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Evelyn Jacqueline Galecke

January 25, 1941October 31, 2020

Evelyn Jacqueline Derocher Galecke (Jackie) of Dallas, TX, and Sister Bay, WI, passed away peacefully Oct 31, 2020, at her home in Dallas, surrounded by her family. Jackie was born to Rose and Eugene Derocher in Bark River, MI. She was the second youngest of 12 in their large Catholic family. After high school, Jackie moved to Milwaukee and proudly attended Cosmetology School. After graduating, she worked as a hairdresser for several years before marrying Robert Galecke in 1969. She then became an amazing mother to Beth, Tricia, and Amy. Several years later, John arrived to complete the family.

In the 1990s, Jackie worked at Jesuit High School in Dallas. This job was probably one of her favorites. She could act as a mother, mentor, disciplinarian, and friend to all in the community. Another highlight of Jackie's life was spending summers with friends and family in beautiful Door County, WI. In 1995 she purchased the Red Barn Cottages. She loved caring for her guests and built long time friendships over the 10 years of her business. Jackie also created their second home in Door County. She always welcomed visitors with her delicious food and, of course, a bourbon old fashion. Jackie loved her gardens, reminiscing with her loved ones, singing at the player piano, freshly pressed linens, baking her famous pies, and making French-Canadian tourtière and peanut brittle for Christmas. Still, most of all, Jackie loved doting on her grandchildren.

The Galecke family wants to thank with an enormous amount of gratitude Jackie’s caregivers, Virginia Kuria and Meggie Mwareka. They showed so much compassion and love to Jackie and her family. They were at Jackie’s side from February until her passing. They treated her as if she were their own mother and the family will remember their gentle care forever. The family is also incredibly grateful for all of the friends, family, and medical professionals who have been their support system and shown so much love and kindness.

Jackie is survived by her husband of 51 years, Bob, daughters Elizabeth, Tricia and Amy and John and Cristina Chen. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Sawyer, Andrew, Jacob, Sofia, Jonah, Maxwell and Charles. In addition, she is survived by two sisters, Jean Campbell and Emily Larson Schneider along with many nieces and nephews and their families. She is also survived by her beloved dog, Tyler.

Celebrations of her life will be planned in 2021, in Dallas and Door County. In honor of Jackie, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association (act.alz.org), Visiting Nurses Association Hospice (VNAtexas.org), American Heart Association (heart.org) or an organization of your choice.

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Trish Pierson

November 22, 2020

Bob and family,
I am so sorry for your loss, but from the great pictures and tributes to Jackie, she had a beautiful life lived to the fullest and filled with joy and love of family and friends! Now her gift to you is ALL these wonderful memories of a lifetime shared! Jackie was a wonderful, caring, and funny friend! She could always make me smile with that twinkle in her eyes, and that great smile! I missed her so much this past summer (2020). As beautiful of a place Door County is, for me it will never be the same without seeing her head pop out of the front door and the friendly voice saying, ‘Come here’. Jackie, may you rest in God’s love and peace!

Jonah Chen

November 13, 2020

I don't remember much of my grandmother. Then again I don't remember much in general. Yet she still has found a way to to the almost impossible. Leave an everlasting memory on me. That memory will always be her smile. Every time I think of her it will always be that iconic smile. I was so thankful to have her in my life. Not just me but my entire family in fact. I do not think my dad would be the good, kind, and selfless man I see every day without Mimi. Thank you. I will miss you.

Teresa Fream

November 13, 2020

I met Jackie when I stayed in the Red Barn Cottages while particpating in the Peninsula Music Festival in Door County. Jackie and I soon became friends and I stayed at the cottages every August until they were sold. Still, every August after that, we would get together as much as we could, to shop, go out to eat, or have a cocktail at Sister Bay Bowl or another Door County hangout. Jackie was such a vibrant, free spirit - funny, thoughful, spunky - she was an absolute joy for me to be around and I will miss her terribly. Love and condolences to Bob and the rest of her wonderful family, who have shown me great kindness over the years.

Sarah Williamson

November 13, 2020

Sending lots of love and hugs to family near and far! Aunt Jackie’s big heart and feisty personality were what I loved most about her and I hope to be half the woman she was! She always had a smile on her face and never failed to make me laugh! Miss you dearly and sending love to all the family ❤️

Andrew Chen

November 12, 2020

Jackie Galecke was my grandma; my mimi. She would always do her best to make sure that everyone was safe and happy in her home. What I will miss about her most of all is her snappy and witty attitude. For whatever smart-alec thing her grandkids would have to say she would always have something to shoot back with. She always kept us on our toes but most important of all she always loved us.

Ellie Burmesch

November 12, 2020

Aunt Jackie will be missed for her sassy attitude & sense of humor! She was such a good sport when I showed her what a Polish Magnet looked like.... She loved a good prank, even when it was pulled on her. 🤣
But seriously, sending love & support to all of you from Peter & I.

Patty Canterbury

November 7, 2020

Bob and family,
Joe and I were so sorry to hear of Jackie’s death. The world has lost a great character, and a happy go lucky spirit!
So sorry for your loss,
Patty and Joe Canterbury

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