Jacqueline “Jackie” Elizabeth Hamel, 81, peacefully entered eternal life on February 26, 2015.

If you knew Jackie you’ve probably heard her say, “Don’t drink water, it rusts your pipes.”

If you were a kid fighting with your siblings, she’d tell you that “someday you’ll travel hundreds of miles just to see each other.” If you were mad at someone she’d suggest you “walk a mile in their moccasins” before judging them. If someone wronged you Jackie would say that “every dirty dog gets his day.”

Her beverage of choice was McDonald’s coffee. Every day after walking at the mall and stopping at McDonalds to socialize, she brought coffee to the pastor and secretary at her church.

Her generosity was boundless; never was she happier than when she could give or do something for others. She loved taking her grandchildren to Walmart, or to Bethesda Thrift Shop where she volunteered, and going to Gibbsville Cheese Factory to pick up gifts to distribute. She regularly visited nursing homes, and gave rides to elderly friends who didn’t drive.

Jackie indulged her sweet tooth regularly, and kept a considerable stock on hand for visitors. Her house was a veritable kids’ “candy land” which her grandchildren especially appreciated. Among the staples were Skittles, all kinds of cookies, chocolate, ice cream, and “Nutty Buddies.”

She grew up on a dairy farm in Michigan, had simple tastes, and never shied away from hard work or procrastinated. She liked most everyone she met, and could strike up a conversation with anyone, even in sign language. Her favorite people included her family, her friends at Bemis and at church, neighbors, the entire staff at Trinity Nursing Home, and those who worked at Parkview Restaurant. If a server there said he didn’t like liver, she’d have him sit down in her booth and eat a few bites with her.

Jackie is survived by her children and grandchildren, whose pictures she eagerly shared with anyone who had a few minutes to spare: Her son Michael (wife Julie, children Emily, John, Bethel, Levi, and Mercy); Vicki (children Alexandra and Nicholas); Cindy (husband Jim, children Jackie, Matthew, James, Mary and Christian); three great grandchildren: Hannah, Rebecca, and Naomi (parents Emily and Derek); two sisters (Inez and Virginia); along with many in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends and other family too numerous to list but very dear to her. She is reunited with her daughter Catherine, and her husband and reluctant polka partner of 52 years, Ron. She is predeceased by three sisters and one brother.

Friends can visit with Jackie’s family at the Wenig Funeral home at 711 Broadway in Sheboygan Falls on Sunday from 5-6 p.m., or on Monday at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 3027 Wilgus Ave. in Sheboygan, from 9:30 until the funeral service at 10:30 a.m.

A memorial fund has been established in Jackie’s name for Our Redeemer Lutheran Church

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