Jacqueline VandenBerg passed away from Multiple System Atrophy at the age of 59, peacefully at home in Fayetteville, NY, surrounded by her loved ones.
Jackie was born February 17, 1960 in Rochester, NY, daughter of Coby DeWaard and Peter VandenBerg. She lived an extremely full, productive and adventurous life!
Jackie graduated from Gates-Chili High School in 1978. She continued on to college at SUNY Cortland where she obtained a Bachelor degree in Sociology. Jackie went on to receive an MBA at Binghamton University in 1987. Jackie married Stuart Traub in 1985 and they had 2 beautiful children, Matthew Philip in 1989 and Adrianne Jacoba in 1991. Jackie and Stuart went their separate ways and remained friends. Jackie worked at The MONY Group in the Information Technology department from 1987 to 2002. She then went on to work at the Bank of NY Mellon from 2004 to 2013. In 2006 Jackie and Tom began a loving and devoted life-long relationship.
Jackie learned to ride a motorcycle in 2002 and became an avid biker, traveling all around the northeast and down the east coast. In addition to riding her Harley, Jackie also enjoyed bicycling, was a master gardener, and LOVED listening and dancing to the BLUES. She went on several Blues Cruises with her life partner, Thomas Humenick. Jackie also enjoyed traveling, going to Holland to visit family, Canada, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Ecuador. She loved camping and traversed across the country with Tom in their conversion van more than once. Jackie enjoyed being in nature and logged countless miles cross country skiing and hiking. She had many, many friends and treasured spending time with her children, her partner, Tom, her friends and her dog, Jake.
Beloved mother, partner, sister, daughter, aunt and friend, she leaves behind her cherished children, Adrianne Jacoba and Matthew Philip; life partner, Thomas Humenick; siblings, Thera (Dave), Tim (Katherine), and Erik (Cheri); mother, Coby (Chuck) and father, Peter (Carolyn); four nieces and nephews; and her adored dog, Jake.
Jackie brought love and light into the world and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Calling hours will be Sunday, September 15 from 12 to 3pm at the Eaton-Tubbs Fayetteville Chapel, 7191 E. Genesee St, Fayetteville. A memorial service will be Monday, September 16 at 11am at May Memorial Unitarian Universalist, 3800 E. Genesee St, Syracuse.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The MSA Coalition at www.multiplesystematrophy.org or the Finger Lakes Trail Conference at www.fingerlakestrail.org.