Jacqueline A. Marchese Dower, 89, of North Haven, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 3, 2017 at the MidState Medical Center, Meriden with her family by her side. She was the beloved wife of 54 years to the late Robert MacAllister Dower. Jacqueline was born in Flushing, New York on October 10, 1928 and was the daughter of the late Joseph Marchese and Gladys Charboneau Marchese Levebre. She had worked for Colony Lanes of Wallingford for many years and later for Sunny Side Up Early Care Learning Center of North Haven. Jacqueline was an active parishioner of St. Barnabas Church having been a member of its Ladies Guild and Women’s Club. Her enjoyment was crafts and was very talented with needlepoint and knitting. Jacqueline enjoyed playing board games and cards especially pinochle. She was a great fan of Shirley Temple having watched all her movies over and over and not because they shared the same birthday. Jacqueline had a true love of animals and was a great animal activist. Mother of Donna Dower Halten (Joseph DeRosa) and Robert Dower (Nanci). Grandmother of Jacqueline Halten Ford (John), Keith Dower (Chrissy), Jaime Manacchio (Ralph), Kimberly Dower, Jodi Iamunno (Joseph), Kortney Dower and Jenna Marie Dower. Great – Grandmother of Alexandra and Rebecca Ford, Kayla Dower, Aiden, Ashton and Ava Manacchio, Joseph, Jace and Jea Iamunno, Reagan Dower and Ryan Leddy. Predeceased by her sister Joan Devine.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial on Thursday morning at 11:30 in St. Barnabas Church, 44 Washington Avenue, North Haven. There will be no visiting hours. Entombment will be private and at the convenience of the family in the All Saints Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Halfway Home Rescue, 15 Clark Road, Woodbridge, CT 06525 Att: Stephanie Maselli. The North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue has been entrusted with the arrangements.