Jacquelyn R. Jenkin

Date of Death: Feb 09, 2021
Jacquelyn R. Jenkin

1933 - 2021

Jacquelyn R. “Jacquie” Jenkin, 87, longtime resident of rural Brandon, passed away February 9, 2021 at Oakwood Village Prairie Ridge in Madison, WI.

Jacquie was born April 14, 1933 to Mary (McRae) and Orville Swisher in Chippewa Falls, WI. The family later moved to Waupun where Jacquie attended Waupun area schools until she graduated in 1951. After high school she attended both the University of Wisconsin-Madison and later Oshkosh State Teacher’s College (now University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh). On December 17, 1955 she married Neal Jenkin in Waupun.

Following their marriage, Jacquie got a job teaching at the one-room Holmes School in the Town of Metomen. She soon left formal teaching to take up farming and homemaking full-time where, alongside her husband, Neal, they raised livestock and cash-cropped until their retirement. Jacquie enjoyed farming, the outdoors and volunteering, whether it was as an art presenter for Ripon Elementary schools or as the ear-trained musical director for the award-winning Spring Valley 4-H club choir and countless other productions. Jacquie greatly enjoyed many activities that involved patience and skill, such as: needlepoint; gardening, and reading dense historical biographies. Above all her interests, Jacquie was a prolific knitter, constantly working on the next, more complex project than the last. Jacquie was passionate about local education issues, and the driving force to bring her family and those of several neighbors to join the Ripon Area School District. She loved her family very much.

Jacquie is survived by her children: Deborah (Ricardo) Blanc of Panama City, Panama, Dr. Brenda Jenkin of Sun Prairie, Bret (Suzanne) Jenkin of Sun Prairie, Nathan (Vanessa) Jenkin of Cincinnati, OH, and Frank (Tracie) Jenkin of Brandon; five grandchildren: Jeremy (Kristen) Sandgren, Hannah Sandgren, Marta Sandgren, Claire Jenkin, and Lauren Jenkin; one great-grandchild: James Sandgren; her sisters: Pat (John) Giebink, Kay (William) Keepers, Bette (Don) Fischer, and her brother Mike (Laurenda) Swisher.

Jacquie was preceded in death by her husband, Neal.

Graveside Service

After a private burial service for immediate family, Jacquie will be laid to rest at Forest Mound Cemetery in Waupun.



  1. TERRY SCHAD Says: February 11, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    My condolences and prayers are with the family and my son in law Nathan. Jacquie was a beautiful person and I’m glad I knew her.

  2. Tom and Lisa Zenner Says: February 11, 2021 at 6:32 pm

    Tracy and Frank We are sorry for your loss. Please share our sympathy with your family. A mother’s love is alway with you.

  3. Mike and Heather Wegner Says: February 11, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    Our family is deeply saddened to hear of your great loss. Mike has been blessed to know your family for over 50 years, so if there’s anything we can do to help, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Debbie Boers Says: February 11, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    Jackie was a good friend of mine at our saviors church. You have my sympathy.

  5. Phyllis Prellwitz Says: February 12, 2021 at 8:12 am

    Deepest sympathy to the family. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Patsy and Jim Quick Says: February 12, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    Jim and Patsy Quick.

    So very sorry for your loss! Prayers for the family. Love and light sent your way!

  7. Tammy Hageman Widlake Says: February 13, 2021 at 7:27 am

    So sorry to hear. I got to know her thru church

  8. Kathy & Pete Schieler Says: February 18, 2021 at 7:57 am

    Deepest sympathy to Jacquie’s family. She was a kind lady with a beautiful voice! She will be missed by all of her friends at Our Saviour’s UCC, in Ripon. May she rest in peace…………… Kathy & Pete Schieler Ripon WI

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