Menands - Jacqueline A. Nicpon, 77, passed from this life on Monday, February 6, 2023. Born in Albany on April 27, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Helen (Maslak) Bevan.
Growing up on Colonie Street in Albany, Jackie was always proud to say she was from Arbor Hill. She was a graduate of Saint Joseph’s Academy and immediately began working as a secretary in the BCI division of the New York State Police. In 1963, she met her best friend forever, Peter, who became her husband in 1967, beginning a marriage that would last for 55 wonderful years.
Jackie’s work years were interrupted by the birth of her two sons, Michael and Chris. After raising them, she began working again, first as a waitress at Albany Country Club and at several fine dining restaurants in the Capital District. She then worked as a secretary at St. Theresa’s Parish and later secured a job as administrative assistant to the Deputy Superintendent at Albany Boces, from where she retired in 2004.
Throughout her life up to her debilitating medical issues the last two years, Jackie was an energetic, active person. A former high school cheerleader, she enjoyed her home and gym workouts. After learning to play tennis with her husband, he stopped playing with her after she began winning every match they played. So Jackie joined two tennis leagues and continued to develop her game.
Jackie and Peter loved to travel, taking many cruises and world-wide tours. Her two favorite places were Thailand, where she welcomed the respect the people gave to senior visitors, and Israel, where she felt a spiritual connection to her Lord. She felt blessed to dip her feet into the River Jordan. She continued to find solace on a river at The Camp House she had on the Schroon River where she could be content sitting on her rope swing chair on the porch of her camp, sipping a glass of red wine and hearing the sounds of nature.
Along with her physical activities, Jackie was a deeply spiritual person. She liked to read a variety of new-age self-help books, became a Reiki practitioner and was a Cornerstone Retreat Sister at St. Pius X Parish. Even during her recent difficult medical struggles, her deeply religious faith never wavered. Jackie was a unique person, a special gift to us from God. Her sparkling eyes and broad smile revealed her warm, loving, caring qualities. We now have to return this gift, but will keep precious memories of her forever.
Jackie is survived by her husband, Peter; her two sons, Michael and Chris(Kathy) of Suffern, NY; her grandchildren Brian (Briana) of New Bern, NC, Mikey and her great-granddaughter, Ruby. She is also survived by two sisters, Barbara of Niskayuna and Patricia of Warrenton, VA as well as many nieces and nephews. Jackie was predeceased by her cherished granddaughter, Madie.
All are invited to visit with Jackie's family on Tuesday evening, February 14, from 4 to 7 PM at Bowen and Parker Bros. Funeral Home, Latham. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM on Wednesday, February 15 at St. Pius X Church, Loudonville with interment to follow in Memory Gardens.