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Obituary for Jacqueline "Jackie" Hartmann


Jacqueline (Miller) Hartmann, 73, passed away Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, from complications of Leukemia. Jackie was born April 11, 1945, to Donald D. and Lois Ann (Johnson) Miller. She attended schools in Barre Mills, Wilton, and West Salem; graduating from West Salem High School in 1963. Subsequently, she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Most of Jackie’s working years were spent at Wisconsin Electric Power Company in Milwaukee; taking an early retirement in 1994 from the position of Regional Manager. Jackie also held supervisory and management positions in operations, customer service, budgets, rates, and sales. One significant challenge for Jackie, during her working years, was the supervision of construction crews underneath the streets of Milwaukee. This experience resulted in a lifelong interest in women succeeding in non-traditional jobs; and the importance of education for all young people, especially in math and the sciences. After leaving Wisconsin Electric, Jackie worked at WLSU Public Radio in La Crosse; and, later, as a grant writing consultant to La Crosse County. She was also active in volunteering for various causes, spending time raising money for the Greater Milwaukee United Way, the Wauwatosa League of Women Voters, and the Watertown Rotary. She also spent time working for the West Salem Historical Society, The Heider Center, and the West Salem Food Pantry. Jackie married Gary Hartmann in 1964; they later divorced. She married Herman Reback in 1991; and Herman preceded her in death in 2003. Jackie and her husband, Herman, enjoyed golf and travel, oftentimes combining the two pastimes on various trips throughout the United States and Mexico. They also made abandoned and unwanted pets a priority, always having several dogs, cats, and kittens under their care. Following Herman's death, Jackie lived in Bella Vista, Arkansas for several years, continuing her passion for golf and travel. In addition to various trips throughout the United States, Jackie took several cruises in the Caribbean and cruised twice to Alaska; she also took multiple trips to the countries of Western Europe. She returned back to her coulee region roots in 2012. In later years, Jackie enjoyed reading and knitting; playing cards and board games; caring for her flowers and feeding the birds; and caring for her cat, Mr. Star. Jackie’s great-niece, Bailey, was a continuing source of joy and entertainment for Jackie in her later life. Survivors include her sister, Joann Eckelberg; her brother, Conrad Miller; her nephews, Doug Eckelberg, Curt (Kim) Eckelberg, Bruce (Dawn) Eckelberg, David (Nancy)Eckelberg, and Tony (Casey) Miller; her niece, Rachel Miller; multiple great nieces and great nephews; other relatives and friends. In addition to her husband, Herman Reback; Jackie was preceded in death by her parents; Donald D. and Lois Ann (Johnson) Miller; her brother, Jerry Miller; and her brother-in-law, Gene Eckelberg. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, West Salem. Pastors Jonathan and Jean Schmidt will officiate. Burial will be in Christ Ev. Lutheran Cemetery at a later date. A visitation will be held from 10 a.m., until the time of service, Saturday, at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the La Crosse County Humane Society or Our Savior's Lutheran Church, West Salem. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Jostad Chapel, West Salem, is in charge of arrangements. A complete obituary may be found and online condolences may be sent at www.jandtfredrickson.com.