Obituary of Jacqueline A. Paganetti
Jacqueline A. (Stack) Paganetti, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. The beloved wife of the late Ralph Paganetti, she was 80 years old.
Jackie was born, raised and educated in New Britain CT. She was the daughter of the late Warren and Florence Stack. When Jackie was in High School she would meet her future husband Ralph, who was an upperclassman. They married on June 21, 1958. Ralph was an Engineer in the Aerospace industry and had a great opportunity for his first job in California. So Jackie and Ralph settled in California and it was there that they welcome the birth of the first two children. Although they loved living in California Jackie missed her family. When a job opportunity opened up for Ralph in Massachusetts in 1961 they happily moved to Burlington where they would set up roots in the community. Jackie and the family would frequently take trips to New Britain to see her mother and all her relatives. Holiday’s in New Britain were great events and Jackie was the cornerstone of making these events happen. Later in life she made weekly trips to care for her mother and her aunt.
Jackie’s primary role in life was that of wife and mother. She worked part-time at Star Market in Burlington which was right down the street from their home. Jackie even walked to work during the Blizzard of 78! Jackie made many friendships in Burlington but she had 3 very close friends; Kay Shute, Kay Fahey and Joanne Fusco. Everyone called them the “4 Musketeers” They did everything together. After their children were through school, they frequently went out to dinner together at the Dandelion Green to get the town updates or solve the world’s problems.
Jackie loved to watch her children’s sporting events from afar. Whenever there was a basketball game or baseball game at Burlington High School or University of Lowell, you could find Jackie peering in from the hallway or across the field nervously smoking a cigarette and rooting for the home teams and her children.
Jackie loved the beaches in Maine and after hitting the lottery for a good sum spent many months of June vacationing in Ogunquit. Shopping was a bit of a hobby for Jackie. She loved to explore yard sales and estate sales and always looked for those collectables and what she called her treasures! She was the original “American Picker”. Jackie was very proud of her children and grandchildren and was very involved in their lives. She was the type of woman who cared about everything and everyone and loved to hear stories of what everyone was up to on each new visit. She was thrilled to see two of her sons inducted into the Burlington Hall of Fame and both received the Scholar Athlete award upon graduating Burlington High School. She was very proud of all her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Recently she saw two of her grandsons win Superbowl rings.
Jackie was the beloved wife of the late wife Ralph Paganetti of Burlington. Loving Mother of Thomas & his wife Jeanne of Bedford, their children Thomas Jr., Ryan & Justin. Kathleen Davey of Westwood, wife of the late Peter C Davey, their children Sean & his wife Ashley of Franklin and their children, Jackie’s beloved great grandchildren, Shane, Ethan, Callieanna, & Bryson, Meghan E. Zilch & husband Jason of Westwood, and the late Colin J Davey. John of Westford and Kristine Uttley of North Andover and their children Matthew and Shane. Robert & his wife Susan of Scituate, their children R. Drew, Nicholas & Jack. Her sister, Patricia A Carleton (Stack) & her husband James of Tonawanda NY., as well as many nieces and nephews in Connecticut and New York.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Margaret’s Church, 111 Winn St., Burlington on Friday, October 5th at 10 a.m. Relatives & friends respectfully invited to attend. Burial to follow in Pine Haven Cemetery, Burlington. In lieu of flowers memorials in Jackie’s name may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517 Arrangements under the direction of the Edward V Sullivan Funeral Home, BURLINGTON
Edward V. Sullivan
43 Winn Street
Burlington, MA 01803
Ph: (781) 272-0050