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Jacqueline Terpak

Jacqueline M. Terpak (Guarda)

Monday, October 23rd, 1944 - Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020
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Jacqueline Marie (Guarda) Terpak, 75, of Pittsfield, MA died Wednesday January 22, 2020 at Berkshire Medical Center after a close kept secret and heroic battle with cancer.

She was born in Pittsfield, MA on October 23, 1944 daughter of Americo J. (Rex) and Rosie (Sbraccia) Guarda. She attended Pittsfield schools and graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1962. Much to our surprise we found out she was a three-year basketball player. She was known to her late husband as “Red”.

Jacqueline worked at General Dynamics in Pittsfield for many years until her retirement. She was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church. For some time, they were members of the Power Squadron. Jacqueline enjoyed trips to Florida with her late husband boating, fishing and appreciating the beautiful ocean waters. They spent the winter months there for many years and resided in Bradenton Florida. She had a love for landscaping, gardening, cooking and in later years she enjoyed taking rides on a motorcycle.

She was the widow of Stephen M. Terpak who died on December 14, 2009. At the time of his death they had just celebrated 35 years of marriage. She is survived by her three stepchildren and six step grandchildren. She had a very unique and special relationship with one step grandchild, Nico, who she fondly referred to as “kid”. He was also her “breakfast buddy”. She leaves her two very close sisters-in-law, Mickie Terpak (Donald) and Peggy Litano (Al), many nieces and nephews, as well as several special friends including Donna, Vinny, Lisa, Rudy, Fran, Anne, Don, Bruna, Butch, Joan and so many more.

If Jackie taught us one thing, it would be to enjoy life, cherish and embrace the memories of your loved ones. Life is short, life is special, live it to the fullest, surround yourself with those who make you happy and make memories that will last a lifetime. Be strong enough to stand alone, but be wise enough to ask for help when you need it. If you see someone going through a storm, be the umbrella that protects them. Take time to sit back, enjoy the sun and sweet sounds of the tide rolling in. In Jackie’s case, hers was Holmes Beach in Florida. To those of us who were blessed to have her in our lives, we love you, we will treasure those memories and we thank you for blessing our lives with your friendship. You will always be in our hearts. We love you.

FUNERAL NOTICE: No calling hours. A funeral for Jacqueline Terpak will be held at Sacred Heart Church, Saturday February 1 at 9:00 am with burial following at St. Joseph's Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in care of FLYNN & DAGNOLI-BENCIVENGA FUNERAL HOME, 5 Elm St Pittsfield, MA 01201. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit
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    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 | 9:00am
    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 9:00am
    Sacred Heart Church
    191 Elm St.
    PITTSFIELD, MA 01201
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  • Interment

    St. Joseph's Cemetery
    222 Peck's Rd.
    PITTSFIELD, MA 01201
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Mickie Terpak

Posted at 11:43am
Dearest sister, friend and confidant, rest in Gods peace and know you will always be in my prayers. I have a
feeling that when you arrived in Heaven, Steven, Rosie and Don said "What are you doing here so soon!" God
only takes the very best.. God Bless you.

Donna Hanson

Posted at 10:36am
Jackie, I have no words to express to you how grateful I am for your love and support you always gave Nico. Your special breakfast talks and words of encouragement always meant so much to him. Your kindness and friendship to me is something I will always treasure. From the days of bringing Nico to karate classes to enjoying your breakfast mornings, these memories I and Nico will carry in our hearts forever. It was an honor to be with you until the end and I feel blessed to have you in our lives. Any parent knows that if you are good to your child, you are a very special person. You are one of the most heroic individuals I know and I can only pray that I have the amount of strength you do. God bless, say hello to Stephen and Rosie, and make sure the gardens are beautiful up there and you still have the ability to enjoy the sunshine and beautiful sea waters.

We love you,

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