Jacqueline “Jackie” Knecht, 38, of Rotonda West, Fla., passed away suddenly Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013.
She was born Dec. 19, 1974, in Ridgewood, N.J.
Jackie had been a resident of Charlotte County, Fla., for three years, coming from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. She was a fitness and nutrition instructor, and, while in Palm Beach, she worked for Publix. Jackie was a volunteer at Vineland Elementary School. For some time she was a hair model everyone called “Red” because of her strawberry blond hair. A true Jersey girl, Jackie was the biggest Bon Jovi fan.
Survivors include her 6-year-old son, Philip Knecht; loving mother, Katherine (Nick) Gizzi of Rotonda West; father, Dennis (Tanya) Garofalo of New York; dear sister, Kristy (Michael) Kemmerer of Doylestown, Pa.; two nephews, Anthony and David Kemmerer of Doylestown; stepsisters, Marlene Resciniti of Woodland Park, N.J., and Michelle Gizzi of West Orange, N.J.; and stepbrother, John Gizzi of Morris Plains, N.J.
Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at Englewood Community Funeral Home, 3070 S. McCall Road, Englewood, Fla. The Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 5265 Placida Road, Grove City, Fla. Interment will be at the St. Francis of Assisi Memorial Garden. You may share a memory with the family at www.englewoodfh.com.
Arrangements are by Englewood Community Funeral Home with Private Crematory.