April 6, 1928 – June 5, 2015
June 5, 2015, Alta passed away after a brief illness. She was 87 years old. Daughter of the late Katie Ray, She worked for Chicago Public Schools, taught music for 30 years as well as a few years at Sacred Heart Academy.
She is survived by 8 children, 14 grand-children, 12 great grand-children.
Alta was ordained a Roman Catholic priest Oct. 14, 2009, becoming the first African American female priest in Chicago.
A Mass will be held at Ebenezer Lutheran Church 1650 W. Foster, Chicago on Wednesday at 10am.. Visitation held at Drake and Son Funeral Home 5303 N Western Ave. Chicago, Il 60625 on Tuesday 4-9p
Donations, in Alta’s memory, can be sent to www.romancatholicwomenpriests.org. and or Call to Action http;//cta-usa.org/
- Visitation Tuesday, June 9, 2015
- Funeral Mass Wednesday, June 10, 2015
- Committal and Interment Wednesday, June 10, 2015
November 8, 2018
Hey Grandma....I miss you so much!!! I was just thinking about you...I miss the summers you use to get me to your house on Sheridan and lake... reading books..and teaching me how to be a woman...just wanted to let you know I need you!!! Crying now see you soon young lady😘😘😘
July 8, 2015
I met Ms Alta in 2010. She was a good friend to me! I could call on her anytime I needed to talk with her! I just learned of her passing today! I will cherish the moments we shared.
July 8, 2015
I met Ms Alta back in 2010! She was a very good friend to me and I could call on her anytime I needed to talk to her! I just learned of her passing today! I will cherish the moments that we shared.
June 14, 2015
I met this wonderful woman and my whole outlook on life had changed. She truly was and forever will be an inspiration to me. Her words were kind and her smile was delightful. I remember her asking me to play her some music... I would stand there and watch her close her eyes and move her hands to the sound of the violin playing. She loved that. I enjoyed watching that bright smile she would have. May she rest in peace and know that she will be deeply missed by many!
June 10, 2015
Remembering Alta with her joy and ability to tease. Met her in Chicago at RCWP retreat. Her laugh and focused spirit will be missed. Prayers for her family!
Victoria Rue, M.Div.,Ph.D.,rcwp
June 10, 2015
Alta blessed and nurtured many people as a woman priest. She was an inspiration to all those who saw the film "Pink Smoke Over the Vatican." Her consciousness of standing in the shoes of Sojourner Truth as she made history as an African American woman priest will continue to bless and challenge the movement she was such an important part of, Roman Catholic Womenpriests-USA.
Rev. Judy Lee
June 9, 2015
The women priests and members of the Good Shepherd Inclusive Catholic Community in Fort Myers, Florida mourn the loss of and celebrate the life of our beloved sister priest, Rev.Alta Jacko. Rev. Alta visited us about five years ago and her spirit filled presence enlivened our African-American and diverse congregation with joy. She and her friend stayed in our church house and we were so happy to host her. She is having her glorious Easter now, but our hearts are with those who mourn and will miss her sweet sweet spirit . We believe that she is with us still in spirit and in love. Rev. Judy Lee, RCWP