MAPLE GROVE, Minn. – Jacklynn Jean Kastendieck (Stubbs), 61, succumbed to Alzheimer’s Disease on July 2, 2013 at The Wellstead of Rogers (MN). Jackie is survived by her husband, Steve, of Maple Grove, MN; sons Adam, of Eau Claire, WI and Ryan, who lives at home; her father, Jack Stubbs, of Ottumwa, IA; brother, Rick Stubbs, Cawker City, KS. Her mother preceded her in death.
Jackie was born to Jack and Jean Stubbs (Losure) in Sac City, Iowa. She graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High in 1970 and earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing with Distinction in 1974 from the University of Iowa. She married Steven Kastendieck in 1974 and they had two wonderful sons, Adam and Ryan. Jackie practiced nursing at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in the coronary care unit and was promoted to supervisor of clinic and inpatient medical scheduling before she assumed the role of household operations chief while raising Adam and Ryan. Jackie eventually resumed volunteering and later working outside the home. She re-entered nursing practice in 1993 as a school nurse, a career that she thoroughly loved.
Jackie was a parent with the same passion that she devoted to her nursing profession. Whether it was soccer, t-ball, swim lessons, Cub Scouts, band, choir or anything else the boys were involved in, Jackie was there. Countless road trips for Adam’s many musical involvements or Ryan’s athletic events were a big part of social life in those years. She was a prodigious builder of Lego creations with the boys. Baking her sweetbreads and cookies grew to a family affair that took over the household during the holidays. Jackie loved to travel and was an accomplished crafter, working with macrame, crewel, cross-stitch and quilting. Her pieces will remain as cherished memories for the family for years to come.
The special needs of her younger son, Ryan, were near the forefront of her life. She threw herself into learning the developmental, educational and health needs of a person with Down Syndrome, and became a tireless advocate for Ryan to receive the best practices in education. her efforts, supported by like-minded teachers and building principals, brought Ryan into regular classrooms in addition to his special education. Her efforts opened doors for Ryan that remained open for subsequent students with special needs. She served on local and regional school district advisory boards for special education, always asking “why not?”
Jackie’s legacy is not a building, park, nor highway, but rather the sons she raised and the lives she touched.
The family requests that memorials be directed to the Geriatric Mental Health Unit at United Hospital in care of the United Hospital Foundation, 333 Smith Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55102-2389. Visitation at KOZLAK-RADULOVICH MAPLE GROVE CHAPEL (13745 Reimer Drive, Maple Grove, MN) Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. Memorial service Tuesday at 6 p.m.. Inurnment Oakland Cemetery, Sac City, Iowa.
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