Jennifer Fancher

GIBSON CITY – Jennifer Christine Skinner Fancher, 35, died at 7:46 a.m. Sunday (Jan. 20, 2013) at her home in Gibson City after a courageous battle with breast cancer.

A celebration of life service will be held at 6:30 p.m. today (Tuesday) at The Gibson City United Methodist Church in Gibson City with the Rev. John Tennyson officiating.

A funeral service and burial will be held in Gordon, Neb., on Saturday, Jan. 26.

Jennifer was born Dec. 6, 1977, in Chadron, Neb., a daughter of Jerry and Mary (Oleske) Skinner. She married Guinton Fancher in October 1998.

Together they had two boys, Nathan Dean Fancher (13) and Andrew Paul Fancher (5), who survive.

Also surviving are her father, Jerry Skinner of Gibson City; mother, Mary Oleske of Wayne, Neb.; grandmother, Vanessa Oleske McConaghey of Denver, Colo.; and siblings, Julie (Scott) Skala of North Platte, Neb., Jeaney Harris of Wayne, Neb., Jerry (Alicia) Skinner of Gibson City, Janet Skinner of Wayne, Neb., Vanessa Peterson of Columbus, Neb., Matthew Peterson of Aberdean, S.D., and Eric Peterson of Aberdean, S.D.

Also surviving are her nieces and nephews, Janessa Ellis, Allison Skala, Tryel Harris, Sydney Harris, Alexa Elliot, Ashleigh Skinner, Anthony Krzycki and Stacia Krzycki; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Andrew Oleske, Marvin Skinner, Joe McConaghey and Arvilla Skinner.

Jennifer was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Gibson City. Jennifer began her life in Hay Springs, Neb., and then later moved to Gordon. She was a 1996 graduate of Gordon High School.

Jennifer was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2006. Her long and courageous battle was an inspiration to all those who knew and loved her.

Memorial tributes may be made to an education fund for her boys which has been established at Busey Bank.

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