DORRANCE — Jennifer Melissa Stec-Gagliardi, of Dorrance, Benton and Mocanaqua, came into our lives on April 25, 1975, and left our lives on Oct. 21, 2013, at the age of 38.
Jennifer graduated from Crestwood High School, Luzerne County Community College and received a bachelor of science degree in environmental science from Wilkes University. She was employed as the quality assurance officer in the Microbiology-Environmental Lab at Kirby Memorial Health Center.
Jennifer was an avid runner with 15 marathons, four double marathons (52 miles) and hundreds of other races. She belonged to many local running groups. Jennifer also loved horses and being outdoors.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth D. Gagliardi; her loving parents, Tony and Coreen Stec; her brother, Jeffrey Stec, and his wife, Keri; her nephew, Jeffrey Stec Jr.; and her niece, Lindsay Rose Stec. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends, running family and her running buddy, Tony.
The funeral will be at 9:45 a.m. Saturday from the McCune Funeral Home, 80 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. A Mass of Christian Burial and celebration of Jennifer's life will follow at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary's Our Lady Help of Christians Church, 3521 St. Mary's Road, Dorrance Township. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Relatives and friends may call 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, Jennifer's family asks that you please offer prayers for Jennifer.