First Posted: 6/1/2013
Of all the words of tongue or pen, the saddest of all ‘what might have been.’
John Greenleaf Whittier
The unexpected death Wednesday of Dr. Jennifer Sidari at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, left all of Greater Pittston sad and shaken.
The Wyoming Area graduate had received a full scholarship to The Commonwealth Medical College and was proud to be a member of The Commonwealth Medical College’s charter class.
From her obituary, which appears on page 46:
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.
Despite Jennifer’s shortened life, her accomplishments are innumerable. Jennifer was nationally distinguished in her medical education and was nominated for the American Medical Association’s 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.
In a story by Tony Callaio on page 7, Eileen Palmer, a retired Wyoming Area chemistry teacher, said, “A shining Wyoming Area star has left us far too soon. Jen was an amazing bundle of energy with a luminous smile and an always sunny disposition.
“She was absolutely beaming when she was interviewed for TV after her graduation from TCMC.
“It was my privilege to have taught her and I will forever treasure that Dr. Jennifer Sidari was a part of my life.”
All of Greater Pittston joins us in extending condolences to Jennifer’s parents, Peter and Patricia Sidari, and her siblings, family and friends.
We all share in your loss.