Jennifer Miller

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Jennifer Anne Miller, nee Baudendistel, 33, of Millstadt, IL, born August 7, 1989, in Belleville, IL, died Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.

Jenny knew how to live life to the fullest from a young age. There were few things she loved more than pool days with her family or vacations to Gulf Shores; she was up before dawn to get the best deals every Black Friday; and her room was a constant work-in-progress thanks to her and Kathy’s love for DIY projects. After graduating from Althoff Catholic High School, Jenny went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and two Master’s Degrees at Lindenwood University.

As an adult, not much changed: She was still happiest poolside or at the beach; she lived for a good bargain (or, in Kyle’s words, “using her Shady Lady math”); and not a day went by that Jenny wasn’t planning, prepping, or executing a project at home. Jenny grew from a charming, exuberant girl into a charismatic and selfless young woman. She organized the annual Kathy’s Crazy Christmas Bus in honor of her mom, which raised funds for Siteman Cancer Center and other foundations. Her commitment to helping others with cancer only deepened when she took a position with Siteman in 2015. Jenny was also a member of Junior Service Club of St. Clair County, through which she spent hundreds of hours giving back to her community.

While Jenny excelled at everything she did, her greatest accomplishment was her family. Jenny and Kyle were married on October 1, 2016, a day that was filled with all the beauty and detail that only Jenny could dream up. She found the perfect partner in Kyle, who gave in to her love of huge dogs but kept her grounded in every other way. She was the most patient and loving mother to Grady and Tess, and she treasured every moment with them. Everything Jenny did was for her family; she loved them fiercely, just as they loved her.

Jenny’s time with us was too short, but her 33 years were filled with more love, more friendship, and more passion than most people will ever know. She was the girl who didn’t let a broken foot ruin her semester abroad in Ireland. She was the girl who sang Janis Joplin at the top of her lungs and knew an impressive amount of ‘Roseanne’ trivia facts. Her smile was always the brightest in the room, her laughter was absolutely infectious, and her heart was pure gold. She will be deeply missed, but the light she radiated throughout her life ensures that her presence will always be felt.

Jenny was preceded in death by her mother, Kathleen Anne Baudendistel, nee McDaniel; and her grandparents, Fred McDaniel, Edwin Baudendistel, Gerry Miller, and Jerry and Garvin Pabst.

She is survived by her loving husband, Kyle Miller;
two children, Grady and Tess Miller;
her father, Bill Baudendistel;
two brothers, Matt Baudendistel and Dan (Jill) Baudendistel;
two nieces, Elsa and Liesl Baudendistel;
her grandparents, Louise McDaniel, Betty Baudendistel, and Bob Miller;
her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Pam and Jeff Miller;
a brother-in-law, Ryan Miller;
and many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Siteman Cancer Center. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, January 27, 2023, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, January 27, 2023, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. Marvin Volk officiating.

Private cremation services will be held at a later date.


43 Comments on Jennifer Miller

Mike Maurer said : Guest Report Apr 24, 2023 at 5:54 PM

I am a stranger. I did not know Jenny and I found her obituary by accident in an unrelated search. But I am touched and charmed by her obituary and wish to salute her and those who wrote this to honor her, I assume including her husband Kyle but also all others. Thank you, and bless her and my regrets for her passing too soon..

  • Columbus
  • Ohio
Darlyne and Wayne Newingham said : Guest Report Jan 31, 2023 at 9:37 PM

We were so sorry to hear about Jenny’s passing. From the few times that we’ve met with Jenny we knew she was a beautiful person inside and out. Our sympathy and prayers to the Baudendistel and Millers.

  • O’Fallon
  • Ill
Jason Baudendistel said : Guest Report Jan 27, 2023 at 10:28 AM

Jenny was probably the most positive and kindhearted person I knew. She will be greatly missed.

  • Troy
  • MO
Lori Dames said : Guest Report Jan 27, 2023 at 10:04 AM

My deepest and heartfelt condolences for your immeasurable loss! I was new to the Siteman marketing team shortly after Jenny’s diagnosis and was privileged to get some one on one time with her.m via zoom. For the few months I did get to work with her she always showed up on our Marketing meetings with that GORGEOUS smile and a kindness in her eyes that could not be taken for granted. I wish so badly we would have gotten more time to work together. Our entire team is shattered by her loss and I can only imagine what you are family are going through. My heart is gutted for Kyle and her babies! My heart is shattered for her father and brothers. I have heard too many stories of the deer and amazing Jenny and I only want more time with her. I want more time for you all even more!!!! Life is full of surprises- both good and bad and I cannot make any sense out of this. I only hope peace and comfort follows you wherever you go. I pray Jenny is felt by you all for all of your days ahead. There are NO adequate words for your loss! I’m left speechless and a loss for the exact right words so all I can offer is I am so so sorry! With all my love, Lori Dames

  • Saint Peters
  • MO
The Orsa Family said : Guest Report Jan 26, 2023 at 9:28 PM

Our heartfelt condolence go out to the Miller and Baudendistel Families. So sorry for the loss of your dear Jenny.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Kaci Eikmann said : Guest Report Jan 26, 2023 at 10:20 AM

Jenny was a bright light and a kind soul. She will be missed.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
The Hogan Family said : Guest Report Jan 26, 2023 at 4:24 AM

You lit up our lives with your kindness, warmth and beautiful smile and we are so proud to call you family. Rest in peace Jenny ❤️

  • St Austell
  • Cornwall
Jane Spreng said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2023 at 9:57 PM

It is so hard to believe that the lovely girl I remember from her grade school years will not be with us here any more. Prayers for her. Also for Kyle and their children and Jeff and Pam. God is with you.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Charlie and Kate Juneau said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2023 at 8:39 PM

We are so overwhelmed with grief to hear of Jenny passing. We cannot imagine what you must be going thru. She was such a joy to be around and we are fortunate to have known her. Our prayers are to get you through this difficult time.

  • Glen Carbon
  • Illinois
Patricia A Schaefer said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2023 at 6:28 PM

So very sorry for your loss. So sad. You all are in my prayers.

  • IL
Keith and Ronda Baudendistel said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2023 at 4:29 PM

She was so beautiful. Sorry for your loss. We had never met her. May her light continue to shine on. Sending prayers for her family

  • Cahokia
  • IL
Mary and Gary Blome said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2023 at 7:02 AM

Our deepest sympathy to the entire Miller and Baudendistel families. Jenny was such a genuine, beautiful person inside and out. She truly lit up a room with her beautiful smile and always had a way of making a person feel special. May you find comfort in all the loving memories you had together. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Carli Connors said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2023 at 2:44 AM

My heart is devastated and broken after hearing of the passing of Jenny. When Starting high school freshman year at Althoff I can remember being overwhelmed and intimidated but Jenny was always so nice, so happy and so positive and always nice to everyone. I am honored to have been able to her a friend and I pray that her family, husband and children find strength in their healing! Rest in peace, Jenny! You will truly truly be missed! ~Carli Connors

  • Saint Louis
  • MO
Nathan Kamp said : Guest Report Jan 24, 2023 at 11:04 PM

Jenny had such a kind and uplifting spirit. My condolences to Kyle, Grady, Tess and the rest of the family.

  • Denver
  • CO
Madeline Brophy said : Guest Report Jan 24, 2023 at 11:01 PM

Jenny, you were such a light. In every sense. I started working with you spring of 2021 and you welcomed me. You made me feel special, a part of something. We’ll miss you, always. We’ll hear your laugh, and see your smile in the hallways. I’m so sorry to your family and friends- we weren’t ready for this but how could we be? You should be here so we’ll think of you often. Of the footprints you've left, the hearts you’ve touched, in so many of our patients lives. And in so many of your coworkers. I can still see you in my zoom meetings- hear your laugh, see your smile. You’re no doubt watching over us and we’ll be looking for you. Xoxo. Madeline B

  • Saint Louis
  • Missouri
Margaret Tucker said : Guest Report Jan 24, 2023 at 9:00 PM

Jenny was a beautiful person who truly sparkled with joy. I'm praying hard for Kyle, Grady, Tess, and all of her loved ones.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Tim Heffernan said : Guest Report Jan 24, 2023 at 7:52 PM

I remember that Jenny was so sweet when we were classmates at QP. She was genuine, kind, and corny as it may sound, a real ray of sunshine. My sincerest condolences for your loss.

  • Mountain Center
  • California
Robert & Bonnie Havrilla said : Guest Report Jan 24, 2023 at 3:55 PM

We are very sorry for your loss! We will continue to pray for your family.

  • FL
Brad Lechner said : Guest Report Jan 23, 2023 at 5:27 PM

Jenny was my favorite client - her presence oozed positivity and fun, she was easygoing despite also being very prepared, organized, and decisive. She often spoke of her kids and home projects, and she just brightened the room and raised everyone's spirits. My thoughts are with her family, I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Fenton
  • MO
Joyce Romine said : Guest Report Jan 23, 2023 at 11:06 AM

Jenny was a true light in this world. Her warm, kind spirit was evident from the minute you met her. My heart goes out to her family. Sending prayers for comfort.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Rachel Sorensen said : Guest Report Jan 23, 2023 at 9:06 AM

While I did not know Jenny well, she had that ability to brighten a room and immediately treat you like a close friend. Love and prayers to Kyle, Grady, and Tess.

  • Maryville
  • IL
Kia Christopher said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2023 at 7:15 PM

Jen loved us all so well and I'll miss her every single day. Sending prayers to all who, like me, are reeling over this tremendous loss -- and especially to Kyle, Grady, Tess, Bill, and Louise. xx

  • Columbus
  • North Carolina
Mary Reuter said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2023 at 4:25 PM

Jenny was an inspiration to everyone around her she was my grad assistant at LU-Belleville. I remember her taking charge of the dog event at LU and her ideas and laughter was amazing. We kept in touch through the years and I am so proud of the person she was. Love to your family. I know you will be watching them from heaven.

  • St Louis
  • MO
Mike Wamble said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2023 at 3:59 PM

So sorry for your loss of your wife mother, daughter,, niece, to all her friends whom ever had the privilege of knowing Jennifer. Though she might not be with us now her spirit will always live in the lives by everyone who knew her. Prayers and thoughts for the family especially her husband and two kids .

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Lynne Gebert Tavernaro said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2023 at 9:56 AM

Words can’t express how sorry that I am for your family and the sorrow and loss you must be feeling. My heart breaks for her babies, husband, her Dad and brothers. With sincere sympathy to all. Lynne Gebert Tavernaro

  • Overland Park
  • Kansas
Josh Owens said : Guest Report Jan 21, 2023 at 9:59 PM

I remember Jenny from Mr Beine's photography class at Althoff. It's so very sad to hear of her passing. Our hearts go out to her children and husband. Be at peace, Jenny. May God console and bless her family.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Kim and Joe Lautner said : Guest Report Jan 21, 2023 at 4:04 PM

We are so sorry for your loss. We continue praying for your family.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois(IL)
Dustin Horn said : Guest Report Jan 21, 2023 at 3:18 PM

Jenny was always a blessing to me. She was creative, fun and caring. She will be sorely missed and always remembered.

  • Washington
  • MO
Mallory Droit said : Guest Report Jan 21, 2023 at 2:16 PM

Jenny brought life into every room she walked into and her smile made others feel good just by seeing it. It hurts my heart that she was taken from this life so early. She will be missed dearly.

  • St. Louis
  • Missouri said : Guest Report Jan 21, 2023 at 2:11 PM

So sorry for your loss. Love the Biegler Family.

  • Boise
  • Idaho
Cindy MAnjounes said : Guest Report Jan 21, 2023 at 1:50 PM

Jenny was my birthday buddy with both of us being born on August 7. She was amazing in every way and I loved the time we spent at LU Belleville. Her smile was infectious and she made impressions on people that will last a lifetime . Fly high sweet angel ❤️

  • Lake Worth
  • FL
Tyler Renner said : Guest Report Jan 21, 2023 at 1:41 PM

There are no words. It just hurts. There is just surprise. Jen was exactly as the words above. Jen was a good person. Not many people can actually be called that, But Jen was a good person!

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Jonathan and Kim Frank said : Guest Report Jan 21, 2023 at 1:33 PM

We are devastated by the loss of Jenny. She was the absolute best and meant so much to us. Jenny lit up every room she walked into and exuded the kind of warmth and friendliness that most can only wish to be able to. All of our love to her and her family.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Brad and Liz McCartney said : Guest Report Jan 21, 2023 at 1:18 PM

We want to express our sincerest condolences to Kyle, Grady, and Tess and Jenny’s entire family and friends. Jenny was one of a kind and was a very special person to so many people. She was beautiful inside and out. She will be missed deeply by all who knew her.

  • OFallon
  • IL
Andrew Cordes said : Guest Report Jan 21, 2023 at 1:05 PM

We were absolutely devastated to hear of Jenny’s passing. She is truly one of those people that could light up a room with her smile. Her compelling ability to bring joy and laughter to a room will be deeply missed. Jenny always had so much compassion and care for others, no matter who they were or what she was going through in her life. She would take it upon herself to check in on a friend, even when she was battling fiercely for her life. There was something special about being able to call her a friend. Her loyalty, especially to her family, was so endearing. Our hearts are broken and we would like to share our love with Kyle, Grady and Tess. Surely she will always be with you in many ways. Our hearts also ache for Bill, Matt, Dan, and Katie. She embodied so much of what I knew of her mom before her passing. Sending much love to you, all of Jenny’s family, friends and anyone whose life she touched. - Andrew, Shannon and Avery Cordes

  • O’Fallon
  • IL
Ellen Harpstrite said : Guest Report Jan 21, 2023 at 1:00 PM

What a tremendous loss. Jenny’s spirit will surely shine through all those she touched. Our deepest sympathies. The Harpstrites

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Jan & Bill Spivey said : Guest Report Jan 21, 2023 at 9:14 AM

Through our tears and broken hearts we still see Jenny’s smile, spunk, and genuine positivity. She showed all of us the fight and determination of her awesome character despite insurmountable odds. Our love and hearts go out to Kyle, Grady, Tess, Bill, all of her supportive family & friends. May her legacy of true heroism bring you comfort in your grief today.

  • Galena
  • Illinois
Jim Goodwin said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2023 at 10:48 PM

From a past co-worker of Jenny, this really hurts. She’s a special person, always spreading joy no matter where she went. I’ll always miss you, my friend and colleague. Blessings to Kyle, Grady, Tess, your Dad and everyone else you shared your love with.

  • Chesterfield
  • MO
Mrs. Barbie Duncan said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2023 at 5:49 PM

Elsa and Liesl, We are so sorry to hear of your dear aunt’s passing. We are all thinking about you and praying for you and your family. Ms. Barbie and The St Teresa Twirl Girls

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Rachel Cliffe said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2023 at 4:04 PM

Jenny, I will cherish our friendship and all the laughs and good times we had together forever. You will always hold a special place in my heart. All my love to you, Kyle, Grady and Tess.

  • Saint Louis
  • Missouri
Candy Stadelman said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2023 at 10:49 AM

So heartbreaking!! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you!!

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Adam & Taylor Bradshaw said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2023 at 10:19 AM

Jenny, you are as beautiful as you are kind. All our love to you, Kyle, and your precious children. We are heartbroken that you are no longer with us, but you live on in our hearts and minds forever.

  • Orlando
  • FL
Drew Magnusen said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2023 at 8:45 AM

Sending love from the Magnusen family. Absolutely heartbreaking to lose such a beautiful person. We love you Jenny

  • Troy
  • IL

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