DANSVILLE. Jacqueline Marie Van Derhoof, born August 4, 1939 at Eagle Lake, Maine died peacefully with her family at her bedside on Sunday, January 15, 2017; she left to join her beloved mother, Cecile (Hebert) and father, Peter Fournier; her life cut short by blood clots in her lungs from a 2013 surgery.
Survived by her husband Jon Van Derhoof of Dansville; and formerly married to and predeceased by husband, Donald Gray and husband, James Jamison; and brothers, Darcy (Mitzi and Carol) and Richard (Margelia) Fournier. Survived by beloved daughter, Nancy Gray and son, Dennis Gray, son, retired GY/SGT, USMC Richard (Carole) Jamison, and step-daughter, Elizabeth (Mike) Molter. Predeceased by beloved step-son, Eric Van Derhoof and survived by granddaughters, Cassia Gray, E2 Hospital Apprentice, US NAVY Rosalie Jamison and Charli Jamison and step-granddaughter, Nicole Molter and step-grandson, Joshua Molter and many nieces and nephews.
Jackie was a 33 year retired employee of the New York State Dept. of Mental Health at Craig Colony from 1961 and was known to have been the most loving caregiver to “her kids”, and from 1968 most respected and revered as a supervisor by her peers. For years, Jackie owned and operated a hair styling salon called “Ladies of Curl” and specializing in high styling hairdos. Jackie loved to dance and in 1987, Jackie and Jon won the “Jitterbug” contest at the Seneca Army Depot NCO Club Annual Luau. After retiring from the state in 1994, Jackie originated “Sunny Grove Manor”, a delightful home for senior ladies and operated it until Jackie’s illness forced its closure. Jackie loved fishing with her husband, Jon, at the “Duck Ponds” at the Army Depot on Seneca Lake and at most of the other Finger Lakes and at Eagle Lake in Maine; 20 miles South of Canada where the fish were plentiful. Jackie also loved traveling with Jon; to Maine, Texas, Florida, and Canada. Jackie had wonderful times viewing our beautiful country; and the clouds and sunshine above while flying with Jon in many airplanes and sailplanes. Jon and Jackie looked for and found numerous great restaurants from Canada to Florida and Texas to Maine and after Jon’s retirement from Seneca Army Depot in year 2000, Jackie enjoyed her once a month trips to the local casinos to do battle with the slot machines, usually with son, Richard’s mother-in-law, Nancy Rynders. Jackie loved doing crafts, making beautiful quilts, knitted mittens, hats and baby booties. Jon and Jackie enjoyed their walks for years until Jackie’s health curtailed them. Jackie loved the company of her children and grandchildren and the added pleasure and company to both Jon and Jackie, of their black wild eyed Poodle Bebe’ and today their wonderful, white, mostly Spaniel companion “Tucker” who greatly loves his “Mom and Dad”. Jackie was a communicant of the United Methodist Church on Chestnut Street and loved the Reverends Cal, Jaime, and Nilla. Heavens Doors opened wide this week. Jackie will be greatly missed by her Family and all who knew her.
Friends may call 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Chamberlin – Baird Funeral Home, 73 Main St., Dansville. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Friday at the Dansville United Methodist Church, 5 Chestnut St., Dansville. Burial will follow in Greenmount Cemetery, Dansville.
Contributions may be made to the Dansville Ambulance, 18 Ossian St., Dansville, NY 14437. Condolence may be made to the family at www.bairdfuneralhomes.com
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