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Jacquelynn G. Mellen

July 4, 1937 — June 12, 2024


Jacquelynn G. Mellen passed away on Wednesday, June 12th, 2024, at Clarendale of Mokena, where she received needed end of life care. Jackie was born July 4, 1937, in Davenport, Iowa. Daughter of John (Jack) Alger and Virginia E. Alger, and sister to Debbie L. Bossch.

Loving survivors include her children Douglas C. Mellen (his fiancé, Karisa Tinsley), Jeffrey J. Mellen (wife Jo A. Mellen), Lynn M. Fuerst (husband David M. Fuerst) and Michael P. Mellen (wife Jana L. Mellen) Her grandchildren, Joshua D. Fuerst, Austin R. Mellen, Seth J. Fuerst, Madelyn M. Wiggins, Rachel M. Fuerst, Matthew A. Mellen, Emily S. Houghton, MacKenzie K. Mellen, Lucille E. Mellen, Madeline G. Mellen, Riley E. Mellen. Her great grandchildren, Baila G. Houghton, Ariya J. Houghton, Brookleigh M. Wiggins, Harris J. Wiggins, Clark D. Wiggins, and Mary Katherine Mellen.

Jackie, as she was known, worked for School District 126 in Alsip, Illinois, for 33 years as a school secretary. She loved her job and all the wonderful friends she made over the years, even those she went to high school with, staying connected with them all until her passing. She loved to travel till she could not, loved to gamble till she could not, and loved to play card games with anyone and everyone up until the week before her passing. She especially loved playing cards with friends and family, where she accused, especially family, of cheating when she did not win. Family was everything to her and she was enormously proud of everyone.

Jackie was a devout Catholic who would attend mass until she could not physically attend anymore, but she participated in services by other means.

A memorial visitation will be held at Kurtz Memorial Chapel, 65 Old Frankfort Way, Frankfort, IL on Wednesday June 19, 2024, from 3-8 PM.

The Funeral Mass will be Thursday, June 20, 2024, at 11:00 AM at St. Michael Catholic Church, 14327 Highland Avenue, Orland Park, IL.

In honor of Jackie’s 4th of July birthday, we encourage everyone to wear red, white, and blue for both visitation and funeral mass. NO BLACK PLEASE!!!

In lieu of flowers, Jackie would have appreciated donations to Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, 1140 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607, or website

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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

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Thursday, June 20, 2024

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