Most of Jacqueline Giles Gilbert's life was tied to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and School.
She attended church and school there while growing up, and it's where her children grew up, too. It also is where she taught for 48 years and where she volunteered.
“She figured recently that of her 89 years, all but 15 were at Blessed Sacrament. It was something that was very, very dear to her heart,” said son Timothy Gilbert of Omaha.
Her funeral Mass will be held at the church, 6316 N. 30th St., at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Gilbert died Monday at her Omaha home from complications of cancer, her son said.
She taught third grade at Blessed Sacrament from 1962 until 1990, he said. She started the school's Resource Program, which she headed until 2010, when she retired.
As a parent, she served on Blessed Sacrament's school board.
She was a member of the parish finance committee and was instrumental in starting the school's development committee.
Among her awards were the 1992 Archdiocese St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Teacher Award, 1994 Archdiocesan Board of Education Award for Outstanding Contribution to Development and 2009 Archdiocesan Omaha Urban Council of Catholic Women Award.
“She really devoted her life to her family and her church,” her son said.
Jacqueline Gilbert graduated from Omaha North High School, attended the now-closed Duchesne College in Omaha and received her bachelor's degree in speech pathology from the University of Iowa. She received a master's degree in education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, dentist Thomas Joseph Gilbert.
Besides her son Timothy, other survivors include sons Stephen Gilbert and Michael Gilbert, both of Omaha; daughter Janet Cuddigan of Omaha; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
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