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Jacqueline Marie (Jacquet) Melvin

September 25, 1921 ~ May 23, 2021 (age 99)

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Jacqueline M. Melvin, 99, of Lake Geneva, WI, died peacefully at her home on Sunday May 23, 2021.  The former Jacqueline Marie Jacquet was born September 25, 1921 in Racine, WI the daughter of Edward and Bertha (Olsen) Jacquet.  She graduated from Edgerton High School in Edgerton, WI and then from Ravenswood Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago, IL.  On August 12, 1950 in Santa Ana, CA she was united in marriage to Col. Martin J. Melvin Jr. USMC: He precede her in death on August 21, 1997.

She was a Veteran of the United States Navy earring the rank of full Lieutenant serving as a Navy flight nurse during World War II and the Korean War.  During World War II she was one of 108 Navy flight nurses.  She was involved in the evacuation of wounded Marines injured in the battle of Okinawa to safety.

She was a member of the Navy Nurses Corps Association.  She was a very talented self-taught artist.  

Jacqueline is survived by: 7 children; Maureen (the late Dick) Christopher of Lafayette, CO, Karen (Russ) Lehman of Milton, WI, Colleen (LeRoy) Goff of Villa Park,. IL, Michael (Julie) Melvin of Manassas, VA, Thomas (Yeter) Melvin of North Charleston, SC, Stephen Melvin of Lake Geneva, WI, and Susan (Robb) Bromley of Cary, IL, 14 grandchildren and 13, great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a son Martin J. Melvin III and a brother Edward Jacquet and his wife Helen.

Private family services with Military Honors will be held.  Burial will be in Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, IL.  In lieu of other expressions of sympathy memorials are requested in Jacqueline’s name to Aurora at Home Hospice.  Jacqueline’s family would like to thank Aurora at Home Hospice for the excellent care given their mother.

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