Jennifer (Mitchell) Reardon, 57, of Salem, a former longtime restaurant owner and supporter of a vibrant music and arts scene in Salem, died peacefully December 24, just before 7 p.m. with her family at her side after suffering a stroke. She was the wife of Jonathan A. Reardon. Born March 14, 1959, she was one of the last babies born at the former Mary Alley Hospital in Marblehead. A graduate of Marblehead High School, she went on to Nasson College in Maine, graduating in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater. Jenny’s love of the arts became a lifelong passion, benefiting the local community and beyond. She either had a hand in starting or supporting countless artistic endeavors, including music at her restaurant, Salem’s In A Pig’s Eye, Wharf Rat Productions, Hit and Run Theater, Salem Jazz and Soul Festival, as well as providing a space for local artists to hang their work. Her stamp on the North Shore’s music and arts scene started with a call from her husband, Jonathan, more than 30 years ago. With experience in restaurants all of her life, Jonathan asked, “Hey, do you want to buy a restaurant?” Affectionately referred to as the “Pig,” this small corner restaurant became a bedrock for new as well as established artists. In her years as the owner, chef, hostess and resident therapist, Jenny was able to build a truly special place. She established a neighborhood living room, stage, theater, gallery and refuge for all walks of life, where she put herself second to help countless others just “because.” With her smile and insightful sense of humor, she was able to help create a space where people could laugh, cry and above all else, feel welcome. Jenny’s joy in helping others started after graduating from college when she took a job managing food services and culinary classes for troubled youth at the Justice Resource Institute in Danvers. This sense of altruism remained a driving force throughout her life. She was very active with many organizations that helped those in need, including HAWC, Northeast ARC, the YMCA, where she served as vice president of the board, and the North Shore Cancer Walk, to name a few. Predeceased by her father, James Mitchell, sister, Christine and brother, Eric, Jenny is survived by her loving husband, Jonathan, and her sons, Eric and Will, all of Salem and of whom she was very proud; her mother, Anne Mitchell of Marblehead; her brothers, James of Manchester, Peter of Salem and Jonathan of Beverly; and her nieces, Sierra Mitchell of Chicago and Maddy and Emily Mitchell of Denver. In addition to family, Jenny is survived by hundreds, if not thousands, of people who may not have met without her. She always said that the Pig afforded her a great extended family, and she loved and appreciated every one of you. A ceremony will be held in the Blake Chapel at Harmony Grove Cemetery in Salem on Saturday, January 7, at 10 a.m., with a celebration of life at 12 p.m. upstairs at Murphy’s Pub in Salem.