Anna Jennifer McCann
Passes Away in Connecticut

Anna Jennifer McCann (Rehnberg), 69 years old, of Old Saybrook, passed away on August 18th, 2022, in Old Saybrook, CT.


Jennifer was born in Larchmont, to Harry and Metta Rehnberg, on December 2nd, 1952. She went to school at Mamaroneck High School (‘70) and on to graduate from the University of New Hampshire, B.S. Zoology (‘82), Antioch New England, M.S. Environmental Science (‘96), Purdue University Global, B.S. Nutrition (‘20, Magna Cum Laude); and obtained HNCB board certification as a holistic nutrition therapy provider. 


Jennifer worked tirelessly to maintain the historical and environmental beauty of the Connecticut River Valley, both restoring the E.E. Dickinson Co. factory into the Witch Hazel Works, in Essex, CT, and publishing a non-profit guidebook to the CT River’s coves and marshes, using proceeds to benefit the CT River Watershed Council.


An avid gardener, mother of 3, and grandmother of 6, Jennifer pursued her interests with optimistic drive and a goal of communal wellness. She had held board member positions with the CT River Museum and CT River Watershed Council and the Lynde Point Land Trust; served as Treasurer for the Borough of Fenwick, as well as being a founding member of the Acumen Fund, a non-profit organization investing in social-living solutions worldwide. 


Jennifer is preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Metta Rehnberg, and her granddaughter Elisa Rose McCann.  


Jennifer is survived by her three children, Dagan, Carolyn, Douglas; her brothers Jon and Christopher, and sister Stephanie; and her five grandchildren, Hayden, Lilly, Greta, Stella and Brody.


In lieu of a funeral, the family will be having a private celebration-of-life to honor the memory of their mother.


Memorials may be given to:


Fenwick Improvement Fund

C/o Rick Neely, Treasurer

23 Russell Street 

Milton, MA 02186>


CT Audubon EcoTravel Sponsorship Fund

P.O. Box 903

Essex, CT 06426>

(860) 767-0660