Irene Jacqueline (Jackie) DeGroodt(1931 - 2013)

Irene Jacqueline (Jackie) DeGroodt
May 14, 1931 - June 26, 2013
Resident of Martinez
Jackie passed away peacefully in her Martinez home surrounded by her loving husband and daughters.
Jackie was born to Rachel Boardman and Jack Salisbury. She graduated from Sutter High School in 1949. Jackie married Milton DeGroodt on January 26, 1951. In 1955 the family moved to Myrtle Creek, Oregon. While in Oregon Jackie was active in the Methodist Church and started a kindergarten program. After substitute teaching for many years she returned to college and in June 1970 she graduated from Southern Oregon College. In 1972 the family moved to Martinez. She taught for Mt. Diablo Unified School District at Bel Air Elementary for 21 years. She was known for the plays her first grade class put on each school year. Jackie was very active in the Concord United Methodist Church. She was past President of United Methodist Women and participated on many committees. She was active in California Retired Teachers Association and was President for two years. Jackie loved line dancing and performing in shows.
Jackie is survived by her husband, Milton DeGroodt, her daughters, Shelly Langston (EZ), Sharon Reposa, Janet Kemp, Jill Villa (Art) and her sister, Grace Heffner (George), 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 13 at 1:00pm at Concord United Methodist Church,1645 West Street. If you choose to make a donation in her name, Hospice of the East Bay or are recommended.

Published in Contra Costa Times on July 7, 2013