Sarah Charlene “Mamaw” Jaeckle had the quality of light that lit up every room, blessed every occasion, and filled all the hearts of those who knew and loved her. Born in San Antonio on July 3, 1929 to parents James and Ola Gwen, she was raised in a large home with seven siblings and was committed to faith and family.
When she married Robert John Jeckley in September 1947, the young couple continued these traditions while forging a half-century partnership that continues to inspire. Amid the lively celebration and the making of music, Mama had a quiet, gentle grace as a mother to all and maid to all. A wonderful hostess for holiday gatherings and weekend parties, often for 50 or more people, she made sure her guests always had a place to rest their heads. And everyone was always well-fed, with sumptuous dinners of their famous mama deer peppers, chop suey, and noodles that made the house feel warm and inviting. She was also a talented seamstress, who sewed generously for family and friends, including Easter outfits, prom and wedding dresses, curtains, bedspreads, and upholstered furniture. Not content with staying indoors, however, Mama was always there with her husband Robert (“Papaw”) gardening, roofing, painting, plumbing, and deer hunting.
Mamau and Papaw have been married for 54 years and have been by each other’s side almost permanently, with her working as a full-time caregiver until the end. As her health began to deteriorate in recent years, Mama allowed her children to take on some of these household chores, but she kept her gentle kindness until her last days, saying with a wry smile that she was now ready to fade, since spare. What I needed is no longer available. She passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, July 5.
Mama is survived by her siblings, Paul and Jenna, and children Linda, Bob and Judy, who are relieved to learn that she is staying again with her beloved husband Robert and son Mark. Mama also left behind a bountiful legacy of 12 great-grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren, not to mention the countless great-grandchildren whose lives she touched in her 93 years of spreading generosity and kindness.
Rosary for her will be held at St James’ Catholic Church at 510 Camp St in Seguin on Wednesday 20 July at 2:00 p.m. and Mass at 2:30 p.m. with a reception to follow in the adjoining hall.
In lieu of flowers, please donate her name to Saint James.