MARQUETTE, MI. - Dr. Jean T. Jackson, 82, of Marquette, died Wednesday afternoon at Marquette General Hospital.
She was born April 12, 1931, in Marquette, a daughter of the late Arthur and Kathleen (Coralie Olivier) Jackson.
She was a 1948 graduate of Bishop Baraga High School. Dr. Jean attended Northern Michigan College of Education, the College of St. Teresa and Boston College. She was associated with the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in Peoria for twenty years after which she attended Loyola University's Stritch School of Medicine, Class of 1973.
Upon completion of a surgical residency at Loyola, she was commissioned in the United States Army. After several tours of duty, she retired from the Army as a Colonel in 1995 and continued to work in El Paso, TX until her return to Marquette in 1999. Dr. Jean was also a Gulf War veteran.
Dr. Jean was a member of St. Louis the King Catholic Church and often served as a devoted volunteer to numerous charities including, Room at the Inn, St. Vincent DePaul Pantry and the Devine Consignment Shop. Her interests included traveling and reading. And she was a show-dog owner, specializing in standard poodles.
Dr. Jean is survived by her brother, Rev. Samuel (Arlene) Jackson ELCA of Horicon, WI; cousins, Joan Talle Estep of Ft. Myers, FL, Mary (Clifford) Engman of Marquette and their daughter, Anne Engman of Marquette, Kathleen Bianchi of Marquette and her children, Beth (Bob) Greet of Marquette, Nancy (Timothy) Speaker of Milwaukee, Dan Bianchi of Marquette, Tom (Pam) Bianchi of Milwaukee and Donald Bianchi of Marquette. A "Special" Dr. Jean to Eric, 'Topher, Hannah, Nikki, Angela, Jason, Lucas, Michael, Allison, Josh, Katie, Jesse and Alex; beloved pet, Lola. She is also survived by several Olivier cousins, their families and many wonderful friends.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 12 Noon at St. Louis the King Catholic Church with Rev. Benedetto Paris officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the mass in the church. Inurnment will be held in the spring in Holy Cross Cemetery. The American Legion Post #44 will provide military honors.
In lieu of flowers, Dr. Jean requested that memorial contributions be directed to a charity of your choice.
The Canale-Tonella Funeral Home is assisting the family where memories may be shared at canalefuneral.com