Jacqueline M. Chiricos
March 5, 1922 – March 3, 2019
Jacqueline (Jackie) Marie Chiricos passed away at home on March 3, 2019. She was born in Sydney, Australia on March 5, 1922 to John Ryan and Beatrice O’Neill Ryan. Shortly after her birth, the family moved back to New York City where Jackie spent her childhood.
Jackie married the love of her life, Theodore George Chiricos, in 1940. They enjoyed a loving 56- year marriage, traveling the country after Ted’s retirement.
Jackie was an accomplished artist and seamstress. She enjoyed quilting, knitting, and crafting – often starting a new project after everyone went to bed. She loved to golf and has the distinguished honor of being the only member of the family who made a hole-in-one! She could play cards for hours – especially bridge and gin rummy. Until she was no longer able to drive at the age of 92, Jackie was very involved with Good Shepherd Catholic Church and especially enjoyed the Young at Heart group and Friendship Circle.
Jackie embraced everything about motherhood and family, proudly referring to herself as a “Domestic Engineer.” She especially loved her role as nana and great grandma. She loved holidays and enjoyed any chance to spend time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband Theodore Chiricos. She is survived by her four children, Theodore Chiricos (Glenda Rabby); Kathy Sherman; Christine Chiricos (Bruce Ballister) all of Tallahassee; and Bill Chiricos (Kimberly) of Afton, VA; seven grandchildren, Justin Chiricos (Jessica Brewster); Topher Sherman; Sarah Mullane; and Kendra Adams (Charlie) all of Tallahassee; Richard Morelle (Brooke Cole) of Richmond, VA; Coral Clark (Greg) of Bayville, NJ; and Liz Bowyer (Daniel Cruise) of New York City; and 10 great grandchildren, Connor, Layla, and Lillie Adams, Brandon Mullane, and Sophie Chiricos all of Tallahassee; Henry, Sam, and Ben Cruise of New York City; and Grayson and Rowan Clark of Bayville, NJ.
We want to thank Lisa Clark and Sandy Anderson with Visiting Angels, and Darlene Blain for the loving care they provided to our Mom. Words cannot express the appreciation we have for the wonderful Hospice staff who provided comfort for Mom at home – with special thanks to our amazing nurse, Sally Smith, and the wonderful music and art therapists Emma, Caitlyn, and Annie.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11am on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 4665 Thomasville Rd. The interment will follow at Culley’s MeadowWood Memorial Park.
- Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, March 9, 2019
- Interment Saturday, March 9, 2019
Jacqueline M. Chiricos
March 9, 2019
When someone I’ve known and cared about for a very long time passes away, I best survive in private by conjuring up memories of the person, and by extension, with those of their family. And it’s happening right now, the replay of shared experiences, most endearing, others vague but with bright feelings, and some a little bizarre. Teddy, with a misplaced basketball move, snapping the oil burner fuel line to the furnace, and Billy at Cub Scout events. Early Kathy and Christine visions are harder to come by, we didn’t have many years of overlap. But I was kept up to date by my mother or later by Karen, so I feel I still know you even if unseen for nearly 50 years.
And Mr. Chiricos is present too, loud and clear, talking to my father in the front room of our house, sitting on the green couch on a Saturday night with Jackie, Jeanne and Johnny. There was a side table nearby for the drink glasses and snacks. I would always snag a few before “company” arrived. Then the day of the big news, I remember my mother was sad. They were moving. Where to? Louisiana??
Now, with the stage set, appears the main character in my memory, in full color and with audio at this bittersweet moment in time. I ever so clearly can hear her voice and laugh, see her understanding smile, and her pleasant greeting “hello dear”. I always felt she would lend me a kind ear if it was necessary to smooth over some bad business with my parents. This burnt-in memory is what I have, and it won’t fade for a long time I hope. But to help me along I have one request. Just before this upcoming Christmas, would one of you please, if only once, send me a Christmas card. It will be sad to have the season pass without kind thoughts written in a holiday card signed Jackie Chiricos.
Love to all.