Jacqueline Marie Nowakowski, age 78, peacefully joined her heavenly Father on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022.
Jackie, as she was known to family and friends, was born in Buffalo to Jack A. and Ethel N. (Arcangel) Kelleher on July 17, 1943. On Aug. 14, 1965, she married Anthony J. Nowakowski in Kenmore.
Jackie was a wonderfully loving and generous wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, friend, and servant of God. She taught fifth grade for three years, then resigned her position to love and serve her family.
In the late 1970s, she dedicated her life to the Lord and, from that point on, it was her life’s mission to serve Him and be the hands and feet of Jesus. She ministered to family and friends, those with addictions, and those in prison. It was her desire to carry out God’s will. Jackie truly loved the Lord, her family, people, animals, and sitting by the river.
Anyone who knew her, loved her, was loved by her, and their lives were forever changed for the better. We know she is at home with Jesus worshipping at His feet. She will be dearly missed by all, but never forgotten.
In addition to her devoted husband of 56 years, Anthony, Jackie is survived by two children: Nicole (Bob) Oursler and Erik (Debbie) Nowakowski; four grandsons: Kyle (Jamie) Oursler, Sam Oursler, Ryan Nowakowski and Jason Nowakowski; two great-grandsons: Connor and Landon Oursler; and her sister, Colleen (David) Spencer. She is also survived by many nephews, nieces and cousins.
Private funeral services and interment in Whitehaven Cemetery will be held for the immediate family. Friends and family will be invited to a future Celebration of Life to be announced in the late spring.
Arrangements by M.J. Colucci and Son Niagara Funeral Chapel. Visit www.mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for online condolences.