Jacquelyn (Jackie) Jennings Ducharme of 745 Hayford Road, Champlain, New York passed away peacefully in her sleep early Friday morning, May 14, 2021. She was 87 years old. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Joseph Ducharme who she married on August 7, 1954. Jacquelyn and George were married for 51 years. Jacquelyn is survived by her four children, Lee and his wife Jan of Nashville Tennessee, Cheryl and her husband Richard Lebel of Springfield Virginia, Darryl and his wife Debbie of Williston Vermont, and Lisa and her husband Sam Mankaryos of Cornelius North Carolina and six grandchildren, Anthony, Devin, Amanda, Mike, Katie, and Logan. She also leaves behind her trusted friend, buddy and beloved bulldog, Sir Winston, who loved her dearly.
Jacquelyn was born on July 4, 1933 in Niagara Falls, New York, the daughter of Wilbur and Catherine Jennings. Her father worked in the United States Immigration Service and he moved the family to Rouses Point in October 1943. Jacquelyn attended St. Patrick’s School and graduated from Rouses Point Public High School in 1951. In high school, Jacquelyn played girls basketball, was a member of the library club, pep club, science club and a cheerleader. Jacquelyn was a life-long learner and returned to school completing an Associates Degree from Clinton Community College in 1988 and went on to graduate from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh earning a BS degree in Business Management in 1992. She often joked she was the oldest graduate in her class at the age of 58.
Jacquelyn had an entrepreneurial spirit and ran several different businesses over the course of her life. She owned and operated an upholstery business, made, and sold leather products, and supported her husband with his Plumbing & Heating business. In the 1970’s, Jacquelyn worked as a teacher’s aide at Northeastern Clinton Central School, while also working as a librarian at Rouses Point Dodge Memorial Library, and later as a secretary and bookkeeper at St. Patrick’s parish. Jacquelyn also served as tax collector for the school district. In 1980, Jacquelyn returned to work at Ayerst where she worked until retiring in October 1997. She loved challenges and was never afraid to try something new. She was successful throughout her life across many endeavors and often imparted this knowledge to her children and many in our community.
Jacquelyn remained active in the community through her membership in the Plattsburgh Women’s Business and Professional Association, the Ayerst Women’s Golf League, the Rouses Point and Champlain Historical Society and the Kent DeLord Museum. Jacquelyn was locally famous for hosting tea parties and later in life began painting in water colors as a fun pastime.
Jacquelyn often said her greatest accomplishment was raising four successful children and helping raise six grandchildren. She called them her “footprints in the sand”.
The viewing for Jacquelyn will be held at her home at 745 Hayford Road, Champlain, New York, on Tuesday, May 25th from 4PM - 7PM. Funeral services will be held at St. Patrick’s Church in Rouses Point on Wednesday, May 26th at 11:00 AM, followed by interment at St. Patrick’s cemetery. A celebration of Jacquelyn’s life will be held following the interment on Wednesday, May 26th at the Rouses Point American Legion beginning at 12:30 PM. Donations can be made in memory of Jacquelyn Ann (Jennings) Ducharme to the American Heart Association or the National Kidney Foundation in lieu of flowers.
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