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Jennifer Lea Boccarossa

Jennifer Lea Boccarossa

Jennifer Lea Boccarossa, 30, of Little Rock, died November 11, 2013, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock surrounded by family and friends.

Jennifer was born on September 11, 1983, at Doctorís Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas to Larry and Patti Boccarossa. Jennifer can best be remembered for the love of her family, especially her son, Wyatt, her beautiful voice and her love of music.

Jennifer grew up in Little Rock and graduated from Mount Saint Mary Academy in 2001. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Music in 2005 and her Master of Education degree in Secondary Education in 2007, both from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR). She went on to teach choir for Oak Grove High School and Maumelle High School, as well as on the college level at both Pulaski Technical College and at UALR.

This past August, Jennifer began what she had always described as her dream job, becoming the Choral Director at Mount Saint Mary Academy. As an alumna of Mount, she was truly overjoyed and excited to join the faculty, staff, and students at this wonderful place that she called home. She had also recently been named the assistant artistic director for UALRís spring 2014 production of Carmina Burana, in which she would have played a major role in coordinating the efforts of five high school choirs performing with the UALR Community Chorus and Arkansas Festival Ballet.

Jenniferís voice could be heard in many different venues. She sang for nearly 10 years at Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, where she was the alto section leader and a frequently featured soloist. She was also a frequent soloist for the UALR Community Chorus, the UALR Concert Choir, and The Weekend Theater. As most who heard her sing loved the sound of her voice, she was often requested to sing the National Anthem at UALR basketball games and Arkansas Travelers baseball games. She was also requested to sing at many graduation and wedding ceremonies. Additionally, she sang internationally in Canada, Scotland, and Italy.

Jennifer is survived by her beloved son and the joy of her life, Wyatt; her parents, Larry and Patti Boccarossa; her two sisters, Ashley Boccarossa McNatt and her husband, Gabe of Little Rock; and Stephanie Boccarossa Short and her husband, James, of Jacksonville; her step-brother Stephen Boccarossa of Little Rock; her niece, Olivia Boccarossa and nephew, Austin Boccarossa, of Frisco, TX; her uncle, Robert Richardson, of Tampa, FL; her uncle, Garry Boccarossa, and his wife, Lisa, of Pine Bluff; her cousins Will and Taylor Boccarossa of Pine Bluff; and her two great-aunts Patricia Richardson of Little Rock and Mary Ruth Richardson of Maumelle.

Jenniferís personality lit up every room she entered. Full of life and full of love for everyone she met, she will be missed by so many people. She was an amazing person, whose love of music and teaching shined through in every part of her life. She will be remembered as a loyal and considerate daughter, mother, sister, teacher, and friend. She lived every day for her music, her teaching, and her family, especially her son, Wyatt.

A visitation will be held for Jennifer on Thursday, November 14th from 5:00-6:00 PM at Holy Souls Catholic Church. A rosary will follow at 6:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, November 15th at 10:00 AM followed by burial at Pinecrest Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Jennifer Boccarossa Music Scholarship Fund at Mount Saint Mary Academy Foundation, 3224 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, AR 72205 or to the Jennifer Boccarossa Memorial Scholarship at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Alumni Association, 2801 South University Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72204. Arrangements by Ruebel Funeral Home,

Condolence Book

"Larry, Ashley and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers during this terribly trying time for your family.

Beth Ingram"

Beth Ingram | Little Rock, AR |

"Patti, you and your entire family are in my prayers. You all are so special, and Wyatt holds such a special place in my heart."
Holly DeWese | Little Rock, AR |

"So incredibly sorry for your loss. Prayers are with you."
Theresa Southern | Nashville, TN |

"My thoughts and prayers go out to Larry, Patti, Stephen, Ashley, Stephanie, and Wyatt during this difficult time. May the Lord bring you comfort and your heart be filled with loving memories. I will always remember carpooling to school while singing our hearts out, the Boccarossa Christmas parties, and walking around Leawood in the snow. She was a wonderful mentor to me as a freshman at Mount St. Mary Academy while in Women's Chorus. She had the most beautiful voice! I will forever remember her as she sang "Ave Maria"."
Natalie France | Saint Louis, MO |

"To Jennifer's family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I knew Jennifer through the UALR Community Chorus. She had such a beautiful voice and such self-possession when she sang. My heart is just broken for you and for her sweet boy. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers."
Jennifer Reed | North Little Rock, AR |

"Larry, so very sorry to hear of this about your precious daughter, Jennifer. You & I graduated from PBHS together & I have tried to keep up with you & different ones. Just so sorry for this, Larry. I will hold your family up in prayers for continued strength. Debbie Joyce West"
Debbie (Joyce) West | Sherwood, AR |

"Jennifer was a fun a lively music leader and fellow singer. She will be missed."
Tracy | Little Rock, AR |

"Larry & family, I can't express my sorrow at the loss of your daughter!! God bless you & comfort you! Your family is in my prayers? "
Mollie Guest Culpepper | Sheridan, AR |

"My prayers are with all of Jennifer's family, friends, co-workers, students and all who knew this lovely and talented soul. I will miss her very much. I sung in the Choir for the past few months with Jennifer at Second Presbyterian Church and have loved hearing her sing there for the past several years. She has touched so many lives with her loving spirit, wit and wonderful voice. May the Peace of Christ be with you and all of us during this very sad time. Sing with the Angles our lovely Jennifer.w"
Michael Upson | Little Rock, AR |

"I wish there were words that could comfort you during this time of tremendous sorrow or something that would diminish the grief you feel.

Jennifer was such a shining star in everyone's life. One of her friends said it best in that he has lost a light in his life. I think that we have all lost that light and the world is a little dimmer.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kathy Oliverio"

Kathy Oliverio | Sherwood, AR |

"I have the honor of going to college with Jennifer. She was a joy to know and will always remember her smile. She is a great person."
Drew Pritt | Little Rock, AR |

"May you rest in peace sweet angel in our Father's arm and watching over eveyone and singing songs with your beautiful voice in heaven. You will be greatly missed!!! Rest easy sweet angel."
Mary Souvanna | Benton, AR |

"I am so very sorry for your loss and am praying for strength for your family. "
Christina Fowler | Benton, AR |

"Larry and family,
I am so sorry to hear about the news of your daughter. My thoughts and prayers for your family's comfort are constant and sincere.
Always, your friend,

Kristy Hales"

Kristy Hales | Little Rock, AR |

"There are no words to describe how sorry I am for your loss. Our girls grew up together and those memories will be held tight. Love and support coming your way. God Bless. "
Marlene Vadjunec | Madison, WI |

"Please know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers. The Boccarossa family has a very special place in my heart. I can still hear that sweet, sweet voice of a little girl, and then
watching it grow into a trained beautiful voice of a lovely young lady. "

Ginger Casteel | Pine Bluff, AR |

"It was such a pleasure singing with Jennifer in Concert Belles. She was the alpha of all of us and her warmth and kindness are what I most remember about her besides the obvious, her gorgeous voice. My thoughts are with her son, sisters and parents during this time. May he one day take comfort in knowing his mamma is singing with the angels. I will keep all of you in my prayers. "
Faye Smith | Little Rock, AR |

"I graduated 2 years ahead of Jennifer at MSM and remember her beautiful smile. Please accept my deepest and sincerest sympathies to your entire family. "
Jacquelyn Brubaker | New Orleans, LA |

"Praying that the God of all comfort will fill you with His peace and presence. From Concert Belles at MSM, when our daughters sang together, til now, it was always a joy to hear Jennifer sing. I know you will keep that song alive in Wyatt's heart."
Kerri Peden | LITTLE ROCK, AR |

"Ms.Boccarossa was a wonderful woman, full of life and joy. She touched every single one of her students, changing their lives forever. I was a student of hers at Maumelle High School, and she is the reason I plan to attend college. She is the reason I found my confidence in my voice, and that I wanted to become a choral director myself. I am praying for you all, and I am terribly sorry for your loss. I know one thing, I have some auditions coming up for college...and she'll be there, watching me the entire time...I forgot to mention that I just got back from a competition with the choir that she started at Maumelle, and we placed a Division 1, the highest rank you can get. And I believe that without her, it would have never have been possible. Life will never be the same without her, but I'm thankful that I have an angel of music, watching over me each and every day. Thank you so much for blessing our lives with such an incredible person. And may peace be with you all. "
Justice Jaeger | Maumelle , AR |

"Thoughts and prayers are with the Boccarossa family . Having heard Jennifer's voice I know that she is singing with the angels in Heaven. May God bring peace to you all in these difficult times."
Jeff Franzetti | Little Rock, AR |

"I am profoundly sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of Jennifer. I always felt like one of the family when we were young. I feel like I lost a sister."
Ashley Clark | Delta Junction, AK |

"Larry and Family
I have been praying for your Family ever since I heard about your loss and I will continue to pray for God to give you comfort and strength for the day's ahead."

Linda Kay Walters-Walker | Pine Bluff, AR |

"Thinking of and praying for your family. Never have I known such a beautiful, energetic, funny, and loyal friend as Jennifer. She will be dearly missed.

"Sing me a lullaby, a love song, a requiem.
Love me, comfort me, bring me to God.
Sing me a love song, sing me to Heaven."

Kelly Singer | Orléans, France, AR |

"I will always remember Ms.B. She was an excellent Womens Choir Director at UALR. I didn't know her very long, but she made an impact on my life. My sincere heart felt prayers go to the family and especially to little Wyatt."
Rochelle Rainey | Little Rock,, AR |

"Our hearts are heavy as we write this message to sweet Jennifer, and the family and friends who grieve and mourn her loss. It is a loss for so very many. Her extraordinary voice, Her love of music, and Her compassion for sharing that beautiful gift will never be forgotten.

Tears are perfectly appropriate... it is knowing someone who accomplished so much that her mission on earth From Jesus was finished here... only to know He has something more important and special for her to do now for all the caring hearts through heavenly music.

Our journey will be easier to have such and extraordinary example of faith and character to follow and emulate. We are blessed to have known her.

Imagine the glorious choir she is a part of now!!! And in every beautiful song... and every Christmas song that touches our heart... every song we hear from now on... we will hear her voice... and we will be comforted ... as it truly was a gift directly from God.

Rest in His divine graces, sweet Jennifer! We will pray for those you left behind, for their comfort and their peace.

But, above all, "we will be listening for you!" We hope to be will you again! "

The Leek Family | Maumelle, AR |

"Larry, Patti, Ashley, Stephanie, Stephen and little Wyatt,

My favorite part of working with Larry all these years has always been when we are done talking ATPA business on the phone, we talk about his favorite subject -- his family. It has been a privilege knowing your family through your stories, Larry, and I sense the Boccarossa home has always been one of activity, celebration, sometimes chaos, singing, friends, but mostly love. My favorite story will always be how when your girls grew up, you still left a light on, because one would always be wandering back in, coming home! And I know you will feel a tremendous loss in the midst without Jennifer's presence, as she exuded charm, character and exuberance. As a sister in a pack of three girls, I know how special that bond is, and my heart goes out to Stephanie and Ashley.

Tony and I will be sending our prayer from New York to all of you in this very difficult time. I will forever remember Jennifer of a young woman of personality, grace, courage, and kindness.

Our deepest sympathy to all of you, with love. "

Courtney & Tony Woods | Potsdam, NY |


Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and your family."

Danny & Doris Dructor | Milam, TX |

"As a fellow community chorus, I cannot express how sorry I am for your loss, Jennifer's beautiful voice was a joy for everyone who heard it. Please except my condolences.

Charlotte Russell"

Charlotte Russell | Little Rock, AR |

"What a wonderful, neat lady Jennifer was. Whenever I saw her, she brought a smile and a light with her. I loved her sense of fun, her talent and the happiness that seemed to always exude from her. She will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, and most especially her son, Wyatt. May God hold you all in the palm of his hand."
Bill Downs | Little Rock, AR |

Beau Humble | Athens, TX |

"My heart goes out to your family in in the loss of Jennifer. Her smiling face and wonderful personality has been a special thing and will be remembered by all who had the opportunity to know her through the ATPA. My prayers are with you and your family at this time.

Juanet Gaskin | Strong, AR |

"Jennifer was one of the strongest people I know, and I do not say that lightly. She was a fantastic musician, a wonderful mentor, and a fantastic friend. Her ability to handle anything life threw at her astounds me. I will always remember her laugh with a smile. I'm sending my thoughts and prayers from Oklahoma City for everyone who ever met her, especially Larry, Patti, Stephen, Ashley, Stephanie, and Wyatt.

We've lost one of the greats. My deepest condolences."

Shannon Rookey | Oklahoma City, OK |

"Larry, Patti and family our hearts ache for your loss. We love you and are praying for the Peace of the Lord to shelter you in this difficult time. "
Eddie & Liz Rinchuso | Pine Bluff, AR |

"My heartfelt prayers are with your sweet family. Words cannot express how sorry I am for all of you. Deepest sympathy and prayers for comfort and peace in the coming days."
Lara Barre Garmon | Maumelle, AR |

"Larry...Words don't exist to console a parent in the loss of a child. Please know that we are so sorry for your loss, and that you remain in our thoughts and prayers in this very difficult time for you and your family."
Tom Larimer | Little Rock, AR |

"Larry and Patti we are so sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter. We wish you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts."
Charles and Doris Hudson | Sparta, WI |

"Our thoughts are with the family at this time of
sadness. She will be remembered from the years of
fellowship with her and the family at the ATPA meetings and the expos and her talent. The family will be in our prayers."

Jerry and Shirley Tucker | El Dorado, AR |

"Jennifer, I am so thankful for sharing a part of your young, but too short life. Singing with you at Second Presbyterian,such a joy and inspiration for all of us. Will miss you in so many ways. Trying to find peace and understanding in praying "thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven". We all love you and will always hear you singing."
Jay Stanley | North Little Rock |

Deepest sympathy to you & your family. Praying for you all.
Kay Waldo"

Kay Waldo | Little Rock, AR |

"Words seem so inadequate for a moment such as this. May you find comfort in warm memories and the knowledge of being surrounded by friends."
Don Tilton | Little Rock, AR |

"Thinking about all of you in this very sad and difficult time. Will"
Will Stevens | Murfreesboro, AR |

"Larry, Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and you family.
Earl and Helen"

Earl Jones | Little Rock, AR |

"Larry, Patti,and family of Jennifer. We can't imagine the pain you are experiencing. Jennifer was an inspiration to us and to so many. Be assured of our prayers during the painful grieving ahead. I know that we will all try to honor Jennifer's life by trying to imitate the joy, dedication, compassion, and hope that characterized her life. May she rest in peace and rise in glory. Steve and Pam "
Stephen J Binz and Pamela D. Pike | Baton Rouge, LA |

"Larry and Family. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. Sorry I cannot be with you at this time of your loss. Heavens gates are opened wide as they have received two very special ladies this year."
Nadine Johnston | Warren, AR |

"My heart is so heavy I can hardly write this but I want Patti and family to know how much I am thinking and praying for all of you. I do not understand things like this and it is difficult to see the bigger picture but I know there is one and I know God has special plans for Jennifer. Prayers and love to you from myself, from CARMLS, and my son and all his friends from Maumelle Middle send their love and support. "
Amanda Tester | Maumelle, AR |

"Jennifer was always smiling and goofing and she was a joy to be around. My heart is broken for your family."
Jamie Finch Jilka | Little Rock, AR |

"My heartfelt condolences and prayers for Larry, Patti and the rest of your family. I've watched your family grow up and often shared stories with Larry about our children, soccer, UALR and work. Jennifer babysat for our kids a number of years ago. May God be with you during this difficult time. "
Jeff Thatcher | Little Rock, AR |

"Our love and prayers are with you all. We are so deeply at a loss to understand what you must be enduring, but we know God will be there for you. Peace and love be with you during this time."
Ray Marcantel | Hermitage, AR |

"So Sorry for your Loss! Jennifer was one of the first people that I meat at UALR. She was so kind and sweet and became one of my dear friends. She was always there when I need help or just someone to talk to! She was a light that will be missed greatly. So sorry again and you are all in my thoughts and prayers!"
Melissa Fuell | Sheridan, AR |

"Even though I only met Jennifer a couple of times Iíve heard stories for over 10 years about your whole family so I feel like I know everyone. My heart is broken for all of you. I know there is nothing that can be said or done to take the pain away but I am praying for the Lord to wrap his arms around your family and help your hearts to heal."
Debbie Klinck | Little Rock, AR |

"Our hearts break for your lost. Know we are all praying for your strength as you go through this rough journey. Jennifer was a wonderful person and I will always remember her hearty laugh. Heaven has another beautiful angel and I am sure she will be watching over you all. Take care of each other and let us know if we can ever by of any help.
Much Love and Blessings, The Flynn Family
(Gary, Robbye, Patrick, Vicki and Kristie).

The Flynn Family | Little Rock, AR |

"My heart is heavy that I can barely write this. We love you all and are going to miss Jennifer so much. "
Buff Easterly | Little Rock, AR |

"We know Jennifer is singing with the Angels in heaven and watching over you. Our prayers are with her family."
Lynda & Melissa Bertram | Little Rock, AR |

"Jennifer was someone, who was easy to talk to and she was so funny! We went to the same schools, all through college. My mother was her accompanist, and we both, saw her grow, as a vocalist. She was a talented musician and a great mentor to many.
My thoughts and prayers are with her family, especially her son."

Ariel Mattive | Little Rock, AR |

"She was so young to have touched so many lives. She will live on.

Jane Gordon | |

"Oh momma b, this is so crazy to even process.. You're are and always have been my angel. Thank you for everything you have helped me with. Seriously. If it wasn't for you, I wouldn't be alive right now and you and only you know that. I looked up to you soooo much, and can't believe this is true.. I'll see you soon. I love you, precious angel. Fly high and remember: your choir babies will forever sing for you. "
Ashtyn Hughes | Maumelle, AR |

"I'm so sorry for your loss and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers. "
David Lunsford | Sheridan, AR |

"Larry and family, so sorry to learn of the loss of your daughter. Prayers to you and your family at this time. May God hold you all close and comfort you. "
Donald Poe, SFC, Retired 431st C.A. | Little Rock, AR |

"As our Choral family mourns this unexpected loss, it is necessary that I peacefully offer my highest level of condolences to her Choral Family and students as a whole, as well as to her son Wyatt and to her entire family (both immediate and extended). Please keep in mind that we are all in this together, both as a choir and as individuals as we are truly part of her family. May she eternally rest and sing in peace in the highest of heavens and as the people say, Amen."
George H. Chambers III | Little Rock, AR |

"Jennifer was such a treasured friend. We will miss her deeply. She always lifted us and everyone with whom she came into contact. Her spirit was always so positive and refreshing. She smiled all the time. It was an infectious smile! I know the the Great Choir Director of heaven is enjoying her just as much as we all have. And, He will comfort us all until we get to have our next visit with her there!"
Joel Schmidt | Little Rock, AR |

"Larry, I am so sorry to hear about your daughter. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family."
Phyllis Slocum Roberts | Heber Springs, AR |

"In times of such a terrible loss such as this, I think that words could never adequately serve the need for comfort and condolence. Yet, words are our only tools for even feeble attempts to share in your loss and bereavement.

Our prayer is that the strength of our friendship will reach you and Patti during the difficult days ahead. Respectfully, Kenneth"

Kenneth R. Camp | Jonesboro, AR |

"Larry, Patti and Family -
Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. Love and strength to you all."

Billy and Sally Tarpley | Sherwood, AR |

"Patti, Larry and family,
Damon and I are so very saddened by the loss of your sweet girl. We will continue to keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers."

Abby and Damon McKelvy | Little Rock, AR |

"I am so very sorry for your loss. I am praying for peace and comfort for all of you that loved Jennifer. Anndra Ellison"
Anndra Ellison | North Little Rock, AR |

"Our condolences to all of Jennifer's family. We knew her from singing in the Community Chorus with her at UALR. She had the voice of an angel. May God comfort you at this time."
Ron & Brenda Sasfai | Benton, Ar., AR |

"Dear Larry, Patti, Ashley, Stephanie and Stephen,
My heart aches for you in the loss of your beautiful daughter and sister Jennifer. I have no words to make you feel better or to offer any real relief from your pain. May the Lord hold you and comfort you during this very sad time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. My sincerest condolences, God Bless.

Sarah Hendricks Champagne | New Orleans, LA |

"We were shocked and saddened to hear the news of Jennifer's death. Just a brief message of sympathy to say how very sorry we were to learn of her passing. We are deeply saddened by the news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. "
Creg and Karen Smith | Oak Hill, VA |

"I share my deepest condolences to the Boccarossa family. I speak LOVE & HAPPINESS into your lives and grant you ALL my VERY BEST WISHES.

Louis Heard III."

Louis Heard | Little Rock, AR |

"Our sincere condolences on the loss of your beautiful daughter, sister, aunt & mother. Mrs. Boccarossa was a teacher at Maumelle Middle School for my daughter. She enjoyed her class & we were saddened to hear of her passing. We will pray that God's love will surround you all during this time of loss. She touched so many lives & we have no doubt she is singing in heaven!

In deepest Sympathy!
Cheri & Cati Johson"

Cheri & Cati Johnson | Maumelle, AR |

"Larry, Patti, and Family,

Candy and I were distraught to learn of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through this tragedy. Only God knows why someone so beautiful is taken so early. If there is anything we can do please let us know."

Tom Anderson | Roland, AR |

"Our prayers are with your family. Jennifer was a beautiful girl who will be truly missed."
Cheryl Ward | Greers Ferry, AR |

I am so for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers."

Arlene Baltz Welch | Arkadelphia, AR |

"I'm so sorry to hear of the Boccarossa family's loss. Jennifer was always a bright spot on the MSM campus. My prayers and thoughts are with you. "
Jerrica Jordan | Carbondale, IL |

"My daughter, Abby, had the privilege and joy of having Jennifer as a teacher this year. The class was "Meet THE Beatles", and I became impressed at how much they actually did in that class and how interesting and fun Jennifer made it! I smiled everytime I would hear my daughter singing Beatles songs at the top of her lungs, and I knew where that was coming from! This past Sunday, Abby saw a poster of a Beatle's Tribute coming to LR this month and took a picture of it so she could share it with Jennifer at school the following day. So very sad she did not get the opportunity. Jennifer was a beautiful person and touched so many lives in her short life. She will not be forgotten."
Kim Rand | Little Rock, AR |

"My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. I was shocked to hear of this news. May God's love and grace surround each of you and comfort you.
Erica Rutherford Reardon "

Erica Rutherford reardon | San Francisco , CA |

"Patti, Larry, and Family,
Many prayers for all of you. I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Always one of my favorite families...."Those three little Boccarossa girls" from many years ago. May God bless and comfort all of you! Much Love, Sandra"

Sandra McKay | Little Rock, AR |

"Larry, I am so deeply sorry for this tragic and untimely loss of your beautiful daughter. We have been thinking of you and your family and our prayers continue to be with you daily. "
Sheila Bronfman | Little Rock, AR |

"I may not have known Jennifer long, but she was an amazing woman, and an even more amazing mom. My heart goes out to her surviving family, especially to her beautiful boy, Wyatt. The world is a little less bright without her light in it. I will truly miss her beautiful voice. "
Kat Young | Happy Valley, OR |

"Dear Boccarossa Family,

I am so saddened to hear of Jennifer's passing from this life. I may have only talked with her once or twice at our choral meetings, but with only that, she brought light and inspiration to me as well as others around her. I pray the God of all comfort will bring complete peace and rest to your family. Jennifer will surely be missed on earth and certainly welcomed in heaven.

Michael Crouch"

Michael Crouch, Choral Director | Harrison , AR |

"My prayers and thoughts are with Jennifer's whole family during this difficult time. I know there are not many things one can say or do to comfort the family at this time, but my heart is with you all. "
Dael Marie Usrey | Little Rock, AR |

"As a singer and a person, Jennifer shone brighter than most. I had the privilege of singing with her while in the UALR concert choir and have never forgotten the beauty of her voice or her radiant personality. She will undoubtedly be missed by the countless people blessed to have known her. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. "
Brandon Goza | Prattsville, AR, AR |

"Jennifer, it's crazy to think that I have known you for as long as I have. Though we may have not always been in each others lives, I will never forget you. You were a beautiful person and I know the Lord is listening to your heavenly voice as I type out this message. XO lady. "
Kimberly Archer | Little Rock, AR |


I was so sorry to hear about the loss you and your family have suffered.

We will keep your family in our prayers in the coming days, weeks and months ahead."

Richard Bearden | Little Rock, AR |

"I am so sorry for your loss. Jennifer is singing in heaven with the angels. May God be with you and your family and surround you with peace and love through this time. "
Kathy Jones | Ward, AR |

"Larry & Patti -
You and the whole family are in my thoughts and prayers. My deepest sympathy to you all during this difficult time. May God's grace bring you peace and comfort in your time of sorrow."

Rob Beadel | Benton, AR |

"We are extremely saddened and deeply sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are prayers are with you during this difficult time. "
Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants | Little Rock, AR |

"Larry, Patti, and Family -
I was so sorry to hear of your tragic loss. You are in my thoughts & prayers. May God comfort & strengthen you."

LeeAnn Shewbart | Hot Springs, AR |

"Preston and I are so sorry for your loss. Jennifer's inner and outer beauty lighted up countless lives through her work at UALR, OGHS, MHS and MSM. She brought so much joy to all who knew her and will be truly missed. We are praying for God to give you peace and comfort as you grieve over the loss of a mother, daughter, sister, and friend. "
Ann Polson | Maumelle, AR |

"Our sorrow is deep. Our sympathy is an understanding of your loss. We embrace each of you with our love. We are with you...may the Lord watch between us and thee while we are absent one from the other. "
Nancy & Thorkil Strigel | Harvey, LA |

"Our thoughts are with you and your family-we pray that God wrap his arms around you to guide and give you strength in the days ahead. "
Kim and Alyssa Zimmerman | Bryant, AR |

"Patti, Larry, Ashley, Stephanie, Stephen and Robert-
My heart is absolutely broken. I am so sorry this unbelievably horrible thing has happened to such a precious family. Jennifer's absence will be profound. May your cherished memories of her bring you some peace. You all will forever be in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Kiki"

Kiki Capps | Searcy, AR |

"Although we didn't know Jennifer as well as many others do, as many have said, we noticed she was a bright light when coming into a room. We will miss her so much - a void that cannot be replaced. Our loss is Heaven's gain. The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face to shine upon you, and give you peace."
Jeff and Mary Jo Parker | Austin, AR |

"Please accept my sincere sympathy on Jennifer's unexpected death. We mourn her passing, and are grateful to have known her for the time she was with us.

Know that all of you are in our prayers.

Linda Holzer
Prof. of Music, UALR"

Linda Holzer | Little Rock, AR |

"Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. As you comprehend this profound loss, let yourself cry knowing each tear is a note of love rising to the heavens... Jennifer you truly will be missed.

Sarah T "

Sarah Thomas | Maumelle , AR |

"We loe you all."
Don and Willie Wright | Mountain Pine, AR |

"Jennifer, people as us, that make music, are unforgettable . Now you're lighting up with your beautiful voice, some corner of heaven . Tchau, Jennifer"
Susana Menda | Aventura, Fl. |

"Larry and family,
I have not seen you in so many years, Larry, but have such fond memories of our early years in Pine Bluff at the Annunciation Academy and PBHS. I am so deeply saddened at the sudden loss of your daughter who I know is so loved by you all. May God grant you peace and strength to endure in the years ahead. Wyatt is indeed lucky to have such a close family to raise him knowing about his mother and her remarkable talent.
Love and prayers,"

Daria Wineland | Bartow, FL |

Sorry to hear of the loss of your daughter. Myself and my family will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time in your lives. "

David Smith | Arkadelphia, AR |

"Sorry for your loss.Jennifer will truly be missed."
Corey Lawrence | Little Rock, AR |

"Patti & Larry, I am so so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter. I remember when she was just a baby. I couldn't believe it when Kevin called and told me. He just happened to see it on facebook. I can't imagine your angst and grief, but please know you are in my prayers. Shirlye"
Shirlye Garner Marable | Batesville, AR |

"i love you and miss you mrs. boccarosa you were the best music teacher int he whole world. youre voice would make me cry eveytime you sung for our class. but i bet know you are singing for the lord. i cant wait to see you again. forever in my heart. gone but will never be forgotten."
sara eslick | NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR |

"Larry, I am very sorry about the loss of your very beautiful and talented daughter.Please let your whole family know that my family sent "out and up" a very special prayer for all of you . bob "
bob j nash | little rock, AR |

"Dear Boccarossa Family, learning of Jennifer's passing has shaken me beyond belief. I am so saddened that I did not know more of Jennifer. I met and had the pleasure of assisting Jennifer at Dillard's dress department when she, her mother and Wyatt would come in to shop for dresses on many occasions for Jennifer's many musical performances. Jennifer was always such a wonderful young lady to show the Social Gowns to and she would always tell me what had been happening since I last saw her. Jennifer was one of my favorite customers and I loved seeing her with her mom and little Wyatt in tow. I will miss her and never forget the conversations we had and I can attest to the love she had for her son, Wyatt. I am very sorry for the family and Jennifer's precious little boy. May God strengthen you as a family and hold you close during this most difficult time. My prayers are with you all."
Cynthia Kaelin | Maumelle, AR |

"Larry, Patti, & Ashley - I just wanted you to know that our thoughts & prayers are with your precious family at this time. Elise went to school with Ashley at Holy Souls & St. Mary & some of her best memories are with Ashley & your family. Your family wll always have a special place in heart because your family was always so kind to Elise, Mike & myself. Please know that I will pray for your family everyday."
Melissa Hatfield | England, AR |

"Dear Folks,

I was so saddened to hear of Jennifer's passing and can only imagine the grief you all are experiencing. I pray God will wrap His loving arms around you and give you all the comfort and peace that only He can. Words are never enough to express sympathies at a time like this but please know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of so many of us and may you be filled with every wonderful memory of your time with Jennifer."

Cliff Hudson | Louisville, MS |

"Larry, all of your friends in WSRI are saddened by the loss of your daughter.Please know that you and your family have our prayers and thoughts.

Jim Fendig "

Jim Fendig | Savannah, GA |

"Sorry for your loss. "
Anthony Stokes | Little Rock, AR |

"Our most-sincere condolences to Jennifer's family in this very difficult time. I (Molly) had the great joy and honor of being in the UALR Concert Choir and Community Chorus with Jennifer since 2004. She was the most vibrant, exuberant and joyful source of Light, Love and Laughter. I know that there are no true words that can offer an ease to your pain, but I hope that you all may find some small comfort in the seeing yet another in an amazingly long list of people whose lives were touched (blessed) to have known and loved Jennifer. Blessings to you, one and all.


Molly Crisp-Lindemann and Timothy Lindemann | Little Rock, AR |

"We have truly loved Jennifer in the short few years we have had the privilege of knowing her and sharing her many talents as a singer, director and friend. Our love and prayers of healing are with her family, and friends as they adjust to her loss. We especially have prayers of love for Wyatt as he grows to understand the loss of his mother."
Bob and Jo Ann McQuade | Little Rock, AR |

"Larry and family,

Words do no justice in explaining how sad I am to hear about your loss nor the pain you all must feel. Be comforted by the promise at John 5:28-29;

I will pray for you all.


Evette Browning | Jacksonville, AR |

"We were all greatly saddened by the passing of Jennifer. We did not get the news until late Friday afternoon or we would have all attended the visitation and rosary. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Debby, Thomas, Erin and Kaitlin"

The Ray Family | Little Rock, AR |

"My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this unspeakably difficult time. Jennifer was a precious, talented young woman when she was at MSM and grew into the accomplished adult who touched so many lives in her short life and career. I was blessed to have known her both as a student at the Mount and later as friends as we reconnected through Facebook. Love and healing to all her family and friends who are in so much pain right now. She is singing with the angels now.

Coach Carpenter"

Cheryl Carpenter | Jacksonville, AR |

"Jennifer was not just my teacher, but also my friend. She was a friend to many of us at OGHS and MHS. We all looked up to her. She was an amazing person and will be greatly missed. My prayers are with her family and most of all, her son, whom I wish could've known her like I did."
Lindsey Specht | Fayetteville, AR |

"Dear Larry, Patti, and family,

I have had all of you in my thoughts and prayers constantly since I heard the tragic news about Jennifer last week. Please know that I am keeping all of you in my heart and praying for each of you during this difficult time. "

Jennifer Lease Butts | Avon , CT |

"I had the privilege of accompanying Jennifer at UALR graduation in May, six months ago; she sang "For Good" from Wicked. We talked some before we performed. She was frank, expressive, funny, emotional, extroverted, a joy to be around, the way I remember her when she was my UALR student ten years ago. At one point she interrupted herself to point excitedly to the audience and shout "Look, there's Wyatt!" I'm sure Wyatt is very lucky to have Jennifer as a mother, and I hope those of us who knew Jennifer always remember her and are always inspired by her very rich life and work."
Rolf Groesbeck | little rock, AR |

"My thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family. She will live on in the hearts and thoughts of everyone who her generous spirit touched. "
Jennifer Lambert Johnson | Little Rock, AR |

"Larry, So very sorry to hear about your loss. My thought and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.


tom post | russellville, AR |

"Larry and family,
I am very sorry to hear of your loss. I am praying for you and all of your family. May God touch you in a special way during this time! "

Rob Kidd | Hpt Springs, AR |

"Larry and Family, I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your daughter. My thoughts and prayers are with you."
Allen Farley | Russellville, AR |

"Dear Boccarossa Family,

We are very saddened and heart broken to hear of Jennifer's death. You are in our prayers and thoughts and we are praying for God to give you the strength to help you during your time of grief.
God Bless,
Rick, Diana and Samantha Gregory"

Rick, Diana & Samantha Gregory | Roland Ar, AR |

"ms. b, things are chaotic here at the school with choir right now. mr. stanley is sick and hasnt been to school for two weeks now, all state is tomorrow, and we've been practicing for the carmina burana liek crazy. you know justice is going crazy and trying to run everything like you taught her, lol. oh and guess what? i'm in charge of the yearbook page for choir this year, you'd be so proud! you have your own section and its absolutely beautiful. we miss you so much momma, words cant even express how much. i cannot wait to see you again and be able to hear your angelic voice once again. but as of now, i hope your flying high and watching over me like you always have. you were such an inspiration to me and like a second mom. you know everything about me and helped me with things no one else could. i love you momma b! "
ashtyn hughes | maumelle, AR |

"Jennifer and I knew each other since we were children. We shared First Communion together. We graduated in the same high school class together. I would like to express my deepest condolences and sympathy for her family in this difficult time. She was an incredible woman with a beautiful heart, lovely voice, and sweet smile. She will never be forgotten. I will keep dear Jennifer and her whole family in my thoughts and prayers.


Adrianna "Binienda" Valenzuela | Little Rock, AR |

"i still cant believe you aren't here anymore.. i've just now gotten used to not seeing you or hearing from you or texting you on a regular basis.. you were soo young, and awesome and an amazing woman of god... i find myself asking that HUGE question.. WHY? i miss your diet coke drinking, silly laugh and joke making self! i miss you with all my heart and i cant wait to see you again! you will NEVER be forgotten.. p.s. your number will forever be in my phone because i still want to text it and have that silly slight hope that you will reply. I LOVE YOU MOMMA B! forever sing and fly in heaven. "
Elizabeth Francis | maumelle, AR |

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