Jenifer Hren Gaffney, 61, passed away peacefully on November 15, 2022, after a long and hard-fought battle with cancer. Jeni began her journey with cancer 15 years ago and lived her life to the fullest.
Jeni was born in Boulder, Colorado on September 26, 1961. Her family then moved to Mount Vernon, Ohio. It was there she found a passion for all animals, especially horses. Jeni followed this passion to earn her Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine at The Ohio State University graduating at the top of her class in 1987.
Jeni met her husband, Sean Gaffney, through the United States Pony Clubs where their shared passion for horses sparked the beginning of their life together. After getting married in 1993 Jeni moved to Bath, Ohio, where she opened her veterinary practice, The Visiting Vet. She earned the respect of many and became well known within the community and beyond due to her compassionate care for animals.
Jeni volunteered her time for many events including the Bath Horse Show, The Bath Pony Club, Valley Riding, and other volunteer fundraisers. She loved reading and giving presentations to various groups educating individuals in equestrian sports and veterinary medicine. She always believed in helping others reach their full potential.
Jeni’s passion and drive in equestrian sports led her to compete at the top levels in dressage achieving her gold, silver, and bronze medals through the United States Dressage Federation. She reached this pinnacle in her sport after winning her first battle with cancer.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Robin Hren, and survived by her husband, Sean Gaffney; son, Colin Gaffney; her brother, Jeff Hren and sister-in-law, Wendy Hren, and their children, Casey Ellis, Wesley Hren, Taylor Hren, Christine Horrell, and Michael Brown.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at Saint Victor Parish, 3435 Everett Rd, Richfield, OH 44286, on Monday, November 21, 2022. There will be visitation starting at 9:30 AM with service beginning at 10:30 AM. In Lieu of flowers, please make donations to any of the following: The Dressage Foundation: George Williams Young Professional Fund, The Bath Pony Club or United States Pony Club, or Cleveland Clinic – Cancer Research.
Services in care of The Billow Funeral Homes & Crematory, Fairlawn Chapel, 85 N Miller Road, Akron, OH 44333.