Jennifer Leigh (Strescino) Thornton


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Gloucester - After battling the afflictions of multiple sclerosis for a quarter century, our beloved Jen went Home to be with The Lord. As difficult as it was for us to witness the struggles she endured, it is a comfort to know that her times of trial have culminated in a peace that passes all of our understanding.

Jen leaves her beloved son, Jacob; and her beautiful daughter, Macy; having been predeceased by her husband, Gary, a wonderful dad to their children.

The bond Jennifer had with her mom, Beverly, was a special gift to both of them. Jen leaves us all amazed at what a generous and giving person she was, so courageous and loving through her trials.

Jennifer had a great love and appreciation for her brother, Kenny Taylor, who survives her along with her parents, Beverly and Ron Horvitz. Jen was predeceased by her father, Donald Strescino; her uncle Richard Strescino; and her grandfather and grandmother Rico and Jenny Strescino.

Her grandmother Helen Burgess, and her late grandfather, Valdor Burgess were always most special to her and loved deeply, as were her beloved aunt and uncle, Valerie and Ernie Sadler.
Jen was especially close to her friend Renee Mitchell, whose love and concern was always so appreciated.
Jennifer and her family were especially grateful for the outstanding care she received and the special friends she made at Den Mar in Rockport, over the last 19 months of her life.

Funeral services will be private.
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brenda,john,heather and lindsay fleming
Aug 17, 2019
Bev and Ron,
We are so deeply sorry for your loss.She was blessed with all your love and support.Know that she now rests in peace and is surrounded by all those she loved and passed before her.
Love and God bless,
The Flemings
Sally Arnold
Aug 15, 2019
What a beautiful tribute. What a amazing love I got to witness at Denmar between a loving mother and her beautiful daughter. I will miss seeing all of you. God bless your family and thank you for sharing your time and smiles with my father.
Naoko Williams
Aug 10, 2019
Beautiful in Blue was purchased for the family of Jennifer Leigh (Strescino) Thornton by Naoko Williams.  Send flowers
Lorna and Bill Doherty
Aug 09, 2019
Always Loved Jen’s good heart, her good soul and happy spirit💗💗so sorry to all who loved her. Love and hugs from Bill and Lorna
Kascia Murray
Aug 09, 2019
Simply Elegant Spathiphyllum was purchased for the family of Jennifer Leigh (Strescino) Thornton by Kascia Murray.  Send flowers
Janet (Burgess) Casey
Aug 07, 2019
Jennifer will be sadly missed by her whole family. May you Rest In Peace. I am so sorry Beverly, you and your family will be in our prayers in the upcoming months.
Gina M Smith and Family
Aug 07, 2019
Jake & Macy (and family),

I am so sorry about your Mom’s passing. She was a beautiful person with such a loving heart, always a smile and hug for everyone she knew. We were close friends many years ago, and I will always cherish the fun times we had. I’m so saddened she was stricken with such a terrible illness. May the lord hold Jen in his arms and comfort you all.
Margaret Orlando
Aug 06, 2019
Jen and I were roommates for many years and shared so many memories together, I’m so saddened by her passing,Jen was a great person with a huge heart,I’m so very sorry Jake and Macy and to Beverly and Ron please know I’m thinking of you all at this difficult time,RIP my friend love you❤️🙏
Jon Morgan
Aug 06, 2019
Jen was a popular classmate, and loved by all! So sad to learn of her illness and passing. I will remember her as a sweetheart with a great sense of humor. The way she expressed her opinion with a twinkle in her eye was unforgettable.
Bless her mom and kids.
Jon Morgan (Rockport class of 88)
Krista Tucker
Aug 06, 2019
I’m so sorry for your loss .. Jen was an amazing woman and a great friend thru high school.. we shared many laughs and great times together. So sad to hear of her passing .. her fight is over and a new angel was born ❤️
Erin Evans-Samaritano
Aug 06, 2019
I will forever remember our times together. I missed so much after moving away , but you always kept in touch up until a couple years ago. I'm sorry that you had to go through so much. You were and always will be special in my heart 💕 My condolences to your mom, Ron, and the rest of your family. Macy & Jake will be well looked after by all the family and extended family you have that adored both you and Gary. I have no doubt about that. See you on the otherside my friend. Save a spot for me so we can finally catch up. I love you dearly 👼
Raymond Welcome
Aug 06, 2019
Dear Macy and Jake,
So sorry for the loss of your mother Jennifer she was a beautiful woman with the biggest heart ever. Gary and Jen loved you both dearly. May you have beautiful memories of their love always...❤️
Tamie Rodolosi
Aug 05, 2019
Macy & Jake
We are so sorry for your loss!
Maria Davis
Aug 05, 2019
Rest in peace sweet cousin Jen
Mrs. Danielle O’Connor
Aug 05, 2019
Jake and Macy, Words cannot express my deepest condolences to you both. Always remember how much you were loved by both your parents. “Loss leaves a heartache difficult to heal; Love leaves sweet memories no one can steal."

With my deepest regards,

Mrs. O’Connor❤️
Kascia Murray
Aug 05, 2019
There are no words for such a loss. I feel blessed to have such fun- loving memories of Jen from my childhood and hope you know, no matter how much time or space has passed between us, I love you all eternally. Sending prayers for your peace and comfort. Love, Kascia
Tracy Franklin
Aug 05, 2019
My heart is breaking to hear of Jen's passing, I have many special memories I will forever hold in my heart, my condolences to the entire family, May you find peace
Alice Nelson
Aug 05, 2019
My deepest condolences to Beverly and Ron who were there each and every day by her side. My heart aches for the young and such a terrible disease to battle. No words can take away the pain of losing a child or a parent...may you stay strong and hold peace in the fact that you were such awesome mentors with her care and she couldn’t have been loves more. Peace be with you all.
Mike and Linda
Aug 05, 2019
We loved you..
Lucy C.
Aug 05, 2019
Jennifer I’m sorry I wasn’t able to keep my promise to you to be with you until the end. I love you and you are all our angel now. I’m sorry Jake & Macy and Beverly and the entire family. A piece of my heart ❤️ is with you my beautiful Jen. You will always be missed. I love you 💕
Mary Lyons
Aug 05, 2019
Sending you all much love and prayer. Jennifer was a kind, beautiful woman. Macy and Jacob, you have two beautiful angels watching over you forever. May the memories heal you in time.

Much love, Mary
Janine Boucher
Aug 05, 2019
Very Sad, Jen was very sweet we met during hockey years ago alway friendly and kind
Debbi Strescino
Aug 05, 2019
So sorry to Jennifers family. Such a young beautiful girl that was taken far too early. I hope she’s with her father and her grandparents on the other side and that she’s at peace.