Jennifer Gustafson

Jennifer Gustafson died on August 1, 2007 at Sibley Hospital in Washington DC, following an 18-month struggle against Breast Cancer. Jennifer was born on May 28, 1972 in Leonard Morse Hospital in Natick, Massachusetts, to her mother Sharon A. McGrath DelVecchio, and her father, Richard DelVecchio. Jennifer grew up in several cities across the Northeast States. There she attended the Catholic Schools, Holy Cross, Saint Brendans, and Our Lady of Victory, grades 1 – 8 developing a strong faith in God. She moved to Ludwigsburg, Germany with her family in 1986. She attended High School there graduating in 1990. She traveled Europe extensively while living in Germany returning to America to attend Smith College. Jennifer majored in Political Science and graduated from Smith in 1994.

Following her graduation she moved to the Washington, DC area and settled with her family in Darnestown, Maryland. She spent 5 years on Capital Hill working in the House of Representatives as a Legislative Aide. She left Congress to assist the Conservative Movement as a Fundraiser and Development Director for Empower America, The Capital Research Center and finally, The Independent Women’s Forum.

Jennifer met Erick Gustafson working on Capital Hill in 1996. They were married in 1998 in the presence of their families. Together they spent many years traveling and building a household on Capital Hill. Jennifer celebrated the birth of her son Ander Erlend on August 13, 2003. Following her cancer diagnosis on February 14, 2006, she miraculously brought into this world her beautiful daughter Greta Gisele on June 7, 2006.

Gladly leaving outside employment to care for her two children, Jennifer stayed involved in the Political Community as a part-time Fundraiser.

Jennifer always maintained an interest in travel and Europe in particular. She loved living and entertaining on Capital Hill. She had a strong appreciation for cooking fine food. Her first passion though was always her family.

For those that knew her, Jennifer was a lovely lady, a wonderful mother, a sheer delight to the end, and the light of our family.