Jacqueline Do

Served Washington Township

Jacqueline DoCQ of Washington Township, who oversaw the municipality's finances for four decades, died Wednesday. She was 83.

The cause was cancer, a daughter, Doreen Wilding, said.

Mrs. Do was Washington Township's longest-tenured employee when she retired in October as finance director, chief financial officer and treasurer. She began her career in 1962 as part-time Planning Board secretary and was a Planning Board member at her retirement.

Mayor Janet Sobkowicz said Mrs. Do's proactive approach paid myriad dividends, including an excellent township bond rating. The mayor added that Mrs. Do, a resident since the 1950s, was a mainstay at community events such as parades.

The former Jacqueline LiGregni, a Lodi native, learned to love working with numbers while keeping the books for her father's carpentry business, her daughter said.

She received a bachelor of business administration degree from Pace University.

She was past president of the Tax Collectors & Treasurers Association of New Jersey and, according to membership services director Jeanne Decker, mentored many municipal finance officers in the state. Mrs. Do was one of only four people whom the association had granted emeritus status since its inception in 1938.

If not for her health troubles, Mrs. Do probably would have kept on in the job, her daughter said.

At the end of her tenure, Mrs. Do came to township meetings with portable oxygen.

"The job gave her a purpose, and she just enjoyed being active and serving other people," Wilding said. "She always wanted to keep her mind active, and that's why she never wanted to retire."

Mrs. Do is survived by her daughters, Doris Strock of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Doreen Wilding of Constantia, N.Y.; a brother, Anthony LiGregni of Washington Township, and three grandchildren. Her husband, Louis E. Do Jr., died in 2007.

The funeral Mass will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church, Washington Township. Entombment will be in Garden of Memories Mausoleum, Paramus.

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Published in The Record on Jan. 18, 2013