Jacqueline Metzler died March 25, 2015, in Elkhart, Ind., with her daughter, Jonnie Sue Banks, and the staff of the Elkhart Hospice House there with her. “She went to be with the Lord,” her family said.
Jackie Metzler was born in Mishawaka, Ind., on Dec. 20, l937. She grew up running around her grandparent’s golfing range and as a result learned to golf at a very young age. She earned many golf trophies before completing high school. She was a graduate of Mishawka High School.
Jackie met Jack Metzler at the golf range. The two soon fell in love and married on March 24, 1956. They lived for a while in northern Indiana, but then answered the dream of moving north to Alaska. This is where they lived a very adventurous life with their two daughters.
Jackie worked with her husband building a hunting lodge and then on to many quaint and rustic log homes in the Alaska wilderness.
After living in the Alaska woods for 20 years, they moved for a little while to Colorado. They once again built a lovely log house overlooking the Collbran Valley. Jackie joined her husband in taking up tennis and raising a few head of cattle. She made many close friends there that she still heard from over the years. They treasured their time in Colorado, but couldn’t deny the pull back to Alaska. This time, Jack and Jackie settled on the Kenai Peninsula in Anchor Point. This is where Jackie resided until 2006 when she went down to Indiana to take care of her ailing mother.
Jackie is survived by two daughters, Jolayne Soplanda of Anchor Point, and Jonnie Sue Banks of Elkhart, Ind.; six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
There is a memorial celebration planned to celebrate both Jack Metzler and Jackie Metzler from 1 to 4 p.m. May 9, 2015, at the Anchor Point Senior Center. Jack “Yukon Jack” Metzler died Feb. 8, 2015.
The family is requesting that any donations be made to your local hospice organization.