Jacqueline L. Bengston passed away at home March 31, 2021. She was born November 15, 1934 on a farm north of Joy, IL. There was no electricity and the house was heated by a wood burning stove in the kitchen, the light was a kerosene lamp. When she passed away the same lamp was in the room with her, only now the lamp was powered by electricity. The doctor and his nurse went to the house for the delivery.
Jackie was educated in Joy schools. Before graduation she married Wessel Bengston who she met at an eighth-grade graduation party. They have been married for 69 years. Two children were born from this marriage Deborah Howes and David Bengston.
She felt how blessed she has been with her family and friends and she had cherished them. Her faith was very important to her.
She continued her education after raising their two children, earning a degree from Roosevelt University as a paralegal and her BS and Masters in Counseling from Governors State University.
She developed, instituted, taught in and coordinated the Paralegal Program at Thornton Community College; taught classes as an adjunct professor at GSU; was Parish Counselor at Faith Lutheran, Homewood, IL for seventeen years and had a private counseling practice for over twenty years.
She is survived by her husband, Wessel Bengston, daughter Deborah (Richard) Howes and son David Bengston. Twin grandsons: Eric and Nicholas Howes, Granddaughter: Argyle and Nora.
A Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2021 from 9:00 – 11:00 at Christ Lutheran Church, 2610 Campbell St., Valparaiso, Indiana, with the funeral service beginning at 11:00 AM. Memorial donations may be made to the Kiwanis Club of Valparaiso – Ramp Fund.
Published on April 14, 2021