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Jacqueline Edith Fritschle, 80, of Appleton, Wisconsin, died peacefully after a long illness on November 20, 2012. Her warm smile and easy sense of humor are very much missed. A Missouri native, Jacqueline "Jackie" graduated from Kirkwood High School in St. Louis and earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Nursing from Washington University. Throughout her career as a R.N., she worked in surgery and emergency care, as a college instructor and school nurse, and in public health. Her fondest years in nursing were with the San Bernardino County Public Health Department in California where she served teen mothers. After completing her degrees in Nursing and as a lifelong United Methodist, Jackie chose to add to her education and personal enrichment by pursuing a second graduate degree, a Master's of Divinity, from Garrett Theological Seminary at Northwestern University in Illinois. There she met her husband, Ernest Fritschle, and the two were wed in the chapel at Garrett. This began the start of her other "career", that as the wife of a United Methodist minister, first in Wisconsin, then in Arizona and California. Although shy by nature, Jackie nonetheless served her church families admirably, ready to accept everyone with a warm smile. She especially found great joy in the hymns and music of the church, particularly at the Victorville United Methodist Church in Victorville, California, of which she was a member for more than 25 years, and at Christ United Methodist Church in Tucson, Arizona. Jackie loved the desert and spent most of her adult life in the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts. A lifelong learner and explorer, she also loved science, particularly archaeology and geology, and to travel. She travelled to five continents throughout her lifetime: exploring Mexico, much of Europe, Israel, Egypt, India, Russia, the Caribbean, Australia, and New Zealand. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, two children: Joy and Philip, three step-children whom she loved as her own: Ruth, Mary, and Daniel, fourteen grandchildren, and sixteen great grandchildren, all of whom she loved deeply.
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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Nov. 25, 2012