Jackie married Vernon Simpson on September 15, 1951, in Grand Haven, and he preceded her in death on March 17, 2014, after 62 years of marriage.
Jackie was employed by Bastian Blessing for some years, then went on to be the bookkeeper at Jerry Weavers Scrap Metal. After Weavers closed, Jackie spent the next 10 years working for Grand Haven Area Public Schools with the custodial team. She had many different talents and skills which served her well in her working years. Jackie loved being outdoors and enjoyed cross-country skiing, bike riding and working in her garden. She liked to read and could often be found crocheting and knitting, as well.
Jackie will be lovingly remembered and missed by her family and friends. She is survived by her sons: Tim (Lynn) Simpson, Scott Simpson and Robin Simpson (Tammi Burns); grandchildren: Nick, Kevin, Corey (Caitlyn) Simpson, and Heather (Matt) Neuhaus; great-granddaughters, Mollie and Madyson Neuhaus; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sons, Chris and Shawn Simpson; brother, Jack Dirkse; sister, Karyn Draper; and sister-in-law, Kathy Blomquist.
A Graveside Service will be held at a later date at Grand Haven Township Lakeshore Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to St. John’s Lutheran Church or St. John’s Lutheran School. Please visit www.klaassenfuneralhome.com to sign Jackie’s online guestbook.