Jaclyn C. Hefner died of a drug overdose in Latrobe, PA on Monday, February 8, 2021 at the age of 28.
Jaclyn is survived by her parents, Chris and Misty Hefner of Ligonier and Phil and Beth Bruley of Myrtle Beach, SC. She is also survived by her brothers Clayton Hefner, Jacob Hefner, Josh Giesey, Tanner Giesey and sister Keturah Giesey.
Jaclyn was born October 1, 1992 in Allegheny County to her birth mother, Veronica Corbett, and a sister Laura Zrlako. Jaclyn spent her early years in Allegheny County and came to live in Hempfield in 2002 at the age of 10. She was educated at the Hempfield Area School District and got her high school diploma early through the GED program at the Private Industry Council in 2011.
Jaclyn was a highly loving, intelligent, charismatic, and artistic soul. After battling decades of mental illness and addiction, the Lord took her home.
It is her family’s wish, on her behalf and on the behalf of millions of other families who have faced such tragedy, that our communities, local, state and federal governments do something to break this chain of heartbreak. We need to come to terms with the fact that as a society we’ve done little or nothing to address the mental health needs of our citizens, which in turn leads to crime, homelessness, addiction, suicide and much more.
A private family memorial service will take place in the spring of 2021.
In lieu of cards, flowers, etc. if you wish to pay tribute to the life of Jaclyn C. Hefner that you can make a small donation to one or both of these fine local nonprofits, founded by parents who turned their grief over the loss of a child into a force of love and compassion.
The Thinking of Nikki Foundation: http://thinkingofnikki.com/
Sage’s Army: http://www.sagesarmy.com/donate/
Arrangements entrusted to Snyder-Green Funeral Home, Inc., Ligonier. Online condolences may be given at www.snydergreenfh.com.