OBITUARY

Jackie Lynn Gaudiano

March 23, 1945February 13, 2021

Jack “Jackie” Lynn Schifani Gaudiano, 75, of Pearland, Texas, passed away peacefully Saturday, February 13, 2021, after a battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Jackie was born to Anthony P. Schifani and Minnie M. Emmite, March 23, 1945, in Houston, Texas. She grew up in the East end of Houston, attended Queen of Peace Catholic School and graduated from Incarnate Word Academy in 1963. She met her husband Joseph Gaudiano in 1956 and they married in 1965. Together they raised two girls in Glenbrook Valley before moving to Pearland in 1998. Jackie worked in banking for 30 years and began her career at Allied Bank of Texas and continued her career as a Vice President at Texas Commerce Bank and First Interstate Bank. She was a member of Ladies of Sacred Heart and St. Helen Catholic Church. She was an avid card player and loved her bus trips to the casinos in Louisiana with her friends. She also had a love for travelling abroad. Jackie adored her four grandchildren and her world stopped when they were around. She is survived by her husband, Joseph Gaudiano; daughters Jody Koury and husband Robert, Julie Upton and husband Randy; grandchildren Amy and Michelle Koury, Tyler and Katie Upton; brother Steve Schifani and wife Mary Pat; brother-in-laws Anthony Gaudiano and wife Betty, Frank Gaudiano and wife Sheila. She also leaves many nieces and nephews to cherish her memory. She was preceded in death by Anthony P. Schifani, father, Minnie Schifani, mother, Frank F. Gaudiano, father-in-law, and Angelina Gaudiano, mother-in-law.

Pallbearers: Robert Koury, Randy Upton, Tyler Upton, Garrett Grothe, Charlie Voorhees, Kyle Voorhees. Services will be held Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at St. Helen Catholic Church, Pearland, TX. Visitation at 9:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. Private burial for immediate family to follow at Forest Park Lawndale, Abbey Mausoleum. Due to COVID, there will not be a reception following the service. The family requests that donations be made in memory of Jackie to the ALS Association of Texas, www.alstexas.org.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

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Sr. Madeleine Grace

February 28, 2021

The Incarnate Word Sisters certainly remember Jackie as a student at IWA and continue to remember Jackie and her family in prayer.

Vera Rivera

February 24, 2021

Jackie, you were so full of energy and love to your classmates. I know I’ll see you again in heaven. God bless you and help your family cope with not having you around down here on earth anymore. Love you lots, Vera

Stephany Murdy

February 24, 2021

I have such wonderful memories from when Jackie and I, and all our cousins, shared Saturday nights with all our Schifani relatives, all gathering at my Grandma Schifani’s house. Jackie had a laugh that was discreet, but so funny. Her laugh was infectious and never failed to make you laugh with her.
I also treasure the times when my Dad would announce after dinner, “We’re gonna go see Tony and Tootsie.” Those were the days when you visited for no particular reason, just the company of extended family, over a cup of coffee. I loved these impromptu visits so much and remember them so clearly. We chatted around the kitchen table, loudly laughing at stories from Schifani family legends. My Uncle Tony passed on his wicked sense of humor with all the family, especially with Jackie and Steve. As an adult, Jackie was remarkable for her sense of humor, sweet disposition and calm demeanor, even after her diagnosis with ALS. She graciously shared her optimism with other patients, and charmed everyone around her. I will miss her so much.
I offer my most heartfelt condolences to Joe, Jody and Julie and their families, for the loss of sweet Jackie. Surely there were legions of angels ready to receive her into heaven and guide her to God, and the joyous reunion with the loved ones who have passed before her. Rest In Peace sweet cousin.

Patricia Lonchar

February 24, 2021

Jackie always had a smile—for all. No matter what she was doing, she would acknowledge those around her. This is what I remember most from our high school years. Our class reunions showed the same trait—a genuine welcoming smile for all. What a gift! What a blessing to have known Jackie.

Elizabeth Muegge

February 24, 2021

Jackie was my classmate at IWA where she was very involved with a variety of activities and leadership roles. She was smart, fun, and very dependable. These special traits obviously carried her forward into a successful business career and as a well-loved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to many. May Jackie's influence in your own life bring you Faith and comfort.

Douglas Fuqua

February 23, 2021

Condolences and Prayers to the Family

Rick Neal

February 23, 2021

Uncle Joe, Jody, and Julie (and the rest of the family). We are so sorry to hear of Aunt Jackie's passing. She was such a sweet person and I know our mother (Justine) always considered her a sister and she was such a special person to our family growing up. May God watch over you and your families during these difficult times without her and help remember the fantastic memories you all shared with her.

Minnette Carrabba

February 22, 2021

Jackie was a very special person. She was beautiful both inside and out,
Heaven gained a very special angel!
Prayers for her family.

Frank and Pauline Samperi

February 22, 2021

We are so very sorry for the loss of this great lady. How we loved all the times we spent with her. She had a million dollar smile and she loved telling wonderful stories about her grandchildren. She will be missed but never forgotten.

Silvanna Crocco

February 19, 2021

We are very sorry for your loss. Jackie was a great person and will surely be missed a lot.
Our condolences during these difficult times.
She will always be present in our prayers and in our hearts.

FROM THE FAMILY