Jennifer Rebecca Patrick, age 40 something, lived a short vibrant live, devoted to her family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers in the Delaware River valley.
Born in the lush foothills of Latrobe, PA to her mother, Eileen J. Patrick of Latrobe, Pa, and her father John R. Patrick, now of Greensburg, Pa. Jenna is also survived by her brother, Christopher S. Patrick and his wife Christy, nieces Emily and Rebecca of Latrobe; husband John Petito of Doylestown, Pa, and her beloved daughter Lyla Rose Petito, 13. On April 28, Jenna suffered a massive stroke that took her life. An organ donor, her bequest will save and enrich other lives.
Jenna was a graduate of Latrobe High School where she was an active participant in the national forensics league, and an accomplished musician. Sometime after attending the University of Pittsburgh, Jenna moved to the river towns of New Hope, PA and Lambertville, NJ, where she held a number of positions in the local hospitality industry – developing a reputation for professional, friendly and kind service, and earning friendships that served her well over several decades. Modest to a fault, Jenna was known locally for her sense of humor, her keen insights into people, and for her fierce devotion to social justice.
The tragedy of Jenna’s death is that she loved life so much, playing the piano, writing, walking her dog Georgia, collecting seashells on the beach, gardening, bird watching, hiking, and travel. Jenna’s many deep friendships enriched her life, as she enriched the lives of many others. Above all, Jenna was devoted to her precious daughter, Lyla.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 3rd from 10-12 at the Buckingham Friends Meetinghouse in Buckingham, PA and a gathering to follow at Anton’s at the Swan in Lambertville, NJ from 12:30-3:00. In lieu of flowers, to honor Jenna’s life, Jenna would want you to be kind to others.