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Funeral arrangements set for Fort Drum spouse Jenna Hinman


AUBURN — Scores of supporters are expected at the calling hours for Jenna Hinman on Friday at Pettigrass Funeral Home, 196 Genesee St.

Owner Jerry Pettigrass confirmed Wednesday that calling hours, which will be open to the public, will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday.

“I told the family calling hours are 2 to 8, but if we’re there until midnight, we’re there until midnight,” he said. “It’s just like any funeral home or church; we will try to do the best. We have a few parking lots next to us” that neighboring businesses allow to be used.

Mr. Pettigrass said the funeral home has provided accommodations for select high-profile services, but “never anything like this.”

Mrs. Hinman, 26, wife of Sgt. Brandon Hinman, 30, Fort Drum, died Monday in Crouse Hospital, Syracuse, where she had been a patient since early March as she battled stage 3 choriocarcinoma. That rare cancer began in tumors that were found in her uterus and spread throughout her body.

She is survived by her husband; their 2-month-old twin daughters, Kinleigh Anne and Azlynn Mary; her parents, Jeff and Kim Blaisdell, Port Byron; her brother, Joshua Blaisdell, Port Byron; her mother-in-law, Linda (John) Zink, of South Carolina; her father-in-law, Greg (Jackie) Hinman, Weedsport, and many other relatives and friends.

Her story captivated more than 294,000 people from throughout the nation and worldwide on the “Prayers for Jenna” Facebook page, which is run by her close friends Brielle E. Fox and Tara Martin. Sgt. Hinman approved all posts in advance.

Mrs. Hinman’s story went viral over the past eight weeks, with several local media outlets, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton and even international publications informing the public about her condition.

Various online fundraisers have collected nearly $200,000 for the Hinman family, as the premature twin girls will need much care going forward, Mrs. Fox said.

Mr. Pettigrass said Mrs. Hinman’s Saturday funeral will be semiprivate, for her family and very close friends. According to her obituary, burial will follow the service in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Port Byron.

The Hinmans lived on Fort Drum, where Sgt. Hinman is stationed. Both he and his wife are from Cayuga County.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mrs. Hinman’s memory to a special trust fund being set up for Azlynn and Kinleigh. Donations can be sent to: Hinman Twins Trust, 9772 Route 38, Port Byron, N.Y. 13140.

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