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Jacqueline L. Valinoti

  • "Beth, please know that my prayers are with you during this..."
    - Jocelyn Argarin
  • "Learned of Jackie's passing from my mother Pat Mallory. ..."
    - Ken & Pat Mallory
  • "Beth I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and..."
    - Starr Sekulich

Valinoti, Jacqueline Louise "Jackie" (nee Brandley) 73, died peacefully in loving care on Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at Chatuge Regional Nursing Home, Hiawassee, GA, of complications from kidney disease. Jackie was born on March 11, 1940 in Beaver Dam, WI, to John and Helen Brandley. The family moved to Lake Geneva, WI, when Jackie was a small child and she spent the remainder of her youth there. She was active in lake sports including swimming and ice skating, and her passion for drama led her to become president of Lake Geneva High School's drama club. Jackie graduated from high school in 1958, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1962 with a degree in Home Economics. After college graduation, Jackie moved to Waukegan, IL, to pursue a teaching career. In Waukegan, she met Michael Valinoti and they were married in Lake Geneva on July 11, 1964. Jackie and Mike raised their two daughters in Waukegan. Jackie worked part-time as a pre-school teacher, volunteered as a catechism teacher at her church, and served as an assistant "Brownie" troop leader. She enjoyed mentoring junior teachers, playing bridge with her many neighborhood friends, and vacationing with her family. Jackie and Mike retired to Hiawassee, GA, in 1996. There they enjoyed the beautiful mountain and lake views, friendly neighbors, frequent vacations, and visits from family and friends. Jackie was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Jane Brandley; and several uncles and aunts. Jackie is survived by her beloved husband of 49 years, Michael; daughters, Victoria (Michael) Sakshaug and Elizabeth (Thomas) McCarthy; sister, Judith Moore; brother, John Brandley; grandchildren, Joseph and Katherine Sakshaug and Sylvia McCarthy; an uncle and aunt, Benjamin and Doris Little; cousins, William Little, Lela Schaefer, and Cheryl Wenker; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. Visitation will take place on Sunday, August 11, 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m., at Cochran Funeral Home, Hiawassee, GA, with a Rosary prayer at 7:30 p.m.The funeral service will be held on Monday, August 12, 10:00 a.m., at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Blairsville, GA, with interment following at Laurel Hills Memory Garden, Hiawassee, GA. Donations in Jackie's memory may be made to Chatuge Regional Nursing Home, Hiawassee, GA.
Published in News Sun from Aug. 9 to Aug. 15, 2013
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