Jennifer Spangler, 61

September 10, 2023

Jennifer Spangler, 61, died unexpectedly in the night of September 5, 2022 in her apartment in Arizona where she was working.  She leaves her mother, Susan Curtin of Concord, and her brother Michael Spangler formerly of Concord and Oklahoma.  Jenny was predeceased by her step-father, Tom Curtin. 

Jennifer completed school at Concord-Carlisle High School.  During those years she also learned to fence, and she with her horse participated successfully in a number of cross-country trials, earning winning ribbons.  She started college at an honors school in Oregon; after one year there she left Oregon and traveled in Africa and also in Japan.  She then entered Harvard University where she completed her college education.  During those years Jenny became active in Harvard’s radio station where she designed a popular program featuring “Rasta” music from Jamaica.  Her interest in that music led her to take an advanced degree in popular music. 

After leaving college, Jennifer worked in a number of public radio stations across the United States, broadening her knowledge of a wide variety of popular music.  Her last job was at a station in Phoenix, Arizona.  There she became very interested in birds, particularly pigeons and their role in the World War when they carried messages between England and France.  She prepared a booklet about that role by pigeons, after learning more from the history in England’s museums. 

Unfortunately Jenny developed serious pains that affected her ability to walk and to stand or sit for periods of time.  She no longer was able to work, and unfortunately was unable to discover a doctor who could cure her constant pain. 

After her death arrangements were made by a Tempe, AZ undertaker.  Services have been private.  Jennifer will be greatly missed by her family, her cousins and friends.  Gifts in her memory may be made to the Audubon Society for her love of birds.