Jacqueline Marie (Vespa) Carmicheal, 60, of Ellington, passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014, surrounded by her loving and devoted family.
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She was born in Hartford, a daughter of the late Nicholas and Evalee (Taylor) Vespa. A graduate of East Hartford High School, Jacky worked as a court stenographer for the Ohio family court system early in life prior to returning to Connecticut and working as a secretary at Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, where she met her future husband, Ray. However, Jacky was first and foremost a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and sister, a cherished homemaker who will be sadly missed by all who knew her. She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Vernon. Jacky was devoted to her family, proud of her sons, and loved her granddaughters. She had a bright and positive outlook on life, was outgoing and involved, and was always smiling. She enjoyed the beach and watching the sun rise and set on the beaches in Ogunquit, Maine. Her dream was to live in a cottage on a cliff overlooking the ocean. Jacky enjoyed knitting blankets and sweaters for her grandchildren and was an avid reader.
She is survived by her beloved husband, Ray W. Carmicheal; three sons, Tom and Jared of Ellington, and Jesse of Vernon; her daughter-in-law, Alexis; her brother, John Vespa, and his wife, Louisa, of New Britain; her treasured granddaughters, Josephine and Evalee Carmicheal; her nephew, Brian Ehlen; her niece, Amelia (Vespa) DiPrete and husband, Kevin, and their daughter, Kayla. Jacky was predeceased by her sister, Cinda Ehlen; and sister-in-law and dear friend since high school, Lynne Vespa.
Funeral services will be Monday, March 24, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Newkirk & Whitney Funeral Home, 318 Burnside Ave., East Hartford. Visiting hours at the funeral home will be Sunday, March 23, from 3 to 6 p.m. and Monday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be private.
Jacky was a two-time breast cancer survivor and therefore memorial contributions may be made to the Connecticut Affiliate of
, 74 Batterson Park Road, Farmington, CT 06032.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Mar. 19 to Mar. 23, 2014