce, tasting the best chocolate chips cookies, and the wonderful smell of Rick's pipe.
When Jenny and I found a common like we played it nonstop. Many hours playing tetherball, tennis, and even some board games. We took up baking for a bit. It was a good lesson in there is a reason for "specific" measurements. Because WOW we had some horrible tasting cookies. I will never ever forget our adventure in trying to make donuts. I guess a hot oil pan and a counter top do not mix. We were absolutely horrified of how much trouble we were to get in for melting the counter. (Sorry Denise) hey at least you got the nice stainless steel top put in sooner.
We had so many "firsts" together. To name a couple...our first cigarette, and our first sip of beer. It was some warm nasty old can of unopened beer that came from who knows where. I think to this day that is why I do not like beer. Hey at never said we were always good! Hehe!
That is one thing that was never a shortage of... Laughing! When Jenny was in the room she would warm it up with laughter!
I am still just in disbelief that she is gone, I will always hold tight to so many special memories.

Posted by Jaimae Schmit - Oak Park, MN - Friend   November 19, 2019


No words can describe spending 23 years together I feel honored to been at your side you were everything to me my backbone when I needed courage my voice when I needed help my love that will never fade you shared your life with me and for that I will be forever honored forever

Posted by chris kauffmann - wells, MN - spouse   November 19, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with Jennifers family and friends. You will be missed!

Posted by Tami Waddell - Dickinson, ND - Friend   November 18, 2019

I am deeply sorry for your loss,Jenny was a wonderful person and friend,even tho i didnt get to see her much since i have moved up north,but she wont b forgotton and she will be missed very much.7

Posted by Elizabeth Hovland - PARK RAPIDS, MN   November 18, 2019