Jacqueline Sue Coppola

05/15/1957 - 06/25/2014 Obituary
Jacqueline Sue Coppola Obituary
Jackie was born in Port Hueneme, California on May 15, 1957 soon after her family moved from Oklahoma. Growing up and living in a beach community remained a life-long love of hers. She attended Hueneme High School and even then was highly motivated concurrently completing a certified nurses aide program. This led to a passion for nursing subsequently receiving an RN degree from California Hospital School of Nursing in 1978. She focused in pediatric nursing at Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC); primarily caring for children with Cystic Fibrosis.
In 1982, she met then orthopedic resident Dr. Alfred Coppola at CHOC. Al left for Bakersfield to start his practice in 1983 and successfully wooed her to make the move soon after. They married in 1987. During that time she received her B.A. in Primary Education from CSUB and was a substitute teacher for several years. They have been married for 27 glorious years and have 3 loving children: Roger, Chelsea and Michael.
Jackie was actively involved in multiple parent support groups and organized multiple fund-raising events at Heritage Academy and Garces Memorial High School. At Garces she served as Parent Club President (05-06), chaired the Garces Gala for two years, and was even Gala casual night co-chairperson while on chemotherapy in 2012. At Heritage Academy she also served as PSG President and chaired the "That's Amore" fund-raisers for several years.
Her personal interests include painting and mosaic artwork, jamming out to the likes of Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, and the Rolling Stones, traveling, and spending time with her family at Butterfly Beach in Santa Barbara.
Her true passion for life was demonstrated through her loving devotion to her best friend and husband, Al and through the unconditional mentorship and support of her children. Her greatest self-accomplishment was successfully raising her three children to be as free-spirited, jovial, and full of life as she was.
She maintained a most incredible outlook during her arduous three-year struggle with breast cancer. Well known at CBCC as the center's "Angel", she often brought flowers and cupcakes to patients and staff and constantly maintained her trademark infectious laugh and accompanying smile. She approached her disease with grace and truly lived up to her mantra, "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning how to dance in the rain."
The family would like to especially thank her physicians including Drs. Kurt Findberg, Madan Mukhopadhyay, Francesca Hoehne, Alan Cartmell, and Kam Iyer as well as and the incredible staff at CBCC especially her infusion nurse Sharon, and medical assistant June.
Also, special thanks to Colleen, Susan, and Karen that with Jackie make up the "fearsome foursome", her longtime friend Dorothy McClure, and Msg. Craig.
Msg. Craig gave daily spiritual guidance and emotional support greatly helping bolster her incredible positive outlook.
The services will be held at St. Francis Church. A viewing will be held on Monday the 30th at 5pm with Rosary to follow at 6pm. Tuesdays service is at 10:00am with reception in the adjacent Parrish Hall to follow.
In lieu of flowers Jackie requested donations be made to St. Francis Parish's Childrens Cancer Fund or Homeless Shelter.
Published in Bakersfield Californian from June 27 to June 29, 2014
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