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Jackie Ettinger

  • "Dear Mom, I think of you every day and I look at your..."
    - Cindy Palermo
  • "Dear Lenny, Cindy and Family, Jackie was a woman who gave..."
    - Marlene Lieberman
  • "Lenny & Cindy: We are devastated to lose one of our three..."
  • "Dear Lenny and family, We are so sad to hear of Jackie's..."
    - Beth and Jerry Shook

ETTINGER, JACKIE, 77, of West Palm Beach, FL passed away Nov. 22, 2013, at her residence. She was born Nov. 14, 1936, in Harrodsburg, KY. Jackie was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who loved her family dearly, and enjoyed time with family and friends. She is cherished and will be greatly missed by all. Survivors include her best friend and devoted husband, Lenny; daughters, Cindy Palermo and Trudi Renfrow Sato; sister, Ruby VanDiver; brother-in-law, Phillip (Bobbie); step-daughters, Susan Musolf (Rich) and Judy Noble; grandchildren, Tiffany (Greg), Christopher (Katelin), Jennifer, Kristin (Phillip), John Jr., Missy (Kurt), Scott (Andrea), Amanda (Dan), Leanne (Brad), Jeff (DeAnna) and Greg (Gigi); 19 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ruth & Keane Hawkins; brother, Howard W. Hawkins; step-son, John Ettinger and niece, Sandy Hawkins. Mrs. Ettinger owned two nursing homes in Ohio purchased from her mother and was active in the profession since 1960. She served as President of the Dayton Area Nursing Home Assn. 1970-1975, and on the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Health Care Assn. 1972-1982. Jackie was Regional Administrator for Volunteers of America Health Facilities and Administrator of Kettering Convalescent Center, a 168 bed skilled nursing facility that received the Buckeye Award in 1978. During her tenure with VOA, she assisted in the building and opening of two nursing homes. Jackie was involved for many years with the American Health Care Assn. serving on numerous committees throughout her career. She was the regional chair for ICF/MR's, skilled nursing, ALF committee and served on the Long Term Care Advisory board, Medicare Advisory Board and Ohio Medicaid Reimbursement Committee. She was appointed by a United States president to serve on a federal health care committee. Ohio Governor Gilligan appointed Jackie to the Ohio Comprehensive Health Planning Advisory Council 1973-1975. In 1981, Jackie married Lenny and moved to Miami where she was administrator of several facilities until her retirement. She opened up Susanna Wesley Health Center in Hialeah in 1985 and served as first administrator. Following retirement Jackie and Lenny established a portable x-ray company in Miami. She had numerous successful philanthropic endeavors benefitting Shriners Hospitals for Children. In 1992, she was 1st Lady of Mahi Temple. 1999-2000 President, IHAM Ladies of the Shrine. She was a lifetime member of Daughters of the Nile, Nahum Temple #75 Miami. Jackie also served on the Aldersgate Board of Directors in Hialeah. In honor of her continuous years of service to the elder community Jackie was recognized with The Family of Epworth Village and Susanna Wesley Award October 2012. Visitation is 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, at Fred Hunter's Funeral Home, 6301 Taft St., Hollywood. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, also at the funeral home. Interment will be on Dec. 4, at the Spring Hill Cemetery in Harrodsburg, KY. Contributions in memory of Jackie Ettinger can be directed to: Mahi Shrine Transportation Fund 1480 NW North River Drive, Miami, FL 33125; Daughters of the Nile Convalescent Relief Fund 6181 SW 109th Court, Miami, FL 33173; or Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407. Please visit to send a condolence message to the family.

Published in Miami Herald on Nov. 27, 2013
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