Franklin Girl Dies After Courageous Battle with Cancer

| April 18, 2017

jessica bookwalter w:parentsFRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) — A Venango County girl’s brave battle against brain cancer is over.

Seven-year-old Jessica Bookwalter, of Franklin, died on Friday, surrounded by her family.

Jessica was diagnosed when she was four, and despite the time and tremendous effort in fighting the disease, she still engaged in many activities.

The outpouring of support on social media was incredible.

Jessica, the daughter of Chris and Michelle Bookwalter, was in the first grade at Central Elementary School. She was very active in Girl Scouts and competed in Cub Scout Pack 37’s Pinewood Derby in January.

She was also a member of the Starlite Xpress Baton Twirlers.

She enjoyed camping, church events at Atlantic Avenue United Brethren in Christ Church, and riding horses at VARHA.

As an avid baseball fan, her favorite team was the Erie Sea Wolves.

Her contagious smile and two-thumbs up will be forever missed.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her brother, David Matthew Bookwalter; her twin sister, Emily Paige Bookwalter; her dog, Carmel; and her two cats, Sammy and Whiskers.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to VARHA – 150 Wagner Avenue, Franklin PA 16323 and/or the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh – 451 44th Street, Pittsburgh PA 15201.

Family and friends of Jessica will be received at the Gardinier Funeral Home in Franklin from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Funeral services will be held at the Atlantic Avenue United Brethren in Christ Church at 10 Thursday with Pastor Brad Riddle (Lead Pastor) and Pastor Jason Peterson (Children’s Ministry Pastor), co-officiating.


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