Jacqueline Ann “Jackie” Spaethe, 70, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Ottumwa, died Dec. 16, 2012, at Willow Gardens Care Center in Marion.
Jackie Spaethe was born Sept. 6, 1942, in Ottumwa, the daughter of Ed. and Dorothy (Rocket) Gill.
She attended Ottumwa High School. She worked at the Canteen Catering Service in Marion for many years and later became an in-home care assistant to the elderly. She will be best remembered for her smile, love for her Kitty – Kea Kea, her quick-witted opinion and her enduring love of her only son, Donnie.
She is survived by her son, Don Spaethe of Grayslake, Ill.; three grandchildren, Brad Spaethe of Oak Creek, Wis., Breanna Spaethe of Chicago, Ill., and Jayden Spaethe of Grayslake, Ill.; Nannette Spaethe of Grayslake, Ill., whom she loved like a daughter; niece, Nan Parker Texas; a nephew, Rich Penrod of Cedar Rapids; a great-granddaughter who is to arrive later this year, Ashlynn Rose Spaethe.
Jackie was preceded in death by her sisters, Sandy Majors of Ottumwa and Patricia McGrew.
A memorial gathering will be from 4-5 p.m. Thursday at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home, with a memorial service celebrating Jackie’s life following at 5 p.m. Chaplain Jeremy Hudson will officiate.
Online condolences may be left at www.cedarmemorial.com under obituaries.