Jocelyne M. “Jackie” Cross

With heavy hearts we announce, Jocelyne
“Jackie” Mary Cross of Fond du Lac, WI., age 69, passed away April 4, 2020 with
her husband by her side.  After a
twenty-plus year battle with Scleroderma, her fight ended peacefully, and she
was welcomed home to the Lord.

Jackie was born February 17, 1951 in
Antwerp, Belgium. Her wonderful parents, Joseph and Sally Kacin, were blessed
with Jackie through an overseas adoption program at the age of 3. Throughout
her childhood, she lived in Stickney, Illinois.   Jackie went on to appreciate life,
establishing amazing friendships along the way. She cultivated these
relationships through her unwavering love and acceptance of all. Jackie
eventually found her “forever love” in a small diner, while serving coffee to a
man that she would later describe as having, “the most beautiful eyes in the
world!”  She went on to marry this man,
Thomas A. Cross Sr., on November 4, 1978. They raised their children in the
Midwest, eventually calling Fond du Lac, “home.”

Jackie was a devoted wife and mother. She
treasured her children and embraced every moment with them.  When she wasn’t dedicating herself to her
husband and children, she was a committed caregiver to her late mother with
Alzheimer’s disease. Jackie especially adored her role as “Grams,” as she was
called by her grandchildren.  Those who
knew Jackie, knew her for her selflessness and her ability to always make the
people around her feel loved.  From her
various occupations of private investigative work to being a caregiver to young
children, Jackie would go on to blossom beautiful, lifelong friendships
throughout her life across many states that she always held close to her

In her later years with physical
limitations stacking up against her, she sought support through her Scleroderma
groups and other social media outlets to further expand her meaningful
relationships beyond a measurable amount. 
The lives she has touched will forever be changed for the better and
heaven has gained such a special angel. 
As she would so often say to her loved ones when signing off, “I love
you with all my heart, goodbye…for now.”

Jackie was preceded in death by her
Joseph and Sally Kacin. She is survived by
her husband, Thomas Cross, Sr.; her children, Joseph (Deborah Coyle) Cross,
Thomas (Maureen) Cross Jr., and Niki
Cokinis.  Jackie will be fondly remembered by her
grandchildren: Jyssica Cross, Katrina Huebner, Vittorio
Lester, Speranza Cross, William Cross, Madeline Cross, Emma Cross, and her
great grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be planned
for a time when all can gather together as family and friends to smile, laugh,
cry, hug, and celebrate the extraordinary woman Jackie embodied. Details to

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in
memory of Jackie to Scleroderma Foundation at or mailed to: Scleroderma Foundation, 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 105,
Danvers, MA 01923.