Jennifer (“Jenny”) Cook Casner passed away peacefully Thursday, December 10 with her loved ones by her side. She was the victim of a choking incident in Ipswich, MA.
From 1986 through the rest of her life, Jenny and family spent countless Christmas weeks and spring vacations in Boca Grande with her father, Sackett Cook, and stepmother Mary Cook. The island was one of her favorite places in the world.
Jenny was born Jennifer Lynn Cook to her father and mother, Phyllis Feffer Cook, in Baltimore on March 25, 1965. She graduated from The Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore and attended Hollins College, Roanoke, VA before moving to Boston as a broker’s assistant for Alex Brown & sons, investment bankers.
Having been a ranked Middle Atlantic Tennis Association singles player as a teenager, she retired from her financial services career upon the 1996 birth of her first child and became the Nonquitt, MA tennis professional. At the same time she and her stepmother formed Paper Chase, a company that sold personalized papers at trunk shows in Boca Grande and elsewhere.
Jenny and her husband Gregory Gulino were later divorced.
In 2001 she moved to Dedham, MA as wife of Richard Dana Casner, her devoted husband until her death. She took on the mothering of three stepchildren, Charlie, Liza and Charlotte Casner, while establishing Trappings, a Wellesley, MA women’s apparel shop. Once she closed her shop in 2011, Jenny began a new career as a personal stylist for J. Crew in Boston and an owner of Tusk Monogram Collections, Newbury Street purveyers of personalized linens and luxury papers.
Jenny’s daughters, Alexis (“Lexi”) and Talia carry on their mother’s traditions as fine field hockey, tennis and squash players. They were often seen playing tennis with their mother on the Gasparilla Inn tennis courts. Jenny was immensely proud of Lexi, a Georgetown University junior and Talia, a freshman at The College of Charleston.
In addition to her husband, girls, stepchildren, and her parents, Jenny leaves four siblings, Laura Cook of Millville, DE; Stacia Cook of Baltimore; Sackett S. Cook Jr. (Felicity) of Old Greenwich, CT; Pam Tamberino and (David) of Fallston, MD; two stepsiblings, Elizabeth Canning and (Adam) of Fairfax, CA; and Josh Canning (Wendy) of St. Croix ,USVI, as well as 12 nieces and nephews: Grant, Tyler, Conor, Gunnar, Giselle, Tabitha, Silas, Samantha, Nicholas, Stormy, Rocko and Shannon.
Jenny was a member of the New Bedford Yacht Club, Padanaram, MA. A memorial service in her honor was held December 16 at St. Paul’s Church, Dedham, MA. Contributions in her memory may be made to Conservation International by visiting conservation.org.