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Jen Houle Story

Pi Beta Phi Mourns the Loss of a University of Minnesota Member

Published On: 2015-04-02

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Pi Beta Phi Mourns the Loss of a University of Minnesota Member  

ST. LOUIS, MO – April 2, 2015 – Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women was heartbroken to learn earlier today of the death of collegiate member Jennifer Houle. Jennifer was a senior set to graduate from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Business.

“Jennifer was an amazing sister and friend to all of us,” Chapter President Madeline Eddy said. “There are not words to describe our heartache at this time. We will deeply miss our warm-hearted and beautiful friend.”

Jen HouleChapter members held a vigil on Saturday evening for Jennifer after she went missing and also participated in a vigil on Sunday night at Jennifer’s high school in Stillwater, Minnesota. After learning of her passing today, chapter member Aliki Vrohidis said, “Jen was always a beam of positive energy. Our chapter will be grieving Jen’s loss for quite some time.”

Pi Beta Phi University of Minnesota chapter members are being supported with counseling services from the University and also from Fraternity volunteers and staff. “Our entire Pi Phi community mourns the loss of this exceptional young woman,” said Juli Willeman Pi Beta Phi Executive Director. “During this difficult time, we celebrate Jennifer’s life and the sincere friendship of the women of Minnesota Alpha. We also offer our deepest condolences to Jennifer’s family and friends.”

The chapter and family have requested privacy at this time. If you would like to send letters of condolences, please send them to: The Minnesota Alpha Chapter of Pi Beta Phi 1109 5th St. SE Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414–1339.

About Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women: Founded in 1867 at Monmouth College in Illinois, Pi Beta Phi has installed 200 collegiate chapters and nearly 300 alumnae organizations worldwide. Pi Beta Phi promotes friendship, develops women of intellect and integrity, cultivates leadership potential and enriches the lives of members and their communities. The Fraternity believes in the power of reading and through its philanthropy, Read > Lead > Achieve®, promotes a lifelong love of reading that can unlock true potential. For more information, visit www.pibetaphi.org or follow Pi Phi on Twitter and Facebook.