November 29, 1945 - December 14, 2016. Jackie Kroll Reine passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 14, 2016 after a brave, three year battle with cancer. She passed away in the comfort of her home while surrounded by the love and support of her family and friends. A special thank you goes out to all the family and friends that helped in her final days. Jackie maintained an endless faith in God, which provided her with inspiring strength and grace in the face of illness. Jackie was born in Louisville, Mississippi, but lived in Baton Rouge her whole life. Jackie graduated from Redemptorist High School, then earned a Bachelor's and Master's Degree from Louisiana State University, then earned several certifications in Special Education. After college, she became a special education school teacher. She conveyed unyielding dedication to the students she taught for over forty years. She spent over twenty years teaching for the Catholic School System at St. Agnes, with her last five years as principal. She then spent over twenty years teaching in the East Baton Rouge School System where she retired. Teaching Special Ed was her true passion and she was a true servant leader. She loved her students and coworkers dearly. She was always kind and always listening. She provided constant support to colleagues, students, family, and friends. She never has a disparaging word for or about anyone. Family was also very important to Jackie. We like to consider her a great unifier. Spending time in the kitchen, having a cup of Community Coffee with her family and friends, was her favorite place to be. In recent years, she picked up quilting. She found a great group of friends that she enjoyed quilting with every week. She cherished them dearly. Jackie is survived by her husband Darrell Reine of thirty-four years, son Benjamin Joel Reine, daughter Jennifer Reine Baker, son-in-law Mark Baker, sister-in-law Penny Gaspard Kroll, and niece (also godchild) Erin Kroll Lightheart, and other numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her brother Michael Kroll, her mother Virginia Kroll, and father Max Kroll. There will be a wake and visitation services held at Rabenhorst Funeral Home on Florida Blvd on Sunday, December 18, 2016, from 5pm until 9pm. There will be a mass held at St. Thomas More Church on Monday at 11am, with visitation at 9:30am. Interment will follow at Resthaven Gardens of Memory. All family and friends are welcome to attend.
Published by The Advocate from Dec. 15 to Dec. 19, 2016.