Jacquelyn Willette McKenna passed away following a long illness on November 6, 2018, at home in the company of her loving husband John. Jacquelyn was predeceased by her parents Homer and Cecile, and her brothers Francis and James. Jaquelyn is survived by her brother Joseph and wife Suzanne Willette, her sisters—in-law Sally Willette and Mary Willette, and John's brother Joseph and wife Mary, and his sisters Elizabeth and husband Steven Betzler, Mary and husband Vincent Deegan, and Loretta and husband Andrew Hill III, as well as several cousins and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. The family gratefully acknowledges the care and support of Our Lady of Providence Residential Care, the Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Program, and Armistead Caregiver Services.
Jacquelyn's professional career was devoted to community service first as a Sister of Mercy (1958-68), later as Secretary, Associate Director and Director of Burlington Ecumenical Action Ministry (BEAM, 1968-75), as Personnel Specialist and Employee Relations and Development Manager at Medical Center Hospital of Vermont (1978-1988), and as Administrative Assistant to the Superior General of the Society of St. Edmund at Saint Michael's College (1990-2002).
Jacquelyn will be remembered for her generosity of spirit, her radiant smile and warmth, her gentle yet valiant soul, her openness of mind and desire to learn, her work in building bridges that unite people of differing beliefs and values, and her commitment to social justice.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St Stephen Catholic Church, Winooski, VT, on Saturday November 17, 2018 at 10:00 AM. Visiting hours are from 4:00 ~ 7:00 PM, on Friday November 16, 2018 at LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 132 Main St. Winooski. VT. Burial at a later time at convenience of family. In lieu of flowers please consider contributing to an agency or institution of your choice that is dedicated to community service and social justice. Condolences may be shared at www.lavignefuneralhome.com