Jenny Bischoff, a woman who could light up a room with her radiant smile and infectious laugh, passed away on Saturday, May 14th at the age of 59. As beautiful inside as out, she was beloved by many for her kindness, generosity, hospitality, sharp wit, and occasional mischievousness. Her true legacy is the family she leaves behind—her husband of 37 years, Chuck Bischoff of Chatham, NJ; children: Charlie Bischoff, his wife Kiki and Jenny’s first grandchild, Heidi of Ventura, CA; Henry Bischoff of Chatham, NJ; Ellen Bischoff of Burlington, VT; and George Bischoff of Denver, CO. She is also survived by her siblings Deborah Castellucci (husband Bob), Sharon Dilustro (husband Joe), Bill Stryker; sisters-in-law Debbie Stryker, Lisa Stryker, and Anne Brindisi (husband Bobby); and many nieces, nephews and loving friends. She was predeceased by her parents Beverly and John Stryker, brother John Stryker III, and in-laws Maggie and Charlie Bischoff.
Jenny grew up in Belle Mead, NJ and attended Montgomery Township schools from kindergarten through high school graduation. She attended Montclair State and graduated in 1984 with a degree in Industrial Design. Throughout her life Jenny lived by her strong values and blended her creativity with administrative work in positions at New Jersey Monthly, Allied Corporation, the Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township, and most recently Southern Boulevard School in Chatham Township.
Outside of work Jenny dedicated herself not only to her family and friends but also to her community of Chatham. Her generous spirit extended to her church where she was very active, particularly in her dedication to Family Promise and mission trips.
She had a jewelry business where she designed and made jewelry which she sold in local boutiques and from her home. Her creative talents and great aesthetic style were also evident in her beautiful home and frequent entertaining. She loved zinnias, nice boots and sweaters, all her dogs, the great outdoors, the Cape, and the Jersey Shore. She will be missed enormously.
In typical Jenny fashion, she lived life to its fullest through her years of ovarian cancer treatment until the last two weeks when she was at home surrounded by her cherished family. A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 26th, at the Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those who wish to make a sympathy donation consider the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance https://ocrahope.org/ or Family Promise https://familypromise.org/donate/ in Jenny’s name.
The family would like to thank Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the Summit Medical Group for their compassion and dedication to Jenny’s care.