Jackie was born on September 19, 1932, in Dowagiac, the daughter of James and Edna Jane (Rife) Rhoten. She passed away December 8, 2020 at her home in Paw Paw.
Jackie came from humble beginnings. Her family found work where they could, picking seasonal crops and working in local factories. She met the love of her life, Roger Leduc, in her senior year of high school. She graduated from Gobles High School in 1950. Roger Leduc was a city boy from Holyoke Massachusetts, stationed at Fort Custer in Battle Creek MI. They met one weekend when he got lost looking for a dance he heard about in Gobles MI. They were married the day after she graduated, on May 29, 1950. They recently celebrated 70 years of marriage.
Jackie and Roger built multiple businesses, including Leduc & Son’s Builders and Leduc Blueberries. Mom was his business partner in all aspects from big to small, including all the financials for both businesses and even did the taxes. Jackie was well known during blueberry season for her blue mouth.
She is survived by her husband, Roger, four sons, Roger C. (Lynn) Leduc, Robert (Denise) Leduc, Mark (Chris) Leduc and Joe (Chantel) Leduc; three daughters, Connie (Craig) Cooley, Terry (John) Kinch and Marianne (Andy) Baker; two sisters, Linda Boughner and Maureen Gerencer; One brother, James Rhoten; 19 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.
Jacoline was preceded in death by her brothers Mark and Charles Rhoten and her sisters Luella Knight, Elaine Hess and Terry Merritt.
Per Jackie and Rogers wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be no public services. They will be placed to rest at Fort Custer National Cemetery in the future. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to The Alzheimer's Association or to Wings of Hope Hospice (Allegan).
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Wings of Hope Hospice
530 Linn Street, Allegan MI 49010
Alzheimer's Association-South West Region, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter
200 Turwill Lane Suite 6, Kalamazoo MI 49006