Jacqueline “Jackie” Clapp died peacefully on March 25, 2014 with family and friends around her. At 86, she had been residing on Martha’s Vineyard with her daughter, Leslie, since 2010.
She was born in Portland, Maine, a “Christmas Baby” on December 25, 1927 to parents Arthur and Mildred (Jenks) Roberge. Her family moved to Worcester when she was very young, where she graduated from South High School and Salter Secretarial School.
She spent several years living and working as a secretary to the Navy Department, in Washington D.C., an exciting time in her life that she fondly remembered. In 1953, Jackie married Mark L. Clapp of Holden, where they settled and raised four children. In later years she worked for the Holden Municipal Light Department, and when she finally retired at the age of 73, her greatest pleasure was to travel to her favorite places, Montana, Vermont, and Martha’s Vineyard to spend time with her children and grandchildren.
In the past several years, her most cherished memories were of Clapp family reunions, when everyone would gather, usually on the Vineyard, for a week or so of fun, relaxation, and family revelry.
Jackie is survived by her four children, ten grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and many friends, old and new. Her daughter Leslie and her husband, Paul Bagnall, with whom she lived on Martha’s Vineyard, and their children Lauren, Paul, twins Matthew and James, Jenna and her husband, Jake Reilly, and great-granddaughter Lucy Mae; her daughter Lee and her husband, Greg Grove, of Eureka, Montana, and their children Jacob and Mikayla; her son David, and his wife, Nina, of Holden, their children David Jr., John, and his wife, Audrey, and great0grandson Johnny; her son Dana and his wife Jen, of Wolcott, Vt., and their son Benjamin. She was predeceased by her beloved brother Col. (Ret) Ronald A. Roberge, U.S. Army.
Jackie was devoted to her family, her community and her church, the First Congregational Church of Holden, where she had been married and was a life-long parishioner and longtime member of the choir. She had many friends there, with whom she was in regular contact and whom she looked forward to visiting again.
Family and friends are invited to join in a memorial service and celebration of her life on Saturday, April 26, at 2:30 in the afternoon at the First Congregational Church, 1180 Main St., Holden, reception to follow. In addition, Jackie’s great desire in recent months was to contribute to the restoration of the historic pipe organ at the church. According to her wishes, in lieu of flowers, please make donations in her memory to the Organ Restoration Committee at the First Congregational Church of Holden.