Jacquelyn Ann "Jackie" (Krause) Stephens

Born: Tue., Aug. 29, 1950
Died: Fri., Aug. 23, 2019


3:00 PM to 3:30 PM, Thu., Aug. 29, 2019
Location: Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Mass of Christian Burial

3:30 PM Thu., Aug. 29, 2019
Location: Basilica of the Sacred Heart

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Jacquelyn A. Stephens

Aug. 29, 1950 - Aug. 23, 2019

SOUTH BEND, IN - Jacquelyn Ann “Jackie” Stephens, 68, passed away on Aug. 23, at home with her family. She was the beloved wife of Philip Krause of South Bend. She was preceded in death by her parents, Col. Jack and Almira Stephens of South Bend. Jackie is lovingly remembered by her daughter, Jillian Sawyer (Chris) of Denver and granddaughter, Charlotte; siblings, Elise (Dennis) Reeder of Alexandria, VA and John (Joann) Stephens of Chicago; her brother-in-law, Father Ed Krause, CSC; and her nieces and nephews, Bridget Westhoven, David Reeder, Kelly Cecil, John Stephens, Michael Stephens, and Jimmy Stephens. Jackie will also be warmly and joyfully remembered by so many good friends. 

Known affectionately as “the little colonel,” Jackie grew up in locations around the world as the daughter of an Army officer, and made South Bend her permanent home beginning in 1964. She graduated from St. Mary's Academy as valedictorian in 1968 and from St. Mary's College with a degree in Fine Art in 1972. She had a long and successful business career. She worked with Doolittle Realty as the manager of the South Bend office. She later joined Waterfield Mortgage, working in the South Bend and Ft. Wayne offices for over 25 years. As a loan officer, she set a record of loan closures that will never be broken. She also mentored and trained hundreds of staff and employees and became a valued and beloved member of the Waterfield community. Jackie retired from Mutual Bank in South Bend in 2018.

In spite or perhaps because of being called “Peanut” by her father, Jackie lived an outsized life. Her humor, infectious laugh, and loving, generous personality drew friends from every neighborhood and every walk of life. As the children of “The Colonel” and Moose Krause, Jackie and her husband Phil have personified the heart and values of the Notre Dame community. Her hand-painted leprechauns popped up everywhere, even in the center of the original Notre Dame ice hockey rink. Her loss will be felt deeply by so many. Those closest to her will treasure the handcrafted Christmas ornaments she gifted them yearly.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Notre Dame in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Aug. 29, her 69th birthday, at 3:30 pm. The family will briefly greet visitors outside the Basilica before the service. A celebration of her life will follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the IU Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center or the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation. Welsheimer Family Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Family and friends may leave email condolences at www.welsheimer.com.

Charitable donations may be made in Jacquelyn's memory to the following organizations:

Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation

IU Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center

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John F Gaski
   Posted Mon August 26, 2019
In tribute to Jackie: We can all agree that Jackie was as fine a person as one could ever know. The world is diminished greatly by her loss. Much of the world may not realize it is diminished, but it is nonetheless.

To Phil and family: Hang in there. Your many friends share your grief.

Requiescat in pace, Jackie.

Susan Stauduhar Jordan
   Posted Tue August 27, 2019
I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to Phil and to Jackie's friends and families who were there to help usher her out of this physical world. Jackie directly and through my sister Fran Hoene always demonstrated a deep caring, sense of humor and energy which will live with us all until our time has also come to an end.

God bless. Susan

   Posted Tue August 27, 2019
Ms. Jackie Family, please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your precious loved one. I pray you will all find comfort and strength in Jesus’ promise of life (Acts 24:15) in a renewed Paradise, where “death will be no more” (Rev 21:3,4; John 5:28,29; Luke 23:43). May Jehovah GOD (Ps 83:18) grant you peace and comfort during this time of sorrow (Matthew 5:4).

Jim and Marge Pinter
   Posted Tue August 27, 2019
Dear Phil and family,
There are no words to describe the beautiful woman that has gone before us. Jackie was truly one of a kind, her kindness and caring for others was always evident. We will miss her beautiful smile and the fact that she always made you feel better just by talking to her. We are very sorry for your loss.

Tim Raper
   Posted Wed August 28, 2019


From The Raper Family Jackie will be missed as she was a Awesome person.

Irene Ng
   Posted Wed August 28, 2019

TRADITIONAL FUNERAL BASKET was sent by The Yang Family.

Dear Phil and family, Our hearts are with you today and always. With infinite love, Heather, K.T., Gin, Eug, Sara, Rini, Ben and families

Mary Weinzetl
   Posted Thu August 29, 2019
Phil & Family,

So sorry for your loss. Jackie was one super unique lady. Prayers and candles for her and for you. So sorry was unable to attend service.

My sincere and heartfelt condolences.


Marcia Ellen Blum
   Posted Fri August 30, 2019
I remember Jackie from St Mary's Academy( where I was 2 years ahead of her) She was a "go getter " ; always taking leading roles in her class and in student activities . Her smile was "catching ."
In my mind she was a happy SMA student adding much to the Academy--- (Student Council Member;Catholic Student Mission Crusade participant ; Marial Staff ;Glee Club;vice President of her Sophomore Class- and she was in the production of Little Mary Sunshine--all 1966.)
Prayers for her family
Marcia Frasor Blum

Bernie and Patti Diedrich
   Posted Sat September 07, 2019
We were very sorry to hear of Jackie’s passing. We will always remember her as a vivacious, friendly and kind person. She will be missed.