Dr. Jennifer A. Sidari

Born: Mon., Feb. 2, 1987
Died: Wed., May 29, 2013


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sun., Jun. 02, 2013
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sun., Jun. 02, 2013
Location: St. Anthony of Padua Center

Mass of Christian Burial

9:30 AM Mon., Jun. 03, 2013
Location: Immaculate Conception Church

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Dr. Jennifer Ann Sidari, 26, West Pittston

Jennifer Sidari, MD, passed away unexpectedly early Wednesday morning, May 29, 2013 surrounded by family and loved ones at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA.

Jennifer was the eldest of three children born to Peter and Patricia (nee Nicholas) Sidari.  Jennifer graduated from Wyoming Area High School in 2005 and went on to attend the University of Scranton, double majoring in Biology and Philosophy, and graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2009.  Jen received a full scholarship to The Commonwealth Medical College and was proud to be a member of TCMC’s charter class.  On May 11, 2013, Jennifer achieved her dream of becoming a doctor and was about to begin her residency in pediatrics at the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville, PA.

Jennifer was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Anthony P. Sidari, Esq., and his wife, Ann, Hazleton, PA, and her maternal step-grandfather, Charles Strock, Hemet, CA.

In addition to her parents, Jennifer is survived by her brother, Peter Sidari, West Pittston, PA, and sister, Victoria Sidari, West Pittston, PA, maternal grandparents, Ms. Naoma Strock, Hemet, CA, and Mr. and Mrs. James Nicholas, Groten, NY, as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins.  She is also survived by her beloved soulmate, John Brunza, Dunmore, PA, and their spoiled dogs, Isaac and Penny Lane.

Despite Jennifer’s shortened life, her accomplishments are innumerable.  Jennifer was nationally distinguished in her medical education and was nominated for the American Medical Associations Physicians of Tomorrow Award.  Jennifer combined her love for medicine with her passion for travel by volunteering in children’s hospitals and clinics around the world.  Jennifer’s most recent adventure took her to Haiti, where she arrived with bags of medicine, supplies, and toys.  Jennifer left Haiti with only the clothes on her back, donating all of her personal items to those in need.  This is one example of many acts that earned her The Commonwealth Medical College’s Global Pride Award, issued in memory of Dr. Raymond Smego, Jennifer’s mentor. Jennifer shared many friendships with people from all chapters of her life. Her infectious smile and selfless personality made it impossible not to love her. Her short life was filled with so much depth and love, and she will leave a lasting impression on all of those who had the privilege to know her.

Calling hours will be held at St. Barbara Parish Center, 28 Memorial St. Exeter, PA, on Sunday, June 2, 2013 between 2:00pm and 4:00pm, and between 6:00pm and 8:00pm.  A Mass of Christian burial  will be held on Monday, June 3, 2013 at 9:30am at Corpus Christi Parish at  Immaculate Conception Church, 605 Luzerne Avenue, West Pittston, PA.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Jennifer Sidari, MD Scholarship Fund at The Commonwealth Medical College.  Donations may be sent to: Student Affairs Office, The Commonwealth Medical College, 525 Pine St. Scranton, PA 18509. Or visit www.thecommonwealthmedical.com and click on "Giving to TCMC".

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Dr. Mary Elizabeth Sokach
   Posted Fri May 31, 2013
Our deepest condolences to your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this most difficult of times. Please know that despite your daughter's loss, she has left a beautiful legacy for you all. I am honored to call her my peer.
Dr Mary Elizabeth Sokach & family

Larry Tedesco
   Posted Fri May 31, 2013
My wife, Mary and I, wish to express our extreme sorry in the loss of your beautiful child. We can never know the pain. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Fellow Graduate
   Posted Fri May 31, 2013
Although I was not particularly close to Jennifer, I was always impressed by her demeanor and willingness to do good for all of those around her. She was an ideal colleague and just thinking about all of the lost potential and memories is just such a very sad thought.

I plan to dedicate my future professional practice in her memory.

May she find peace in wherever she is now.

The Romanczuk Family
   Posted Fri May 31, 2013
Vicky honey, we're so sorry for the incredible loss you and your family have had! You have all been in our prayers since the moment we found out. I have to believe that God needed Jennifer in heaven to do something way more important than she could have done here on earth. I'm sure she's up there right now, finding the cure for cancer, or something big like that! Someday we'll all find out! Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you all! Mr. and Mrs. Romanczuk

Diane Musto Ardoline
   Posted Fri May 31, 2013
I am so sorry for your great loss....words cannot express. Please know you are in everyone's prayers and may you be comforted by God's hand.

Barry Finn
   Posted Fri May 31, 2013
There are no words that can express the sorrow. God works in mysterious ways, i can only imagine he needed Jennifer for something we will never understand. Lift up your hearts when you can. We are all so thankful for what she was able to accomplish in such a short time. I'm sure Jennifer will become an inspiration to many who will want to follow in her huge footsteps! May God bless the entire family!!

Taras Stokes
   Posted Fri May 31, 2013
Pete, I am so sorry about the death of your daughter, Jennifer!
Our heart fill prayers go out to you and your family.
God bless you and your family!!!

Taras and the Stokes Family.

Dolores Calabrese
   Posted Fri May 31, 2013
My daughter graduated from Wyoming Area and The University of Scranton with Jennifer. I have followed Jennifer's success throughout her high school and college years and was so, so, proud of her. A beautiful girl with a megawatt smile and intellect. She had accomplished so much in her short life and positively impacted everyone who knew her or knew of her. I will never forget Jennifer. Please accept my condolences. I cannot begin to comprehend the depth of your grief and words cannot adequately express my sympathy. May your faith sustain you knowing she is in the arms of her heavenly Father.
With prayers and most sincerely,
Dolores Calabrese

Sandra Chase
   Posted Fri May 31, 2013
To the Family of Jennifer,

I did not know your beloved daughter but did read the story about her in the newspaper. My deepest sympathy to all of you at this most sorrowful time. To lose one so young and full of promise is a tragedy to all of the community she was so eager to serve. May your memories of your Jennifer give you comfort . My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. God bless. Sandra Chase, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Samuel Lesko, MD, MPH
   Posted Fri May 31, 2013
Please accept my most sincere condolences for the untimely loss of daughter, sister and friend. I am saddened by Jennifer’s passing but brightened when I remember her smile, energy and dedication to the helping professions.

Samuel Lesko, MD, MPH
Volunteer Faculty, TCMC

Scott Primm
   Posted Fri May 31, 2013
Pete and family,
I don't have the words to express my feelings for the loss of your daughter. All that I can do is pray for you. I pray that God will wrap his loving arms around your entire family and provide an extra portion of peace to you all. She looks like an angel and now she has her wings and is in the most beautiful place. I will continue to pray for you and your family and if my family may do anything to serve yours please let me know. Peace

Scott Primm

William Zehring
   Posted Fri May 31, 2013
You have so much to be proud of in Jennifer. My thoughts are with you.

Bernadette & Gabriele Gnudi
   Posted Fri May 31, 2013
We are so sorry. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.

Judy Malto Reilly
   Posted Fri May 31, 2013
Please accept my deepest condolences. No words can help make things better. Knowing what your family must now endure is heartbreaking. Please just know that there are other parents & siblings out there that know your pain & loss. They are out there to help if and when you need them. May your memories of Jennifer get you through this time. Your family will remain in my prayers.

Berney Brunza & Family
   Posted Fri May 31, 2013
The Brunza family offers our deepest sympathy to your family for such a sudden loss. Although we had not met Jennifer yet , John had told us what a wonderful person she was. Your family are in our thoughts and our prayers during this difficult time. Berney,Jessica,Keating,and Lauren.

David Calabrese
   Posted Fri May 31, 2013
Dear Pete,Patty,Pete&Vicky Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family,very sorry for your loss. David,Angie,Gage,&Tabitha Calabrese

Amy Boris
   Posted Fri May 31, 2013
I did not know Jennifer personally but I knew her sister Vicki. From reading the newspaper and postings on facebook my heart goes out to the Sidari family. I am very sorry for your loss. My prayers goes out to the family.

Dominick Aritz, Sons and Families
   Posted Fri May 31, 2013
Pete, Patti, Peter and Vicki,
Please accept my very deepest and heartfelt sympathy. I know there are no words to console, but knowing God works in his own way and his own time, she is called to a larger mission for him. God Bless all of you and if I was home I would be there to give you a hug.

Toni Ann
   Posted Fri May 31, 2013
I am Unable to find words to Console your Loss … Daughter, Sister, Soul Mate, Friend, Confidant, Healer
A Precious Gift bestowed upon everyone and everything she touched whether it be with her Eyes, Smile, Listening Ear / Heart, Caring / Healing Words and Deeds…
Remember and Celebrate those special times…she will Remain Alive in your Heart Forever
Jen, a Soul who’s Life Light – Shined for Us All to Enjoy, be Inspired and / or Motivated
Patti, Peter, Pete, Vicky, John, Family & Friends...May God Bless & Carry you through this difficult Path … best traveled together, believe me it helps!

Nancy Salus
   Posted Fri May 31, 2013
I did not know Jennifer and I do not know you personally. I did read the article in the paper and felt that I needed to tell you how much your daughter's time on earth was soooooo valuable. What a wonderful person. I have read the comments from everyone who cares. I would just like to roll them up into one and give it to you. There is probably no worst feeling than to lose your child. May God Bless You Always and See to All of Your Needs.


Joseph Balkan
   Posted Fri May 31, 2013
The Balkan family has you in our thoughts and prayer. Words can't express how saddened we are to hear of your loss.

Charles Connell
   Posted Fri May 31, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. Sidari, I didn't know Jennifer but reading in the Times-Tribune today of her tragic death has affected me deeply. What a perfect example of God's love she was and how perfectly she did what all Catholics are supposed to do in spreading God's love and will to others. It's hard to understand why God called her name at such a young age and at the beginning of what would clearly have been a brilliant medical career but when you cross over you will know instantly why he did.
You have my deepest sympathy.

Christine Reister
   Posted Fri May 31, 2013
I had the privilege of being with Jennifer in Haiti. To all of you whose love gave us Jen-thank you. I am sorry for your and the world's lost. Among all of her talents and skills, the one that will be her legacy to me, will be her ability to relate to the humanity we all share. She saw her connection to all. It was a gift to see and to be a part.

Valerie Weber, MD
   Posted Fri May 31, 2013
Please accept my sincere condolences. It was such a pleasure to see Jennifer's transformation over the past four years from a new college graduate to a physician. I had the privilege of supervising her work in Haiti...she was confident, skilled and her love for her small patients showed through everything she did. She was a credit to her chosen profession and her impact on those around her will be long-lasting.

randy maurer
   Posted Sat June 01, 2013
No words can express the shock of this news.
We have talked in the past about how well Jennifer was doing and how proud the family was of her achievements. It was always obvious how much she meant to you. Try to remember, during this dark time, all the people that are here for you and your family. Much Love Petey.

Janice Kasper
   Posted Sat June 01, 2013
Very sorry about your loss, very pretty young girl. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I have a young daughter who's in college in the medical field also. Sincerely your's, Janice Kasper Wilkes-Barre.

Rebecca Ives
   Posted Sat June 01, 2013
I had the good fortune of getting to know Jen early in my first year at TCMC, as she helped me through some very challenging times with a kindness and dedication that I could never repay. I cannot express the depth of my sorrow that her life was cut so profoundly short and as I move forward in my medical training, it is my hope to embody the values and sense of purpose she exemplified-in an effort to honor a very great woman, doctor, and friend.

All my love and wishes to the Sidari family and the many members of our community Jen blessed with her spirit.

Christine Zakzewski, PhD
   Posted Sat June 01, 2013
Jen was a great person - smart, hard working, determined, yet always so pleasant and quick to smile. She freely shared her gifts with others less fortunate; she will be missed.

Pamela J. Mathews
   Posted Sat June 01, 2013
I, like so many others who do not know your family is shocked and saddened by this news in the paper.
I lost my husband at age 42, I know how this has to feel.
Such hard work and accomplishment taken away so abruptly.
God bless you all including her boyfriend and her animals.
I have not stopped thinking about her and you since I read about it.
Please know that even strangers are grieving and seek the support that you have out there. God bless all of you.
My deepest sympathy.

Glen Burger
   Posted Sat June 01, 2013
Peter and family,
We wish to express our heartfelt sympathy for your incredible loss. You daughter's accomplishments are inspiring. We know how proud you will always be for the blessings of her life. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Our deepest condolences,
Glen Burger and Family

Tom, Karla, Tommy and Vanessa
   Posted Sat June 01, 2013
Peter, Patty, Peter and Vicki,
Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy goes out to you. Such a terrible loss for you and this world when someone as beautiful, kind, intelligent and generous is taken away too young. May the happy memories you shared as a family help to guide you through this sad time. We are thinking and praying for you.
With sympathy,
Tom, Karla, Tommy, and Vanessa Delahanty

Fumanti Family
   Posted Sat June 01, 2013
Although many years have passed since grade school at WAC, we will always remember Jennifer as a bouncy, vivacious little girl & oohhh that smile.
Fumanti Family

Paula Custer
   Posted Sat June 01, 2013
Dear Sidari Family, Our thoughts & prayers are with you all at this time. Please accept our deepest condolences. Custer Family

Thomas Eustice Jr. and Cheryl Eustice and family
   Posted Sun June 02, 2013
So sorry for your great loss of someone so young and dear.Our prayers are with you.May God give you comfort.Words can't express our sorrow but we understand losing someone so young and the pain it can bring.

Cindy Lynch
   Posted Sun June 02, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. Sidari,
I have had the privilege of knowing Jenn from her first year at WA. Her awesome and contagious smile was only outdone by her kindness and intelligence, both in our class and outside. Peter and Vicky, you have a wonderful angel watching over you. May God give your family prayers of strength during this time. Thank you for sharing her with us. She will not be forgotten.
Mrs. Cindy Lynch

Nicole Letourneau
   Posted Sun June 02, 2013

I hope you can find peace in all the good that Jennifer brought to those she touched. While I did not know her personally but with all that I have read about her, you and Patti had a lot to be proud of. God Bless you and your family at this time.

Nicole Letourneau

Jennifer (Brady) Judge
   Posted Mon June 03, 2013
Dear Sidari family,
I remember Jennifer from when I was a substitute teacher at Wyoming Area Catholic. Although it has been several years, I still remember her bright smile, her kindness, and her eagerness to help. I know that her story will be an inspiration to girls who want to follow in her footsteps. Please accept my deepest sympathy and God bless you.

John and Katie Farrell
   Posted Mon June 03, 2013
Please accept our most sincere condolences on the untimely passing of Jennifer. Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow. Though Jennifer had only begun her career in medicine, her commitment, compassion, and selfless service made her a role model for all health care providers. You are in our thoughts and prayers every day.

   Posted Tue June 04, 2013
dear pete and family i am so very sorry for your loss. our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Jim Linn
   Posted Wed June 05, 2013

I'm so sorry for you and your families loss of your beautiful daughter. I recall you speaking of her accomplishments on our shared flight out west last year. I wish you, your wife, son and daughter thoughts and prayers of peace.


Leslie Katz
   Posted Wed June 12, 2013
Dear Pete and Family,
Words cannot express my deep sympathy for your great loss. May you guys find peace with each other and your lovely memories.
In Love,
Leslie Katz (Turner Sports)

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