Oct. 3, 1925–Feb. 13, 2013
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Born in Cleveland, Ohio to John W. Gloeckler, Sr. and Vera Solnok. Jackie graduated from West Tech High School in 1943. Soon after, she worked at the I-X Center, Cleveland airport, on B-29 bombers as a "Daisy the Drillpress Operator" for the WWII effort. She worked as a secretary and in office administration for awhile, moved to Florida to join her sister, then decided to go West to Montana. She met the love of her life, Donald R. Edens, at a street dance in Bozeman, and married at the Soldiers Chapel near Big Sky on Feb. 4, 1956. Jackie lived in the Gallatin Canyon for the rest of her life. She was employed by the Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Farmers Home Administration. In June 1974, Don passed. In January 1976, her niece, Kathy, came to Montana, and they had a lifetime of many wonderful adventures together.
Jackie was most widely known for her vibrant and independent spirit, her travels, and her love of the outdoors, including hunting, horseback riding, hiking, and rock collecting. She was an honorary lifelong member of the Bozeman Gem and Mineral Society, an active participant in the Mad Gals (Madison Valley Women's Club) and Sen. Neil Lynch's Bozeman Book Club, a supporter of the Pioneer Museum and the Gallatin Gateway School. Jackie had a deep love of all things Western and Native American. Jackie championed many causes, but her favorite, was to preserve the natural beauty and splendor of the country. In this spirit, she strongly opposed the construction of the unsightly power line up the Gallatin Canyon. Please remember her as you pass by it.
In eternal peace, she has joined her husband, Don; her parents; and her sister, Marjorie R. Schwehr. She is survived by her brother, John W. (Phyllis) Gloeckler, Jr. of North Olmsted; Don's daughter, Sandra Moore of Eugene, Ore.; her nieces and nephews: Dr. Kathleen A. Schwehr of Kemah, Texas; Nancy J. (Pete) Ferron of Blacklick, Ohio; Michael R. (Cindy) Schwehr of Alexandria, Va.; Veronica R. (Ed) Akers of Mentor, Ohio; Ann M. (Mike) Johnson of Wichita, Kan.; John W. (Cindy) Gloeckler III of N. Ridgeville, Ohio; Dawn M. (Pat) Gloeckler of Cleveland, Ohio; her great niece and four great nephews, her great-great nephew, and her many wonderful, supportive friends across the U.S. and in Mexico. A special thanks to her loving caregivers, Ed and Roni Akers.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Jackie's favorite charities: Paralyzed Veterans of America 1-800-424-8200; St. Labre Indian School 1-866-753-5496; or Mercy Home for Boys and Girls 1-877-637-2955. A celebration of life wake will be held for her this summer in Montana, to be announced at a later time.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Feb. 17, 2013