Nancy H. Jaekels (Nee Hirschboeck) entered into the fullness of eternal life on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 at the age of 77. She was a resident of Elkhart Lake, Wis. and Boca Grande, and former resident of Fox Point.
She was the loving wife of Michael T. Jaekels M. D., devoted mother of Chris (Jean) Jaekels, Ted Jaekels, Mia Jaekels Vlaar, Andy Jaekels, and Julie (John) Best. She was the caring grandmother of John and Elizabeth Jaekels; Madeleine, Michael and Dodie Jaekels; and Ryan, Tessa, Julia, and Luke Vlaar. Dear sister of Catherine “Kitty” Paluczak. She was further survived by other relatives and many wonderful friends.
Nancy was a graduate of St. Monica’s Grade School, Milwaukee Downer Seminary, and the School of Physical Therapy at Marquette University. She later studied art at Studio San Damiano under Sister Tomasita Fessler at Cardinal Stritch University. She was a faithful volunteer singing in the St. Eugene Choir and lecturing in Elkhart Lake at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and in Boca Grande at Our Lady of Mercy Parish.
Nancy had a true passion for art, sharing her talents with the students at St. Eugene Grade School as a teacher for 10 years. Among her many artworks are renditions of rural Elkhart Lake landscapes and landmarks that adorn many homes. Throughout the years she was commissioned by individuals to reproduce their homes on canvas.
She was for many years a member of the Studio 6 Art Collective in Cedarburg. She was a docent at the Milwaukee Art Museum and a member of Boca Grande Historical Society and Boca Grande Woman’s Club. Nancy was a founding member of Vagabond Ski Club and member of other ski clubs throughout her life and became the family ski instructor, inspiring her children to take up skiing.
Nancy was the crew and her husband, Michael, was the captain as they enjoyed many sunsets sailing together ... much as they sailed together through life.
Their journeys lead them to Boca Grande, where Nancy and Michael enjoyed wonderful friendships inspiring fond reminiscences of friends and family.
She adored nature and would enjoy relaxing walks along the beaches in Florida and Elkhart Lake. Throughout her life Nancy embraced every moment, remaining grateful for the gifts God extended to her.
She was able to capture the beauty of God in what was around her, and she embraced God in her artwork, her church involvement, volunteering and by loving those she met along the way. Throughout her life her greatest treasures remained her family and her faith.
She will be deeply missed but will live on in the many memories she has created.
Nancy, may you find only peace and joy as you sail out into the sunset and beyond with our loving God.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Eugene Catholic Church in Fox Point on Friday, Oct. 11 at 11 a.m. with interment to follow at Resurrection Cemetery.
In loving memory of Nancy, donations may be made to Herbert C. Hirschboeck Fund, c/o Marquette University Law School, P.O. Box 1881, Milwaukee, Wis. 53201 (muconnect.marquette.edu/SSLPage.aspx?pid=191) or St Eugene Parish, 7600 N. Port Washington Rd., Fox Point, WI 53217 or Horizon Home Care & Hospice, Lawlis Family Hospice, P.O. Box 88828,
Milwaukee, WI 53288-0828 (horizonhch.com/donate/).
Notes of condolence for the family may be sent to feerickfuneralhome.com
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