Jennifer Joyce Pulice, age 55, transitioned peacefully into the afterlife while at home and in the company of her loving family on June 15th, 2020.
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A celebration of life will be held outdoors at Trinity United Methodist Church in Roseville, Michigan on June 27th, 2020 at 11:00am.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Jenni led a full life of joy and gratitude. A few years after graduating from Chippewa Valley High School, Jennifer moved down south where she met her husband, Mike, through music. This was the beginning of their musical family. Jenni and Mike then welcomed Rachael Jane, their firstborn daughter, into the world, followed four years later by their son, Anthony.
Jenni has a longstanding history of humanitarian work, particularly with children. She worked in service to kids on a navy base as director of recreation. She and Mike worked as part of relief efforts in Florida during Hurricane Andrew where she was primarily involved with the care of displaced infants. Following the birth of her own children, after a move back to Michigan, Jenni immediately found herself called to children’s ministry at her church.
At Immanuel United Methodist Church of Eastpointe, Jennifer founded a children’s choir, which quickly became so much more – God’s Little Stars was the name of the children’s musical drama club that became a key ministry of this congregation; it was the manifestation of Jenni’s connection to the joy of the Lord and the needs of young souls that she was able to intuit, draw out, and meet. God’s Little Stars (GLS) not only put on full length Christian musicals with sets, lighting, and sound, but always incorporated mission work voted on by the kids involved. Jenni was also praise band leader at Immanuel UMC, a pioneer for contemporary worship as the church began cultivating a service divergent from the traditional style to meet the spiritual needs of an evolving congregation.
Jenni then moved to Trinity United Methodist Church where she served as a well-loved and out-of-the-box music minister. Shortly thereafter, she began a children’s choir at this church as well called “Shabach” (Hebrew, “to praise God with a loud voice”). She also led the music section of Vacation Bible School every year at both churches she served, putting on performances at the end of the week.
Jennifer has touched the lives of so many young people. Her “kids” are now spread out all over the country, each with their own story of how “Ms. Jenni” saw them and helped them to love themselves, love others, and remember that they are loved, always.
With a deep love and connection to the people she cared about most, family meant everything to her. Jennifer is survived by her husband, Michael Pulice, daughter Rachael Pulice, son Anthony Pulice, parents Tom and Barbara Norris, sister Amanda and brother-in-law Kris Graham, and many other loving extended family members. In death, she has been reunited with many loved ones as well, including cousins Gwen, Polly, and Kelly, and grandparents Harold and Marion Vaughan, and Godfrey and Shirley Norris.
She always maintained both an active and intellectual approach to her Christianity, embodying deep devotion to the Word of God. Jenni was and continues to be the paragon of strength and tenacity, taking life as it comes and weathering the storm through surrender and unconditional faith, inspiring everyone around her to do the same.
In lieu of flowers please go light your world with an act of love or kindness toward everyone from family to strangers, whether it be a smile, a donation, or helping someone out when they need a hand.