6-14-1929 ~ 7-30-2012
Carol Jane Brunelli Jackson, a longtime resident of Modesto, passed away peacefully Monday evening, July 30th, at her youngest daughter’s home in Elk Grove, CA. Jane was the second of two daughters born to Charles ‘Doc’ and Clara Kaltenbach Brunelli, and raised in Walsenburg, CO among extended family. Her loving sister, Norma Lou Murr, still resides in Walsenburg.
Jane married a childhood family friend, Bob Jackson, and they moved to Modesto in 1957, where they raised four children, and where Jane established lifelong friendships.
In the early years, while raising her children and practicing the art of homemaking through sewing, wallpapering, painting, reupholstering and creating meals for family and friends, she also began a lifelong commitment to serving the community within a wide variety of organizations.
Jane was keenly interested in politics, and as an avid Democrat, she managed and was involved with numerous campaigns, local and at large, for over 40 years. Her kitchen table witnessed many a lively debate of the major issues of the time.
In 1972, Jane was a delegate for George McGovern and in 1979 was hired by Congressman Tony Coehlo to run his Modesto district office for ten years. In 1986, she was named Outstanding Woman of Stanislaus County. More recently, her passion for politics re-awoke with the candidacy of Barack Obama.
Jane found peace in nature and loved camping.
Jane was incredibly supportive of her children and their spouses: Jill and Steve Ewert, Kim and Marina Jackson, Jennifer and Chris Aguirre and Jodi and Phil Brown, along with her nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
In her later years, she never lost her verve and really enjoyed quilting with her circle of quilting friends, creating many beautiful quilts.
She will be greatly missed!
A celebration of Jane’s life was held at 11 am at the College Avenue Congregational Church, 1341 College Ave. on August 18th.
Donations in honor of Jane Jackson can be made to Hospice, the Sierra Waldorf School, 19234 Rawhide Rd., Jamestown, CA 95327 or to the re-election of Barack Obama since she won’t get to vote for him herself.