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Jacqueline A. Giese

April 19, 1930 June 23, 2019
Jacqueline A. Giese
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Jacqueline Ann Giese, 89 years of age, passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2019, following a slow decline from Alzheimer’s Disease and acute complications from a hip fracture. She had been a long-term resident of Wauconda, Illinois, with a brief period of residency in Lake Zurich, Illinois.

Jacqueline was born in Pittsburg, Oklahoma on April 19, 1930 to Emil Korenowski and Irene (Decker) Korenowski and raised in Oklahoma and Edwards, Illinois. She was valedictorian of her high school class, received a scholarship, and was able to attend and graduate from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. She married Francis E. Thacker in the early 1950s in Peoria, Illinois, and they had three children, Marcia A. (Thacker) Valenstein, Paul F. Thacker, and Robert Thacker. They were divorced in the 1990s. She married her beloved Glen Giese, a retired minister, in 1998, and he predeceased her in 2009.

Jacqueline worked as an elementary school teacher for several years in Maywood, Illinois and Wauconda, Illinois. She also worked in later years at Underwriters Laboratories and Kemper Insurance. She volunteered at the Wauconda Thrift Shop and a crisis hotline. Jacqueline loved reading, and she was a regular at the Wauconda Public Library throughout her life. She was a long-term member of the Wauconda Evangelical Free Church, now the Life Bridge Community Church, and had a deep religious sense. The beauty of simple hymns stirred her until the end. She loved music, traveling, and line dancing. She was socially conservative but also a feminist when it came to the careers of women.

In addition to her late husband, Glen Giese, Jaqueline was preceded in death by her mother and father, her brother, Robert Korenowski, and her brother, Emil Korenowski. She is survived by her children, Marcia (Thacker) Valenstein, Paul Thacker, and Robert Thacker, and their spouses, Paul Valenstein, Caroline Thacker, and Aimee Belanger. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Clara Valenstein, Helen Valenstein-Mah, Patricia (Thacker) Karlander, Erik (Claire) Thacker, Zachary Thacker, Hunter Thacker, and Spencer Thacker. She also had three great-grandchildren, four nieces, and numerous great-nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 28th, 2019 at 12 pm at the Life Bridge Community Church at 700 West Liberty Street, Wauconda Illinois, with refreshments to follow.

Donations in memory of Jacqueline Giese can be sent to the Wauconda Area Library Foundation, see

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12:00 PM 6/28/2019 12:00:00 PM
Life Bridge Community Church

700 W. Liberty St.
Wauconda, IL 60084

Life Bridge Community Church
700 W. Liberty St. Wauconda 60084 IL
United States

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Wauconda Area Library Foundation


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