Jacqueline Marriette Small

October 15, 1931 - January 4, 2016
Racine, WI



Monday, January 11, 2016
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM CST
Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home
Racine Location
803 Main St.
Racine, WI 53403
(262) 634-7888

(rosary recited at 8:00 P.M.)

Driving Directions


Tuesday, January 12, 2016
11:00 AM CST


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

National Right to Life
512 10th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004

Concerned Women for America
12606 East Navajo Drive
Palos Heights, IL 60463

American Cancer Society
N19W24350 Riverwood Drive
Waukesha, WI 53188

Life Story / Obituary


Jacqueline Marriette (nee: Dubuque) Small (October 15, 1931 – January 4, 2016), a lifelong resident of Racine, Wisconsin, and daughter of Charles and Ethel (nee: Plante) Dubuque will always be remembered by family and friends as a devout and faithful Roman Catholic and a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was born the only child of Charles and Ethel Dubuque and was adored by her aunts and uncles. She was baptized a Roman Catholic and attended St. Mary’s Grade School. She later attended St Catherine’s High School Class of 1949 and was known as the “Little Firecracker”. Jacqueline graduated with a Bachelor of Arts – Music from Dominican College of Racine in June of 1974.

She met and fell in love with a handsome soldier, Wallace Small. Wally and Jackie were married on June 16, 1951. All because “Two People Fell in Love” over the next 14 years, Wally and Jackie were blessed with 12 wonderful children who they loved very much. Over the next 50 years they were blessed with 24 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. For over 60 years Wally and Jackie have held hands because they loved each other and in later years because they needed the support to hold each other up as they walked along. Upon retirement, Wally and Jackie traveled throughout the country with car, bicycles, canoe and tent. They traveled to every State in the Union, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, every Province of Canada, Ireland and Slovakia.

The pride and fruit of Jacqueline’s life is her progeny: 12 children – Kathleen, Theresa, James, Susan, Daniel, Cynthia, Timothy, Jennifer, Mary, Lorraine, Jeffery and Andrew; 24 grandchildren – Amber, Patricia, Joshua, Michael, Nicole, Amanda, Scott, Brittany, Jessica, Joni, Jessica, Cullen, Trevor, Brett, Shea, Cody, Erik, Rachel, Rebecca, Cameron, Charlotte, Kyle, Anna and Abigail; 23 great-grandchildren – Danisha, Pierre, Hailie, Alexis, Annika, Amaya, Benjamin, Amari, Gabrielle, McKaela, Brecker, Aiden, Matthew, Gabriel, Ava, Dominic, Macy, Brianna, Tora, Graham, Harper, Preston and Gwynne.

She enjoyed family parties and picnics for any occasion or holiday. She especially enjoyed Christmas playing the piano in the family basement with everyone around her singing Christmas Carols and eating her delicious Christmas Cookies and Popcorn Balls. She would then leave to play the piano during Midnight Masses. She enjoyed and cared for all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who brought her much fun and joy in life. And it was with great joy that she listened to one last song of “You’re my Love Bug” sung by her namesake. THE END.

Jacqueline Marriette (nee: Dubuque) Small passed away at her residence on Monday, January 4, 2016. A lifelong resident of Racine, Jacqueline was born on October 15, 1931, the daughter of the late Charles and Ethel (nee: Plante) Dubuque.

Jacqueline, the “Little Firecracker” graduated from St Catherine High School, “Class of 1949.” On June 16, 1951 at St Mary’s Catholic Church, she married the handsome soldier and love of her life, Wallace William Small, who preceded her in death on August 20, 2011. They celebrated 60 glorious years of marriage on June 16, 2011. Jacqueline also fulfilled her promise to her parents and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts - Music in June of 1974 from Dominican College of Racine. Upon retirement, Wallace and Jacqueline traveled throughout the country with car, bicycles, canoe and tent. They traveled to every State of the Union, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, every Province of Canada, Ireland, and Slovakia. Raised a devout Catholic, Jacqueline used her time and talents as the organist at both St Mary’s and Holy Trinity Catholic Churches.

From Wallace and Jacqueline’s devoted union and all because “Two people fell in love”, 12 children were born and raised and it was often said that it was not only “12 times the work, 12 times the arguments and 12 times the headaches … but 12 times the fun.” Jacqueline will be dearly missed more than 12 times over. She is survived by her twelve children, Kathleen Hagen, Theresa (John) Craddock Sr., James (Michelle) Small, Susan (James Findlay) Small, Daniel (Victoryia) Small, Cynthia (Eddie) Martin, Timothy (Ann) Small, Jennifer Small, Mary Small, Lorraine (James) Matson, Rev. Fr. Jeffery Small, and Andrew (Lori Jo) Small: 24 grandchildren , Kathleen’s children, Patricia (Michael) Drews, Michael Hagen, and Jessica (Antonio) Rodriguez; Theresa’s daughter, Amber Craddock; James’ sons, Cullen (Shannon) Small, Shea, Cody and Cameron Small; Daniel’s children, Amanda and Trevor Small; Cynthia’s children, Joshua (April) Driver, Nicole and Brittany Driver; Timothy’s daughters, Jessica (Jason) Mazurkiewicz and Rebecca Small; Jennifer’s son, Scott (Samantha) Hall; Mary’s children, Joni (Matthew) Sturino and Brett Sorensen; Lorraine’s children, Erik, Kyle and Anna Matson; Andrew’s daughters, Rachel, Charlotte and Abigail Small; 23 great-grandchildren, Kathleen’s grandchildren, Patricia’s son, Brecker, Michael’s daughter, Hailie, Jessica’s daughter, Tora, Theresa’s granddaughters, Danisha, Annika and Amari; James granddaughter, Cullen’s daughter, Gwynne, Daniel’s grandchildren, Amanda’s children, Benjamin and Gabrielle, Cynthia’s grandchildren, Joshua’s daughter’s, Alexis, Amaya and Ava, Nicole’s son, Pierre and Brittany’s daughter, Brianna (Little Jackie); Timothy’s grandchildren, Jessica’s children, McKaela, Aiden and Harper; Jennifer’s grandchildren, Gabriel, Macy and Preston (Little Wally); Mary’s grandsons, Joni’s sons, Matthew, Dominic and Graham. Jacqueline is further survived by one sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Donald Trimberger, many nieces and nephews and one cousin, Deborah Szuhai, along with other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Ethel Dubuque, husband, Wallace Small, in-laws, Joseph and Esther Small, Sr., sister-in-laws and brother-in-law, Joseph and Deloris Small, Jr. and Elizabeth Felton, and one niece, Eileen Anderson.

There will be a visitation at the funeral home on Monday, January 11, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be offered on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1533 Eric St, Racine. Graveside services immediately following at Holy Cross Cemetery on Hwy 32 – Douglas Ave. Memorials may be directed to the National Right to Life, Concerned Women for America or the American Cancer Society.

The family would like to give many thanks for the care provided to our “Little Firecracker” by her Doctor’s, Dr DeCheck and Dr Mullane and their staff and the hospice staff at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare.