Jackie Gootee O’Dea, age 68, of Hammond, IN passed away on Saturday, February 27, 2021 surrounded by loved ones.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Delbert and Pat Gootee; and nephew, Richard Eagle. Jackie is
survived by her husband of 31 years, Jimmy O’Dea; her daughters: Shannon (Jason Weston) and Kelly
O’Dea; son, Michael (Jessica) White; her “baby” sister, Shelly Woodrick (beloved brother in law Jack); and
many loving Cousins, Aunts and Uncles.
Her true joy in life came from her love for her grandchildren: Ryan, Aidan, Jillian, Fallyn, Morgan and
Jaxon; as well as her special nephew, Gavin Eagle. She loved her step daughter, Erin Bornick (Jake) and
their sons: Wayne and James.
Jackie retired from Barberry Apartments after 25 years serving as property manager. She was a devoted
member of American Legion Post 66 and of the VFW Post 9982 Women’s Auxiliary.
Jackie never had an unkind word to say about anyone and everyone was drawn to her shining light. She
is now shining with the good Lord above and relishing her reunion with cherished love ones.
As a member of the Woodmar United Methodist Church, Jackie has requested in lieu of flowers please
make donations to http://woodmarumc.org
A Funeral Service will take place on Thursday, March 4, 2021, 11:00 AM with Pastor Esta Rosario officiating at LaHayne Funeral Home 6955 Southeastern Ave. Hammond, IN. Burial immediately following at Elmwood Cemetery, Hammond, IN. Friends are invited to visit with the family on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 from 4:00-8:00 PM at LaHayne Funeral Home which will include a Service to Honor Jackie's dedication to the VFW and American Legion at 7:00 PM.
Because of COVID-19, face coverings must be worn and ask for social distancing to be applied. For further information, please call LaHayne Funeral Home at 219/845-3600.
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