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1931 - 2016

SISTER BARBARA ANN JAKSCHIK, SAC, a member of the Pallottine Missionary Sisters, died on November 1, 2016, after a long illness, at St. Mary's Convent Infirmary in Huntington, W.Va., at the age of 85. She was born to Vincenz and Marian Krzanowski Jakschik in Lipine, Poland, on September 12, 1931, the third of four daughters. She is survived by two sisters, Maria Jakschik of Maintal-Doernigheim, Germany, and Ann Albano of Monza, Italy, and two nieces in Munich, Germany. In addition to her parents, Sister was preceded in death by her sister, Helen von Munchhofen. Sister Barbara entered the Pallottine Missionary Sisters on September 4, 1953, in Limburg, Lahn, Germany. She made her first profession on August 15, 1956, in Limburg. After profession she worked in a hospital in Hadamar, Germany, before being transferred to the United States in November 1958. She obtained her BS in Pharmacy in 1963 and her MS in Hospital Pharmacy in 1966, both from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa. She was Director of St. Mary's Hospital Pharmacy in Huntington from 1966-1970 when she went to St. Louis, Mo., where she obtained her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Washington University in 1974. She remained at Washington University as a Post-Doctoral student and then as an Associate Professor at the School of Medicine where she both taught and did pharmacological research until 1992. Then she took a sabbatical year in Silver Springs, Md., where she obtained a certificate in Theological Studies at the Washington Theological Union. After completing her studies she returned to St. Mary's Medical Center, where she served as Director of Mission Integration from 1993-98. During her time there she initiated a Mission-oriented Leadership Development Program for the management staff and assisted in creation of a pictorial history of St. Mary's Medical Center and of the Pallottine Missionary Sisters and their international presence in the world, which is still on display at the Medical Center. In 1998, during the General Chapter of the Pallottine Missionary Sisters in Rome, Italy, she was elected to the General Council of the Congregation. In that capacity she traveled to many of the Pallottine Missions throughout the world. She remained in that position until in 2004 when she returned to the United States. She then served on the Provincial Council, the Board of Pallottine Health Services and as Director of On-Going Formation for the Province until she was forced to retire due to ill health in 2011. Visitation will be at St. Mary's Medical Center Main Chapel from 4 to 7 p.m. followed by a Wake service on Friday, November 4, 2016. The Mass of Resurrection will be on Saturday, November 5, 2016, at St. Mary's Main Hospital Chapel at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, a memorial gift may be made to the . Reger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Herald-Dispatch on Nov. 3, 2016
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