Schmitz Funeral Home obituary – Jennifer L. Whippie, 51, Bonaparte

Jennifer Lee Whippie, 51, of Bonaparte, Iowa, passed away at 5:56 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.
She was born on September 30, 1969, in Oskaloosa, Iowa, the daughter of Jimmie Dale and Sandra Lynn (Messerschmitt) Counts. 
Survivors include her love: Jeff Oaks; four children: Blake Warner, Drew Whippie, Shyanne Breitenstein and Mike Whippie; three step-children: April Smith, Ricki Boyd and John Oaks; several grandchildren; parents: Jim Counts and Sandra Counts; one sister: Rachael McCarty; two brothers: Jimmie Counts and Justin Counts and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her step-son: Jeffery Oaks and mother-in-law: Betty Whippie.
Jennifer graduated from Southeastern Community College’s accounting department in Keokuk. She worked as a aid for Harmony High School. Jennifer enjoyed gardening, flowers and all her grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 16, 2021, at the Bonaparte Baptist Church in Bonaparte, Iowa. It’s Jennifer’s request for no black funeral clothes. She wants people to wear bright, happy colors.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the Bonaparte Baptist Church in Bonaparte with Pastor Mark Caston officiating. Following her funeral, a video of the service will be posted on her obituary page under her “Tribute Wall” at
There will be no burial is scheduled at this time.
A memorial has been established in her memory.
Schmitz Funeral Home of Farmington is assisting the family with local arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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