Juanita “Jenny” Reyes-Hepner

Celebration of Life for Juanita “Jenny” Reyes-Hepner will be held Tuesday March 15th from 4-7pm at El Matador Café. Jenny passed away Tuesday March 1, 2022 at Medicalodges in Eudora.

She was born October 16, 1939 in El Dorado, KS to Tiburcio L and Betty (Garcia) Reyes.

Jenny operated La Familia Café in Lawrence which she opened in 1987. She retired in 2003. She enjoyed cooking, spending time with her family, crochet, and anything Elvis related. She touched everyone around her with her infectious humor and generous spirit.

She married Jose “Joe” Rodriquez, Sr. in 1956. They later divorced. She married Dean Hepner, who survives of the home.

Other survivors include her sons, Joe Rodriquez Jr., Miguel F. Rodriquez, Victor A. Rodriquez, Richard T. Rodriquez, Phillip J. Rodriquez, Allen T. Rodriquez and Samuel Rodriquez ; daughters-in-law Keri Rodriquez and Anna Rodriquez; stepchildren Russ(Sunny) Hepner and Tina Lesher; grandchildren, Kendra Rodriquez, Michaela Rodriquez, Raquel Rodriquez-McTizic(CJ), Jose L.J. Rodriquez, Kayla Hutchens(Spencer), Gray Rodriquez, Brooklyn Rodriquez, Damon Lesher, JD(Carrie) Lesher, Jimi-Lee(Ali) Lesher, Skyy Hepner, Wyatt Hepner, and Gunner Hepner; great-grandchildren, Hunter, Leland, Emma, Avery, Everett, Felicia, Damien, Xavier, Alexis, Julian, Savannah, and Madison; sister, Lydia Garcia(Andy) and brother Arlindo Reyes as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Tiburcio “Joe” Reyes.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made on behalf of the family for a headstone. Checks may be made out to Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

7 Condolences

  1. Keagan Shockley on March 10, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    Jenny was the reason I looked forward to coming to work at Medicalodges. She treated me and loved me like I was her own and I am terribly heartbroken to hear of her passing. I had no idea. I loved her! Sending her family all my love❤️

  2. Teri Davenport on March 10, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    Jenny was a wonderful person and left her mark on everyone that knew her. She loved her family deeply, and they loved her the same way. She will be greatly missed. My sympathies to the family. Rest in peace, Jenny!!

  3. Margaret R. Garcia on March 12, 2022 at 8:28 am

    To the family of Jenny, My heartfelt condolences go out to you all. She was my cousin and even though we lost touch as we grew older I always remembered her and the fun we had growing up. She will be greatly missed.

  4. Debi Waggoner on March 12, 2022 at 2:00 pm

    Phillip & Keri,
    Jenny was a special lady, I always enjoyed our conversations. May God be with you & your family.
    Hope to make it to her celebration.


  5. Elena Carrizales on March 13, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    My heartfelt condolences to Jenny’s family. I’ll remember her always growing up as part of the Rodriguez family. I was only 2 years old when she married my brother, Joe. I remember her smile and her laugh, our visits to Lawrence and my first ever hair perm she gave me when she was in beauty school. Rest in peace Jenny.

  6. Dr Charles Kincaid and Staff on March 14, 2022 at 8:54 am

    We were so sorry to hear of Jenny’s passing. She was a wonderful patient. May her memory forever be a blessing.

  7. dick miller on March 14, 2022 at 10:03 am

    thoughts and prayers to all the family. jenny was such a sweet lady.

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