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Labenski Funeral Home

107 Boswell Avenue, Norwich, CT

OBITUARY

Jacqueline Falman

March 24, 1952July 22, 2017

Jacqueline “Jackie” Falman 1952-2017, Norwich, CT

While embraced by the love of family and friends, Jackie died at home on July 22 with the same gentle composure and grace she exhibited throughout her prolonged coping with cancer. She was 65.

Of short physical stature, Jackie had a tall personality and significant effect on the lives of many. She was wife to William Falman Jr. of Norwich for the last 43 years, and mother to Bryan Falman of Virginia and Chris Falman of Boston. Her parents, Richard and Lucille Fontaine of Taftville are both deceased. Having earned her BS and MS degrees in education at ECSU, Jackie was a devoted and passionate teacher in the Norwich Public School system for 35 years. She taught in the primary grades, worked with the gifted program and served as an assistant principal. She continued to volunteer in classrooms after retirement.

A quietly outgoing and fun-loving personality, music was a significant aspect of her life. Jackie played guitar, the french horn, and piano. She was an active member of the Griswold Players Community Chorus and always had a song in her heart. She loved plays and musicals and constantly looked on the bright side of things. An unwavering optimism and love of life were her trademarks, “Live in the moment,” her mantra. Jackie owned a warm and genuine smile that she readily shared.

A Board of Directors member of Reliance Health, Inc, Jackie did philanthropic good for the community in her inherent, low profile way.

She loved to cook and break bread with friends and family, share conversation and laughter, play cards and board games. Jackie and Bill were part of a long-standing gourmet group established with three other couples who compiled their own book of recipes.

Besides her husband and sons, she leaves behind brothers Dan and Dick Fontaine, sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, several nieces and nephews and a bevy of dear friends, all of whom will find it challenging to fill the hole her leaving has created.

A private party to celebrate her life will be held for invited friends and family. Donations in Jackieʼs memory can be made to:

CT Women of Hope (ctwomenofhope.org), Reliance Health (reliancehealthinc.org), or Descendants of Lucille and Richard Fontaine Fund (Contact: descendentsoflucillerichardfon@gmail.com or Call 860.974.3615).

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Services

  • A Private Party to celebrate her life will be held for invited friends and family at a later date.

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Denise Bazinet Tyburski

August 4, 2017

My deepest and sincere sympathy to all the family and many friends of Jackie.

Nancy Oloff Gandolfo

July 27, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Billy and your family.
The Oloff family

Bob and Jan Couture

July 27, 2017

We were so sad to hear of Jackie's passing. She was such a wonderful, sweet person and great neighbor. We will always remember her kind and loving ways. Our sincere condolences to Bill, Brian and Chris.

Kathleen Jones

July 26, 2017

I loved working with Jackie at Moriarty years ago. She was such a kind, giving person. She will be missed. My condolences to all of her family.

Pamela Aey Adams

July 26, 2017

I knew Jackie from years ago at NFA when we were on the Fencing Team together. In addition to being a great Fencer, she was always upbeat and her personality sparkled! She always found the humor in life and never took herself or the world too seriously. Will always remember her with fondness and recall the great times we had on the Fencing Team, Rose Arts Parade and hanging with the Sugar & Spice. - Pam Aey Adams

Linda (Desrosiers) Smith

July 26, 2017

I knew Jackie from the Reliance Health Board of Directors. She always had a smile and a kind word. We would share memories of growing up in Taftville and of her Dad and brother Danny. Jackie will be missed and I will have a smile on my face every time I think of her.

Debra Podurgiel

July 26, 2017

She was one of my favorite teachers of all time. I used to sing Moon Shadow to my kids when they were babies - a song she taught us all in third grade at Moriarty when she would play her guitar. What a wonderful, incredible teacher. I am so sorry for your loss.

Sue Caplet

July 26, 2017

I knew Jackie as member of the Reliance Health Board of Directors. She was always positive and caring and fun to talk to. She will be greatly missed by everyone at our agency.

Phyllis Cummings

July 26, 2017

So sorry for your loss. I will always remember Jacquie as a great teacher. I also remember the days spent at the little league field watching our boys. My prayers and thoughts are with you in time of great loss.

Arlene Pollack

July 26, 2017

Sending my sincere sympathy to the Fontaine and Falman families. I was so saddened to read of Jackie's passing. She was a great teacher and colleague.

FROM THE FAMILY