Clerks actress Lisa Spoonauer

Lisa Spoonauer, the former actress from Jackson known for her role in "Clerks," died after coping with chronic, degenerative illnesses for 10 years.

Spoonauer, 44, who was born in Rahway and grew up in Freehold, died at home on Saturday. She played the character Caitlin Bree in the 1994 movie directed by Kevin Smith, who along with her fellow cast members, posted remembrances of her on social media Tuesday.

"You changed my life, Lisa," Smith posted on Instagram, calling Spoonauer "one of the chief architects" of the movie. He discovered her in 1992, at a Brookdale Community College acting class. She later left acting to become an event planner and restaurant manager.

Spoonauer is survived by her husband, Tom Caron, her daughter, Mia, and her stepson, Tyler. She was also briefly married to Jeff Anderson, her "Clerks" co-star, who played Randal Graves in the film.