Jacqueline J. ‘Jackie’ Ladd

Jacqueline Joyce ‘Jackie’ Ladd, Otsego, age 84, passed away on Thursday, April 14, 2011 in Kalamazoo. She was born May 30, 1926 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Howard and Marguerite (Higgins) Ladd. She would have celebrated her 85th birthday on May 30th.

Jackie graduated from Otsego High School and worked as a clerical worker at various companies, including local banks, Kalamazoo College, K-Mart, Parker Hannifin’s Span Brass Co. and Braun’s Gallery gift shop in Plainwell. Jackie also received her Real Estate license and was a realtor at Professional Realty in Plainwell for many years.

 She loved to travel and loved the Phoenix, Arizona area where she lived for many years. She enjoyed traveling to England, France and Switzerland with her niece, Rhonda. Jackie enjoyed being with people and was always active in many social events, including a Plainwell bowling league. She loved music, concerts and plays. She also enjoyed the Lake Michigan area, her dog, Abbie, and spent some winter months in Florida in her RV.

 Jackie was preceded in death by her parents, her step-mother, Elizabeth ‘Lila’ Ladd, her beloved brother Eugene Ladd who died in the Philippines as a U.S. Paratrooper, and recently a sister and brother-in-law, Nadene and Homer Shaffer. Surviving are two nieces, Rhonda (Pat) McGonagle of Tampa, Florida, and Jackie (Gordon) Stineback of Otsego, and many great nieces and nephews.

In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no service. Contributions can be made in her honor to VFW Post #3030 in Otsego. Messages of condolence may be left at Winkelfuneralhome.com

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  1. Michelle Murphy says:

    So Sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with you!

  2. Jerry & Christy Petill says:

    Our deepest sympathies. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Kim Allen says:

    So sorry for your sudden loss of Jackie. She was quite the spirited lady and I will miss her on my route. Special condolences to her very special friend who faithfully watched over her. My sincere condolences to her family, I know you wil miss her. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    meals on wheels driver.

  4. Scott Hinz says:

    We have lost a wonderful person, my Auntie. I must say I thought this day would never happen because how full of life she was. She had a great deal of passion and such a love to share the family history with everyone. You can tell how proud she was of all of her family, especially her brother Eugene. We had a special relationship and I will dearly miss her with all my heart. With all the tragedies this family has gone through, I hope that we all continue to keep the same perspective that our fallen family members had…the importance of family. We were lucky to have known and shared the title of family with Auntie, grandpa, grandma, great-grandpa, and great grandma. May they all rest in peace.

  5. Linda Hariton says:

    My parents were very good friends of Jackie’s when she lived in Phoenix. We spent almost every summer weekend at her apartment and swimming pool. My parents used to let me sleep over and I remember sleeping on the day bed and she would be out on the patio with friends and kept the door open so I wouldn’t be scared. I loved Jackie as did my parents! I just looked her up and discovered she had passed. Rest in peace Jackie!

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