Updated: Wed 2:12 PM, Aug 27, 2014
Funeral Home: Johnson-Vaughn-Phelps Funeral Home
A celebration of the life of Jacqueline M. Tutino, 89, who died July 20, 2014, is being planned for Friday. Friends and family are invited to attend to share memories and stories and recognize the accomplishments of a remarkable woman. Food and refreshments will be available. It will be at 5 p.m. at the Cambridge Market & Cafe banquet hall, 830 Fairview Ave., Bowling Green. In lieu of flowers, Jacqueline requested contributions to the Warren County Public Library.
Jacqueline M. Tutino of Bowling Green passed away at Hospice of Southern Kentucky and was cremated, as per her wishes. She was the first-born child of the late Henry James and Agnes Schroeder Marquardt, welcomed into the world in Milwaukee on Aug. 27, 1924. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry John Tutino, in 1988.
Jacqueline led a notable, yet unrecognized life with much of her character developed by growing up in the Great Depression. During World War II, she left home and family and moved to the Washington, D.C., area to become a civilian worker for the Marine Corps in the Navy Department. She married Milwaukee-born Henry John Tutino in Maryland on Dec. 4, 1943, his commanding officer and a barmaid standing up for them. Henry was in active service in the Navy. When he was shipped overseas, she returned to Milwaukee to live with her parents.
Sandra Jean was born in 1946 and the young family bought an acre of land in Hales Corners, Wis., and built a house. John Robert was born in 1954, Thomas James in 1958 and Christine Marie in 1961. Jacqueline was a stay-at-home mom, but she did far more than just housework. She mastered black-and-white photography, learned how to hand color portraits with special oil paints, and she cultivated a love of American history and became a collector of antiques and art, teaching herself things like how to hook traditional rugs. Jackie had an eye for fine pieces of 19th-century furniture, glassware and china, and Hank did the refinishing and framing. She was a shrewd buyer, getting the best pieces at the lowest prices! This was a hobby that she took to a professional level, becoming an expert on early American pressed glass and Staffordshire china and often corresponding with museum curators and book authors while researching the history of pieces she collected. Family vacations consisted of trips to historic sites, like Jamestown, Va., Mystic, Conn., and Boston and all the antique shops along the way.
The family moved to Bowling Green in 1965, where Jackie continued her antique collecting and became a founding member of the Bowling Green congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Church. Jackie graduated from Western Kentucky University with a B.A. in 1971 and became a social worker for the Commonwealth of Kentucky from 1975-87, but her passion remained antiques and engaging in scholarly dialogue with friends, colleagues and professors. Her writing flourished and she wrote poetry, essays and plays – most about the family members she loved. She traveled to Russia with a group on a peace mission and developed a serious interest in Jungian psychology.
The accomplishments of Jacqueline M. Tutino will remain mostly unknown to the world, but her loving family will always hold them close to their hearts and her legacy lives on through her descendants. Jacqueline is survived by her brother, Robert (Sue) Marquardt of Racine, Wis., and her sister, Carol (Dave) Laun of Granby, Conn. Three of her children, Christine (David) Ball, Tom (Susan) Tutino and John Tutino, all live in Bowling Green. Sandra Tutino Hildreth lives in Saranac Lake, N.Y. Surviving grandchildren are Jennifer (Chris) Riehn of Cumming, Ga., David (Michelle) Hildreth of West Henrietta, N.Y., and Anthony Tutino and Jessica Tutino, both of Bowling Green. Great-granddaughters Ashley and Madison Riehn live in Cumming, Ga., and another will join the family in West Henrietta, N.Y., this fall.
At Jacqueline’s request: “Do not stand at my grave and weep – I am not there, I do not sleep.”