Jacqueline M. "Jackie" Vens

July 8, 2019

Davenport-Jacqueline M. “Jackie” Vens, 67, of Davenport, died Monday, July 8, 2019 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11a.m., July 13, 2019 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Long Grove.  Burial will be at a later date in St. Ann’s Cemetery, Long Grove.  Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 11a.m. at church on Saturday.  Memorials may be made to the family.

            Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

            Jackie was born on June 22, 1952 in Davenport, a daughter of Lawrence W. and Betty Jane (Rohwer) Vens.  She was a graduate of Davenport Central High School, Class of 1970.  The love of her life was Phil Panther.  He preceded her in death on April 3, 2014.

            In her younger years, Jackie had worked at Kresges, Braemmer’s Cabinets, 30 Lanes (16 years), Rustic Ridge, The Grove Tap, and the kitchen at Von Maur Corporate (14 years) retiring in 2014.

            Jackie adored her nieces and nephews, whether it was watching their sports endeavors or the annual school pictures that she treasured.  She loved Red Lobster, the Chicago Cubs, collecting purses, Isabel Blooms, and Snowbabies, and watching Grey’s Anatomy, Chicago Fire, Med and P.D.  Jackie was a tremendous cook; she loved to critique her mother’s potato salad, made incredible peach pie and had a need to smooth the lumps in mashed potatoes. Jackie loved her apartment at Taylor Renaissance and missed watching all of the birds at the birdfeeders when she had to move. 

Survivors include her siblings: Judee (Ron) Ward, Long Grove, Larry (Susie) Vens, Bettendorf, and Cheryl (Ron) Sone, Aurora, Illinois; nieces and nephews, Kristal (Nick) Happ, Brad (Nicole) Ward, Tyler, Ramsey (Connie) and Rachel Vens, Aubrey (Adam) Ritmannick, and Lena Sone; great-nieces and nephews, Hannah, Ally, Paige, Payton, Lexi, Parker, Cormack, Hazel, and June; Phil’s kids, Adam (Kelly) Panther and their children: Keegan and Conlan; Missy (Mark) McQuate and their kid’s, Landyn, Rhylee, and Savannah; a 2nd mom to Carey Cook Behrends, and her very special friend, Mona DeDecker, and many special cousins.

            She was preceded in death by her best friend and soul-mate, Phil Panther, her parents, and a sister-in-law, Cindy Vens, and another best friend, Jill Cook. Online remembrances may be shared at

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