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Jennifer M. Bittner
  • In lieu of flowers, Jennifer and her family would appreciate donations to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF.org) and METAVIVOR (metavivor.org), two organizations that support research for curing metastatic breast cancer.

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“Dear Rod, I was driving through our old neighborhood in Austin today and as I drove past your old house on Finley drive, I thought of you, Jennifer,...Read More »
1 of 32 | Posted by: Emily Seales - Austin, TX

“Rod, I am so very heartbroken to hear of this tragedy. My heart goes out to you and your family. I know its been years, but you both have always...Read More »
2 of 32 | Posted by: Tara Gagnon - tewksbury, MA

“Jenn with that bright smile and amazing personality really will be missed. I will always keep her in my prayers and know she will be looking down...Read More »
3 of 32 | Posted by: Brian Veith - Pittsburgh, PA

“A beautiful and brilliant woman from a truly wonderful family, who left us much too early. ”
4 of 32 | Posted by: Glenn Nagy

“Jen was a fun-loving athlete and a joy to work with at Baldwin High School cross-country & track. Coach Schmidt's son and my son enjoyed being her...Read More »
5 of 32 | Posted by: A friend

“Bittner Family, We were so fortunate to have met your family at Rod and Jennifer's wedding. It was a beautiful evening of laughter and love. Jennifer...Read More »
6 of 32 | Posted by: A friend

“Bittner Family,I am heart broken over the loss of your lovely daughter Jennifer.......my thoughts and prayers are with you.....if there is any thing...Read More »
7 of 32 | Posted by: Nancy Kress - Pgh, PA - Neighbor

“My Dear Kitty,Jim ”
8 of 32 | Posted by: Judy McKee - New Eagle, PA

“Jim & Kitty,Our prayers & sympathy go out to you and your family during this difficult time. Although we did not know her very well--we know...Read More »
9 of 32 | Posted by: Alicia & Cary Rigot - Pittsburgh, PA

“Rod I am so very sorry to hear about Jennifer. It was an absolute pleasure to get to know her through working for you guys. She was a beautiful woman...Read More »
10 of 32 | Posted by: Scott Labyoda - Friend

“Tom and Sue Voelzke are deeply saddened for your loss - a precious life gone to soon ”
11 of 32 | Posted by: Susan Voelzke - Pittsburgh, PA

“Prayers for Jennifer. I didn't know her but I'm absolutely sure God sent her to us to bring love, life, hope, and universal gifts to us. May she now...Read More »
12 of 32 | Posted by: A friend

“Jennifer was a fun loving athlete that gave her all.she was loved by her teams and coaches. My son as was coach Schmidt and her son very saddened by...Read More »
13 of 32 | Posted by: A friend

“My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. ”
14 of 32 | Posted by: Michelle Hollister McNamara - NC

“So very sorry! Jennifer was a wonderful person and I was so thankful she was in my daughter's life, she loved her so much. Praying for the family ”
15 of 32 | Posted by: Gloria Hickman - Jacksonville, FL

“Jen was one of the most beautiful young woman I've ever known. She had an inner beauty unmatched by anyone that you could feel just being in her...Read More »
16 of 32 | Posted by: Janet Kealey - Pittsburgh, PA

“Jennifer brought so much light and energy into the world - through her passion for work and her passion for life. I was blessed to work with her for...Read More »
17 of 32 | Posted by: Brian Wheeler - Manalapan, NJ

“JB changed my life. And, her legacy lives on through me to my family and friends. So much joy, and acceptance, and kindness, and love, and leadership...Read More »
18 of 32 | Posted by: Janet Stubbs - Austin, TX

“Sending our love, prayers and sincere condolences to the loved ones whom Jennifer has left behind. May God console you and may you find comfort...Read More »
19 of 32 | Posted by: Jeff & Kate Hallare - Philippines

“Jenn is literally one of the most incredible human beings I've ever had the chance to spend my waking hours with. Her passion for everything is...Read More »
20 of 32 | Posted by: Tanya Augustson Camarra - MD

“Words cannot express how deeply sad we are to have lost such a beautiful soul. Praying the hurt eases for your family. Rod , you & those two...Read More »
21 of 32 | Posted by: Michelle Bielmyer - Trophy Club, TX

“Dear Rod and family, It was an incredible honor to know Jennifer. I will never forget her positivity and determination. Her memory will continue...Read More »
22 of 32 | Posted by: Rachel Jankowitz - Philadelphia, PA

“I am so grateful I got to know Jen during our time in Austin. Her impact on me is immeasurable and I will always treasure my memories of the good...Read More »
23 of 32 | Posted by: Melissa Peterson - Canton, MA

“Jennifer was a shining light from the first day we met her. Her spirit and positive attitude was infectious. Her valiant fight was one to be in awe...Read More »
24 of 32 | Posted by: Van and Sandi Sabel - Washington, DC

“Jennifer. I sent you an encouragement card this week. Now you have gone to be the brightest star in heaven. Your inspiration touched so many and you...Read More »
25 of 32 | Posted by: Su Mellor - Tampa, FL - Coworker

“Jennifer - Stacy and I are so saddened by your passing. You are a true TOA ( Maori Warrior ) Stacy and I have so much respect for all you achieved ...Read More »
26 of 32 | Posted by: Wallis & Stacy Toataua-Farraday - FL

“Jennifer was certainly a ray of light among her Hanger co-workers and an inspiration to many. Sincere sympathies to her family and friends. ”
27 of 32 | Posted by: Shawnda Carr - Smithfield, VA

“My condolences to Family and loved ones. I worked with Jen as the Athletic Trainer at Baldwin and always remember her contagious smile...she was...Read More »
28 of 32 | Posted by: Brian Moore - Teacher

“Jennifer taught me many things, but my most treasured lesson from her is how to tackle life with a fierce positivity. Jen will be greatly missed. ...Read More »
29 of 32 | Posted by: Didi Perry - Lampasas, TX

“My condolences to the whole family, I am very sorry for your loss. ”
30 of 32 | Posted by: Sandra Flores - Austin, TX

“Hello I worked with Jennifer at Hanger. She was vibrant, personable and a kind heart. My sympathies and prayers are with the family during this...Read More »
31 of 32 | Posted by: Elizabeth Overstreet - Coworker

“It has been an absolute honor to know Jennifer. Vibrant and smart and funny and dedicated, she certainly "spread the light", as her favorite quote...Read More »
32 of 32 | Posted by: Jeff Schoeneberg - Austin, TX


On February 21, 2020, at the age of 42, Jennifer Marie Bittner of Pittsburgh, PA, completed her earthly race, walked through Heaven's gates, and was healed.
Jennifer was born to parents Kitty and Jim Bittner on July 28, 1977. Jennifer was the oldest of three children with her younger brother, Jarrett, and sister Melissa.

Jennifer graduated from Baldwin high school in 1995 and then went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Communications from Denison University. While at Denison, Jennifer was a member of the Track & Field and Rugby teams. She studied abroad at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where she was a member of the Corinthians Rugby team.

After returning home to Pittsburgh following college and working at an advertising and public relations firm for a year, Jennifer packed her silver Volkswagen Golf to the brim, and made the trek to Washington DC where she worked as a Senior Account Executive at a communications agency. It was there she took on a client that would ultimately become her long-term passion, Hanger, Inc. a national, publicly-traded healthcare company focused on providing orthotic and prosthetic care and helping people find restored mobility and achieve their dreams. Jennifer served as Vice President of Public Relations and Corporate Communications and President of Hanger Foundation. Over the years she created a communications strategy that elevated the company's story, brand and value on a national and global basis, securing countless media stories in outlets such as Good Morning America, TODAY, the New York Times, and The Doctors. She was also integral in helping the company establish a free prosthetics clinic in Haiti following the devastating 2010 earthquake, leading the charge for the recognition of the company's 150th anniversary which included a complete and massive rebranding, and leading the communications strategy surrounding the company's relocation from the DC area to Austin, TX.

Jennifer was married to the love of her life, Rod Regala, on October 6, 2007. They were supportive of each other's personal and professional pursuits and were each other's biggest advocate and fan.

After a diagnosis of advanced, metastatic breast cancer at the age of 36, Jennifer was told best-case scenario, she would have a few months to live. That was unacceptable to Jennifer, and all the others who loved her deeply. She didn't just fight, she LIVED during this time. Jennifer and Rod brought two boys into the world, Jameson (4) and Emeric (2), two little boys who love their mama fiercely, and are incredible little humans thanks to the love and care they received from Jennifer and Rod.

Jennifer ensured those living with metastatic breast cancer had a voice and became an advocate for securing more research and funding to find a cure. After writing a letter to President Obama thanking him for his commitment to advancing precision medicine and sharing her story, she was invited to the White House by President Obama's Chief Data Scientist to attend and participate with the Director of the National Institutes of Health, the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, and several world-renowned scientists and physicians in the Precision Medicine Initiative.

Jennifer is survived by her husband Rod, sons Jameson and Emeric, parents Jim and Kitty, brother Jarrett, sister Melissa, grandmother Agnes King, mother-in-law Clory Regala, and many aunts, uncles and cousins, all of whom were so important to her.

Jennifer had a quote she read and took to heart every day:
"Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light."
Yogi Bhajan

Jennifer's life and legacy will be celebrated Thursday, February 27 through Saturday, February 29. Visitations will be held at William Slater II Funeral Home (1650 Greentree Rd, Pittsburgh PA 15220) Thursday and Friday, 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM. Funeral services will be held at St Bernard Parish (311 Washington Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15216) Saturday, 10 AM.

In lieu of flowers, Jennifer and her family would appreciate donations to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF.org) and METAVIVOR (metavivor.org), two organizations that support research for curing metastatic breast cancer.

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Mt. Lebanon Cemetery

Washington Road Pittsburgh, PA