Jackie Krogmeier of rural Holyoke died Friday, November 22, 2019 at the Sedgwick County Nursing Home at the age of 89.
She was born July 3, 1930 in St. Joseph, Missouri, the youngest of seven children from Ernest Alvador and Eleise Rosita (Heyde) Hodgden. Her family lovingly referred to her as a “fire cracker that came early”.
Jackie was baptized and confirmed in the faith at St. James Catholic Church in St. Joseph, where she also attended grade school. She graduated from the Convent of the Sacred Heart High School in 1948 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Sister’s Hospital Nursing School, working at the hospital after graduation. It was there that she met Vincent Krogmeier while his brother Phillip was a patient under her care. Vincent said he “fell in love at first sight” and they began a whirlwind romance marrying on May 5, 1958 at the Cathedral in St. Joseph.
They spent their first year in Holyoke, moved to Amherst the next year and lived there until 1977 when they moved to a farm northeast of Holyoke where Jackie lived for the rest of her life. Jackie and Vincent were married for 52 years before his death in June 2010. To this union were born six children: James Vincent, Janet Marie, Paul Bernard, Judith Marie, Ernest Matthew, and Joseph Leo.
Jackie was a champion of the outcast and the powerless, especially the unborn and the immigrant, and she gave of her time and treasure to advocate on their behalf. She took great comfort in receiving the Holy Eucharist, praying the Rosary and attending Mass. When she was no longer able to leave her home, she loved to watch the Mass on EWTN. She shared her love of the Catholic faith with her family and the students she taught in catechism classes for many years. The value of “offering up” pain or struggles was a lesson she taught by her words and by her own faithful example. Jackie loved to play and “win” at cards. She had a wonderful sense of humor and would often say, “You might as well laugh as cry,” and “Do you feel somethin’ slippin’?”
Jackie was preceded in death by her husband Vincent; her parents Ernest and Eleise; sisters Ernestine, Dorothea, Nell, and Rachel, and brother Thomas. She is survived by her sister Anna; children Jim – wife Julie and children Claudia, Paul, Jacqueline, and Timothy; Janet – husband Patrick and children Sarah (husband Carl and children Annaliese, Isabel, Heidi, Lydia, and Ava), Jeanie (husband Matt and children Honoria, Mitchell, Amaryse, and Pressley), Andrew (wife Jessica), Edward (wife Nicolle and children Landon, Lily, Vincent, and Olivia), and Nicholas; Paul – wife Laura and children Karen (husband Kirtlan and children KJ, Vincent, and Lauren), Diana (husband Justin and children Isaac and Siena), Philip (wife Victoria and children Athena, Artemis, and Wodan), and Teresa (husband Luke and son John Paul); Judy – husband Paul and children Elizabeth (husband Kash), Vincent, Benjamin, and Jacob; Ernie – wife Stephanie and children Amy, Ryan, Emily, and Elise; and Joe – children Dominic and Luke; and many more nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial was held November 27, 2019 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Holyoke with Rev. Jerry Rohr presiding. Interment was at the Holyoke Cemetery. Services were provided by Baucke Funeral Home of Holyoke. Memorial contributions may be made to the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), A Caring Pregnancy Resource Center of Northeast Colorado, or to the Samaritan House Homeless Shelter in Denver.
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