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Obituary for Jacqueline D. “Jackie” Henry

Jacqueline “Jackie” Dawn Henry passed away at home on February 2nd after a long battle with cancer. She was beloved by her family and friends as a strong woman with a warm heart, an adventurous spirit, and a sharp wit. A lifelong learner, Jackie received her bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College and her Master’s in Library and Information Science (it is too a science!) from St. Catherine University. She also spent a semester student teaching in India and studied for two summers at the International Summer School in Oslo, Norway. Jackie’s passion was people research and she pursued it […]

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Jacqueline “Jackie” Dawn Henry passed away at home on February 2nd after a long battle with cancer.

She was beloved by her family and friends as a strong woman with a warm heart, an adventurous spirit, and a sharp wit. A lifelong learner, Jackie received her bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College and her Master’s in Library and Information Science (it is too a science!) from St. Catherine University. She also spent a semester student teaching in India and studied for two summers at the International Summer School in Oslo, Norway.

Jackie’s passion was people research and she pursued it in both her work and her hobby as the family history expert. Equally at home doing digital detective work or paging through dusty archives, she found joy in serving others as well as feeding her own interest in her Scandinavian heritage. She found her dream job as Administrative Director of the Norwegian-American Historical Association, where she spent five years before retiring in 2015. Jackie also loved to travel and had many adventures with her husband Bob, visiting all 50 states along with Norway, France, Italy, the UK, and Australia. She lived life to the fullest up to the very end, taking her last trip to Maui in December 2018.

Jackie was born at Northfield Hospital in Northfield, MN on February 13, 1960 to Floyd and Janice (Paulson) Henry. She grew up in Farmington, MN and has made her home in Northfield since 1985.

She is survived by her husband of 12 years, Robert Hickcox; her parents; sisters Debbie Diskerud (Tim) and Beth Schneider (Bernie); daughter Gretta Henry-Moreland (Ben Calladine); son Ben Henry-Moreland (Katherine); stepdaughter Jodee Nichols (Artie); stepson Jase Hickcox (Jennifer); and four grandchildren. She loved her family and was the best mom and grandma ever!

A celebration of Jackie’s life will be held on February 10, 2019, at 2pm in the Sun Ballroom in St. Olaf College’s Buntrock Commons in Northfield. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Norwegian American Historical Association or the Northfield Arts Guild. Special thanks to Jackie’s doctors and nurses at Mayo Clinic and Northfield Hospital, the staff of the Cancer Care & Infusion Center, the staff of Mayo Clinic Radiation Therapy, and Northfield Hospice for their expert and loving care of Jackie during the past three years.

Arrangements are with Bierman Funeral Home & Crematory, www.biermanfuneralhome.com

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4 Comments

  1. Marlene M Frank

    Janice, Floyd, and family,

    Beyond sad to hear about Jackie. She truly made her mark and was able to get in many adventures. Her accomplishments certainly were admirable. A life well lived, but a hole in the hearts of her family. Our sincerest sympathy, John and Marlene Frank

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  2. Lisa Wicktor Johnson

    Jackie’s warm smile will always be remembered. My prayers are with all of you.

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  3. Mike Nordine

    Janice and Floyd – Truely sorry for your loss. Although Jackie and I hadn’t talked in a long long time, I always considered her a friend. She was a kind soul and I’m sure had a positive and lasting impact on everyone she met. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of her family.

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  4. Kurt Kehlenbeck

    Janice, Floyd, and family,

    I was in Beth’s class and didn’t know Jackie personally. From her obituary, and given what I know about her sister, I wish I had. Beth, you have my thoughts and condolences in this difficult time.

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