Jacqueline (Jackie) Claire Gonseth- Jones died the morning of June 23 of natural causes.
Jackie was born on September 10, 1930 of Clara Brown and Clarence Gonseth in Calcium. She grew up the oldest of four sisters.
Jackie graduated high school and attended Potsdam State Teacher’s College and then received her Master’s Degree at St. Lawrence University where she studied education.
Jackie married her second half, Alan Ray Jones of Adams Center on Christmas Eve 1953. Alan and Jackie lived happily and raised their three children, Laura Lynne, Julie Kaye, and Alan (Chip) Roy, in Potsdam. Jackie taught for 36 years at Potsdam State Campus School, at both the elementary and college level. Although she loved teaching, her life’s passion was her family. Jackie and her soul mate, Alan, took their children across The United States in an RV and later used parts of that RV to build a family camp on Lake Ozonia where they spent many years enjoying their life’s labors with their children, and later, grandchildren.
Her grandchildren include Patrick, McDonnell, and Ellen Kiely, Jacqueline and Ador Susmann, and Cassandra and Christian Jones. Jackie was an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Potsdam and served on the vestry and taught Sunday school for several years during her time there. At home Jackie enjoyed sewing, gardening, reading and cooking. Jackie is well known within the River Road community as a friendly Halloween Witch.
Jacqueline’s calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, June 26 at Garner Funeral Home. Family and close friends are invited to Jacqueline’s funeral that will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 27, at Trinity Episcopal Church with Dr. Rev. Christopher Brown officiating in Potsdam.
Burial will follow the service at the Bayside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions in her memory can be made to the American Heart Association or Trinity Episcopal Church.