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My favorite memory of Gwen was at Thanksgiving while we lived in Kansas. Gwen and Dick joined Wendy at our house for Thanksgiving. I had heard Gwen was a great cook so you can imagine my nerves! I made a pecan pie with my secret ingredient hoping it met Gwen's own pie as she told me that she makes the best pecan pie. Well after she took a bite I watched her face hoping it met her approval. What a great honor for her to say that my pie was the best she has ever had. Even better than her own! She asked me for the recipe. I told her it was the tried and true Ann Landers recipe with one secret ingredient. We bantered about whether I would give the ingredient to her. As you all know her wit, charm and humor, how could I say no! I will miss her great humor and wit. I will cherish some keepsakes from her and remember her every time I see them. Rest In Peace and my sincere condolences to the family. She was a very special lady.
My sincere sympathy for the passing of your beloved Mother, Grandmother and Great-grandmother. My heart aches for you and your family. I am thanking God…. for allowing you to have your Mother for 101 wonderful years. For her mind being so sharp. And for you being able to spend the past nine years together. I am thankful I was able to have known your wonderful and kind Mother too. Wendy, what wonderful stories you have collected over these nine years together. I love how on your birthday your Mother shared everything that happened that day in Circleville, OH. She even won 5 cents from a lady when she said she was having a girl and delivered. I love her stories of summers on her grandmother’s farm in the back hills of West Virginia. I remember at Britt college graduation luncheon party sitting with your Dad and Mom. Your Dad shared many of his track and field stories from Cleveland, OH. My favorite stories were about racing with Jesse Owens. They both shared about their travels and your Dad’s career taking them to Chile and Mexico. I am sure you have been writing all these special stories down and I am looking forward to you publishing your book of memories. Both your Mom and Dad made everyone feel special and welcome. They both were full of goodness, goodwill, warm-heartedness and love. Your dear Mother was such a beautiful soul. The world has lost a wonderful person. I know you will hold onto the memories and the lessons she has taught you. Your Mother was so good to everyone who knew her. EVERYONE! She touched so many lives. May her spirit continue to live through you and your family. May you take comfort in all your loving memories of her life.
Gwen Dawn Jacek
Gwen Dawn Harper Jacek, in her 102nd year of life, formerly of Cleveland, Ohio and Hendersonville, North Carolina passed away May 6, 2022, at The Retreat at Osprey Village on Amelia Island, Florida.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, she was the only child of Hobart Harper (Harper Ferry founding descendant) and Beatrice Williams (Lusitania survivor). She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and was a graduate of East High School. Shortly after graduating, she began working on a line in a GE lamp plant where she met her husband of 69 years, Richard (Dick) Jacek. They traveled the world and moved for his career to Chile and Mexico, finally retiring to Hendersonville, NC where they lived for close to 40 years. In 2013, they moved to Amelia Island to be near their daughter.
Everywhere they lived, they enjoyed being with family, and friends that became family, and stayed forever young at heart in their approach to life. Richard passed away 7 years ago at the age of 99.
Known for her boundless love for her family, quick wit, humor, lively conversation, and her passion for jewelry and shoes. She will be deeply missed by her family, Richard A Jacek and his wife Lori, The Villages, FL; Wendy Jacek Langley and her husband Gil, Fernandina Beach, FL; three grandchildren, Julie Jacek Bookmiller and husband Ian, Richard Andrew Jacek and finance’ Heather, Brittany Hill Aron and husband Nate, and a great granddaughter Arya Bookmiller.
The family thanks everyone that touched her life, you all meant so much to her. In her final 2 years at The Retreat at Osprey Village, she received much love that was truly appreciated.
A private family memorial will be held. In lieu of flowers or contributions, please share your favorite Gwen and/or Dick memory on a card to the family member you know. They will be read when both Gwen and Dick’s ashes are spread together.