Jennifer Bridget McAlister Kader, age 53, of Cleveland, Ohio (formerly Erie, Pa.), passed away on Friday, October 28, 2022, at Cleveland Clinic, following a four-plus year courageous battle with breast cancer. She was born in Erie, Pa. on December 19, 1968, the daughter of the late Frederick T. and Autumn (Johnson) McAlister.
Jennifer was a 1987 graduate of Strong Vincent High School having participated in the Pom-Pom Squad. After graduation she held several managerial positions for various employers. Prior to her diagnosis, she was employed by Ollie’s in Cleveland, Ohio.
Jen was an avid reader and enjoyed going to book signings to meet her favorite authors with her good friend, Taylor Lintz, who she thought of as a son. She truly enjoyed music, most notably Pat Benatar, Prince, and all 80’s music. She went to many Dave Matthew’s concerts and other events with her dear friend, Jessica Ruiz, who she loved and thought of as a daughter. Jessica was also a loving caregiver and assisted Jen during her last years.
Jennifer was many things to many people and rightly described as sweet, funny, fierce, hard-working, a warrior and protector. Always smiling and always caring for others above herself right up to the end. Jen was a life-long Steelers fan, loved the color purple and was a Cat Mom to many beloved kitties. She volunteered at numerous animal shelters and Humane Societies wherever she resided. She enjoyed craft projects, bird watching, and traveling to new destinations.
Jennifer was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Sean McAlister. Leaving to cherish her memory are her sisters, Margaret Lundstom and Leora Kramer (George) and sister-in-law, Hilary McAlister; nieces and nephew: Axel Lundstrom (Marissa), Autumn Elders, Melissa Lucente, and Amanda Lucente; great-nieces and great-nephews whom she adored: Harry, Hazel, Quinn, Althea, Jackson, and Maximus.
Private funeral arrangements were made by the family. Jennifer wished for a Celebration of Life to be held at her family and friends convenience. Memorial contributions may be designated to an animal shelter or Humane Society of choice.
Posted online on November 05, 2022
Published in Erie Times-News