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Jacqueline E. Dick Dakosty, 88, of Shenandoah Heights, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, September 18th at the Schuylkill Medical Center – Lehigh Valley East, Pottsville.
Born in Shenandoah Heights on January 24th, 1931 to the late James and Margaret “Ryan” Walsh. Jackie was a graduate of the former West Mahanoy Township High School and no matter her age she had great pride in being a cheerleader! She worked in the local garment industry as a trimmer for 25 years. She was a member of the ILGWU, Glovers Hill Ladies Auxiliary, the Greater Shenandoah Area Senior Citizens and the Marian Quarterback Club.
Many will remember Jackie as the biggest fan of Marian Catholic football, where her son Stan retired as head coach. In his 40 years of coaching, she only missed a handful of games. She was always the one to start the “Let’s go Colts” cheer! She was also an avid Colgate Football fan.
During the summer months Jackie loved her nightly Sundae treat from Chill Out which her son Bob and his wife Anna Marie always made sure she got exactly what she wanted. I’m sure she is enjoying an Apple Dumpling Sundae in heaven.
We were blessed to have Joanie Gadonis is her life. What started out as assistance with mom and her appointments, turned into a beautiful friendship. No matter if it was to go to the hair dresser, get her nails done, or just a girls day out.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Dick in 1993, 3 brothers, Frank, Joseph, and James Walsh, 6 sisters, Margaret Walsh, Anna Navitsky, Dorothy Cramer, Irene Thomas, Theresa Guers, and Rosemary Boady, a son-in-law, Timothy O’Brien, and 1 grandson, James "Jimbo" Stauffer in 2011.
Surviving are 2 sons, Stanley Dakosty with Mary – Tamaqua, and Robert Decusky with Anna Marie – Ringtown, 3 daughters, Janice Jacobs – Shenandoah Heights, who was also her primary caregiver, Karen Stauffer with Jim – Ringtown, and Patti O’Brien – Frackville. 6 grandchildren, Stanley, Kathleen, Michael, Melissa, Evan & Shannon, 5 great grandchildren, Stanley, Nora, Tommy, Chase, Bryce, and nieces and nephews.
A visitation will take place on Sunday evening, September 22nd from 5 to 8pm and then on Monday morning, September 23rd from 8 to 10am at the Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, 40 N. Jardin St, Shenandoah, visitation will take place on the Lloyd Street entrance. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10:30am in Divine Mercy Parish, 218 W. Cherry St, Shenandoah with Fr. Brian Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Annunciation BVM Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Marian High School for the Stan & Jacqueline Dick Dakosty Scholarship Fund
The Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc. is handling the arrangements