Jacquelyn M. “Jackie” (Mitchell) Gibilisco
September 29, 1971 – August 20, 2018
Beloved wife, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, godmother, friend . . . She was preceded in death by her parents, Phil Mitchell, and Mary Pat and Steve Piechota. She is survived by her husband, Michael Gibilisco; sister, Jennifer Mitchell; nephew, Haydon Kepler; mother-in-law, Cindy Goodin (Mike); sister-in-law, Jeri Ann Gibilisco (Dustin Miller); brother-in-law, Nathan Gibilisco (Caroline); and numerous family members and countless friends.
Jackie was born in Omaha, the first child of Phil and Mary Pat. She grew up in Omaha and attended St. James School and Millard North High School. Jackie spent her early adult life enjoying the freedoms of being single, making friends who would become lifelong companions and loyal to the end.
In 2003, she left the single life behind when she met Mike. Jackie married Mike on September 25, 2004. They loved taking road trips and vacations together. They shared a lot of mutual interests, while simultaneously disagreeing about nearly all of their favorite sports teams. But no matter what, they had each other through everything. And although not a “dog” person when they got married, Jackie quickly fell in love with their first dog, Dudley and their second dog, Chance.
Jackie had a kind and beautiful soul—a friend to so many, an enemy to no one. She could brighten your whole day with her laugh or her amazing smile. She never laid her burdens on others but was quick to help anyone with theirs. Once she met you, she knew you well and was always more interested in hearing about you than talking about herself. She had many passions (her family and friends, the Cubs, Huskers and Seahawks, Softball and Music of all kinds), but she never cared more about anything than children. She loved all the kids in her life and would have dropped everything for any of them at any time. Her dream was to work with kids, in any capacity.
Please don’t grieve long for her. She wouldn’t want it that way. Her heart was filled with love and hope because of the people around her and she was always ready to share it. So, take that love and hope and hold it in your hearts. Or better yet, continue sharing it with all those you love. She recently spoke of how happy and content she had become in the last year. In her work, her home and her family she was finding peace and joy.
The family will receive friends on Friday, August 24th from 5pm to 8pm at the West Center Chapel. SERVICES on Saturday, August 25th at 12noon at the West Center Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Braden’s Hope for Childhood Cancer or Camp CoHoLo.