Jacqueline E. Tinsley

Dec. 2, 2012

Jacqueline E. Tinsley (known to family and friends as Jackie) passed away on Dec. 2, 2012 in Scarborough, Maine at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, having spent the day with all three of her children.

Born the daughter of Vasil Joseph and Mary Veronica (Perash) Delet-Kanic on Feb. 20, 1920, in "Bear Hollow" near Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Jackie grew up on a farm in a family with nine children. Her older brothers were Michael, John, Joseph and William (Bill). Her sisters were Gertrude Forred and Dorothy Maurer, and she had two younger (twin) brothers Lawrence (Larry) and Leonard. She was known as Betty Delet-Kanic in her childhood.

She graduated from Wilkes-Barre High School in 1936. Like so many of her contemporaries, she lived through the Great Depression of the 1930s, which made her a "saver" for the rest of her life. In 1939 she moved to New York City to find work and perhaps adventure and romance. She found all that and more, as what some call the "greatest generation" fought the Second World War.

During this time she met Warwick M. (Bill) Tinsley, whom she married in 1943. Bill was assigned to the battle ship USS Arkansas in the Atlantic and later to the cruiser USS Guam in the Pacific. Following the war they lived many places during Bill's career with the US Department of Agriculture in the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), with the last location being Orono, Maine where Bill directed all SCS activities in the state.

In 1979 upon Bill's retirement, he and Jackie moved to Cape Elizabeth, Maine, the place of Bill's family roots, where Jackie would live for the next 33 years. During these years they enjoyed family, gardening, community service and travel to many interesting destinations throughout the world.

Jackie lost Bill in 2004, after 61 years of marriage. She is survived by her son, Steven and daughter-in-law, Joan Tinsley, Orenburg Russia; her daughter, Dawn and son-in-law James Doherty, Chippenhook, Vt.; and her daughter, Deborah and son-in-law Greg Cross, Edinburg, Virginia.

Additionally, she is survived by 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Jacqueline's funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Sat., Dec. 8 from the Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home Inc., corner of routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek, with the Rev. Carol Folk, pastor of the Loyalville United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in the Kocher Cemetery, Ruggles. Friends may call from 10 until 11 a.m. prior to the service on Saturday. Online condolences can be made at clswansonfuneralhome.com.

Published in Times Leader from Dec. 5 to Dec. 6, 2012