True Love: Jenny (Rettig) Karboviak

$6,825 of $13,000 goal

Raised by 117 people in 26 months
Rick Karboviak
on behalf of Richard Karboviak
 MAYVILLE, ND

My name is Amanda Petersen, many of you may not know who I am or may wonder why I am the one creating this GoFundMe campaign, but if you choose to continue reading you'll understand the reason behind my actions and I thank you for taking the time to do so.
Although I only had the pleasure of meeting Jenny two times, in those two times she touched my heart. She had a smile on her face each time, and was holding the hand of a man she searched for her whole life. The second time I met Jenny it was for a very big evening, sharing vows with the love of her life, Rick Karboviak. From the smile on her face to the joy in her eyes, I do not believe I have seen a purer love and I am thankful that I was there to help capture one of her last blissful memories here on earth. From the rehearsal to the groom's dinner, Jenny was eager and elated to be practicing for the big day. I watched her go outside to practice a dance for her future husband with her bridesmaids, and I could see on her face that she could not wait to perform this for him. I wanted the night to move faster for her just so she could get to the altar quicker. The next morning was filled with laughter, tears and lots of make up and hair spray. I could see on Rick's face just how anxious he was to begin his life with Jenny and vice versa. She walked down the aisle for their first look so quickly that the photos taken were very few, until they were standing still in their moment. The night was filled with nothing but smiles from ear to ear, kisses that would make your heart melt and dancing that made your soul happy. 
Jenny and Rick fell right into a married couple routine as they had been awaiting that for some time. From here I will let Rick tell the story of what happened after 3 beautiful days of marriage.
"Last night(June 7th), my world came crashing down with Jenny's unfortunate passing. I knew she was frail and fragile in her health, but I did not expect her to be gone this quickly in her life.
Through it all, I experienced the greatest joy and the deepest pain in this unfortunate time.
Jenny was an angel on her wedding day, when she revealed herself to me, she was an angel on earth that day! She smiled so bright through the day and evening. Sunday and Monday, her glow continued as we spent more time together with family, and then just with ourselves in Grand Forks on Monday. Tuesday, we woke up together, ready to head back to our daily lives at MSU. I even got to see her at her finest, when she was outside with the children of the daycare and her fellow co-workers, all joyous and congratulating us.
The events of what transpired in the evening was the worst I've ever been through. Jenny fell in the bathroom, went unconscious, and I dialed 911. a deputy was there in seconds, maybe 1-2 minutes' tops. He asked me to start CPR, then he took over, and paramedics arrived on angel's wings. Things did not look good and they tried everything, and I mean everything possible that they could. I can't thank the EMT's enough for their work in trying to save Jenny, but it was just Jenny's time to leave us.
The autopsy revealed that her iliac artery on her leg affected the most by her NF tumor was what led to her death. The arteries were very fragile and the immediate blood loss was what caused her to collapse while in the shower, and it was done in an instant. That is all I can really tell everyone in brief. Jenny had a painful, painful daily life, a pain I wanted to take away for her more than anything. I saw her struggles behind her smile every day. At least she is now free from that pain and is standing upright, and smiling big amidst heaven's glory."

Rick and Jenny were united as one for 3 beautiful days here on earth, and will be united again in Heaven one day. What we are asking with this campaign is to help Rick with the cost of the funeral for his loving bride. He has been through joyful highs and tragic lows in the span of one week. Anything you can donate, or the prayers you could send to Rick Karboviak, Jenny's family, and Rick's family will be graciously accepted and appreciated. Money donations will go straight to Rick. Thank you in advance for anything and everything!
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Thank you all once more, for your continued prayers, support, and words of encouragement to all of us. As for myself, I'm still adjusting to life without Jenny here on earth. Adjusting is the key word. It has been hard to adjust on some days. It felt good getting back to work, but the evenings just aren't the same, for example. I just had a good weekend that I spent with my family down in Sauk Rapids, seeing Mom & Dad's new home was nice letting me know that others are also in a state of transition too.
Please keep our families in your prayers as we continue to adjust to this new way of life. I thank all of you once again for your support in this campaign, it is greatly appreciated.
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Family & friends,
I once again express my gratitude to all of you, from our families, especially yesterday at the prayer service for Jenny. She was helping a lot of us heal yesterday. Today, our healing will continue as we lay her to rest.
I know Jenny was smiling yesterday as I had the chance to share the story of how we met, which was something she told me that I forgot to do at our wedding reception. I felt so bad that I didn't share that, once I realized it. Now, everyone knows our fun story of a piece of paper with her picture on it, being revealed to me by a co-worker...with me thinking I really screwed up on a reimbursement form for work instead! The rest of the story turned into the best year and a half of my life.
Jesus and Jenny helped me through my speech yesterday. I give full credit to them. Jenny continues to give me healing and joy in this time of need. Jesus gave me the blessings of Jenny in my life. He gave all of us the blessings of Jenny in our lives as well.
Please continue to pray for our families today and into the future. We will all need continued healing and support. Thank you.
"Jesus, I Trust in You!"
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Friends and family, and those who have heard Jenny's story, we can't thank you enough for the prayers and support. I am just taken in awe at the support from all over.
I ask for your prayers as we go through a major process in our grieving with today's prayer service, and tomorrow's funeral.
Our families are slowly healing but yes, we are still in shock over the events that happened so suddenly. Jenny is still working her spirit of joy on all of us as we heal from her sudden loss. Just last night, I saw Callie, her cat, playing with Jenny's hair band and it was an aqua blue one, one of our wedding colors.
I finally slept back in our home last night, and seeing Callie play around with that band was comforting and definitely a sign from Jenny that I, too, have to make the progress back to everyday life in our home.
Thank you once again for your prayers and support.
"Jesus, I Trust In You!"
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Family and friends of Jenny,
I can't thank you enough for the support our families have received since Jenny's passing. I am still going in waves of struggling and accepting Jenny's passing, as are family members and our friends, too. As you can imagine, having a wedding is a big preparation and having to prepare a funeral within a few days of that happening is something I would not wish upon anyone. I personally can't thank you enough for the money donated to help defray these costs for her funeral.
Since it went public, I am simply amazed and taken back in tears sometimes at the response it has received.
Jenny's story of battling her illness and health conditions for her 27 years on earth will be told, and is being told, but more importantly, the impact of her life on so many is being spread to so many. I have received condolences from all ends of the earth, from Australia to Ireland, in regards to Jenny's passing.
I knew she was a pure and holy soul on earth, but I never knew the impact she has had on so many people she has touched. Please pray for our families and our friends as we continue to heal from Jenny's loss, and pray that we can move forward with Jenny's Joy carrying us onward.
"Jesus, I Trust In You!"
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Raised by 117 people in 26 months
Created June 10, 2016
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