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Jacqueline Mary Dunn

Dear Classes of 1970, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1980 & 1984:

This is a Deacon Alert to inform you of the passing of Jacqueline Mary Dunn on Tuesday, March 17th.

Jackie was the mother of Patrick Dunn ('70), Patricia (Dunn) Halbasch ('70), Tom Dunn ('73), Miki Dunn ('74), Kevin Dunn ('75), Paul Dunn ('78), Peggy Dunn ('80) and Bonnie (Dunn) Taylor ('84).

 

Obituary:

Long-time Fargo resident, Jackie Dunn, age 88, passed away peacefully on St. Patrick's Day, at her home in Apple Valley, MN of complications resulting from strokes and a heart attack.

Mrs. Dunn was born July 20, 1931 in Kankakee, IL the second child of John and Eva (Landry) Bostian.  She graduated from St. Joseph's Seminary high school, in Kankakee, and attended the College of St. Francis, Joliet, IL.

In 1951 Jackie married Tom Dunn, who grew up in Biloxi, MS and moved to Kankakee when he was seventeen, where he began his 43-year career in display and advertising.  When the J. C. Penney Co. transferred Tom to Fargo, ND in 1960, they were living in Peru, IL.  And Jackie was a stay-at-home mother; managing, teaching, caring for and comforting six children.

In Fargo, Jackie and Tom had two more children.  The family was parishioners of St. Anthony's and St. Mary's Catholic Church, and actively involved with the Knight's of Columbus.  Together Jackie and Tom raised eight children, who all graduated from high school in Fargo.

After her youngest child started school, Jackie began working for Scherling's Photography in 1968.  She started part-time on the production side; as a full-time employee she was Patrick Scherling's administrative assistant.  In December 1991 Jackie and Tom retired and moved to Apple Valley, MN to be near their daughters.

Jackie's greatest joy in life was being a wife, mother, grandma, great grandma and a friend.  She enjoyed traveling, primarily to visit and spend one-on-one time with her eight children and their spouses.  She enjoyed playing games, particularly Hand and Foot, with family and friends, and could be frequently heard saying, "what a draw, what a draw."  Yes she enjoyed winning.  Jackie embraced technology, and enjoyed playing numerous games on her iPad, particularly Scrabble; many times she had six games going simultaneously with family and friends.  She's also been known to frequent casinos to play the slot machines (perhaps she found that therapeutic for having to live with her oldest son).

Jackie, who personified unconditional love, will be forever loved and missed by:  her roommate, Patrick; daughter, Patricia Halbasch (Bruce), St. Croix Falls, WI; son, Tom Jr. (Debbie), Corpus Christi, TX; son, Miki (Julie), Cincinnati, OH; son, Kevin (Tami), Casa Grande, AZ; son, Paul (Jeanine), Stone Mountain, GA; daughter, Peggy, Hopkins, MN; daughter, Bonnie Taylor (Bob), Naperville, IL; eighteen grandchildren; ten great-grand children; and nephews Woody Lott, Lilburn, GA, and John (Debby) Lott, Fresno California.  

A celebration of life will be held 17-20 July, which will include a memorial mass and interment on 20 July, at The Church of St. Joseph's, Rosemount, MN 55068 (651-423-4402).  The White Funeral Homes in Apple Valley has been entrusted with arrangements (952-432-2001). 

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations be made to Western DuPage Special Recreational Association (www.wdsra.com) - "the place for engaging community-based social and recreational program for individuals … with special needs."  (Our niece, and her family are patrons of this Illinois' establishment.)

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