Jackie A. Hornacek | Independent from Arenac County
With deep sadness, we share Jackolyn “Jackie” Ann (Rozek) Hornacek, 68, who passed away peacefully with her family on June 12, 2021, after an incredible battle with COVID. In her own words, she reportedly said, “It was a no-win situation. ”
Jackie is survived by her beloved husband Mart, 49 years old. Jackie was born to Raymond and Janice Rozek on August 7, 1952 in Bay City and raised in Pinconning, Michigan. She met the love of her life, Martin Hornacek, on August 1, 1971, over a bottle of juice at her family’s IGA store. Mart asked the guy he was working with, “Who is this?” The man replied: “Jackie Rozek.” Mart said at that point, “I want to marry her,” and a year later, on October 7, 1972, they did. There was nothing Jackie liked more than Mart. Anything she could do to support and encourage him, she did. They really were Mr. and Mrs. Northwoods. They welcomed two daughters in the years to come, Amy and Jennifer, and Jackie was so happy. Jackie was a caregiver and nurturer by nature. If she wasn’t helping family, friends, or offering support to a neighbor, she was helping save lives at Northern Bay Ambulance, as an ambulance driver. Together, she and Mart have helped many individuals and families for many years. Jackie was the one person you could call and without hesitation would be there for any family member or friend. She would literally drop everything and do whatever it took to comfort, support, or console a loved one. Her warm smile greeted everyone with such joy. Jackie loved flowers and she has been a talented and caring florist for many years, making many happy customers with her warm personal touches and extra care. She has always taken the time to speak with her clients and go above and beyond to ensure their happiness and satisfaction. Jackie was so approachable and approachable. She was down to earth and warm and it was incredibly attractive to everyone she met. Jackie brought her passion for flowers and her help to St. Michael’s Church, where she served on the funeral planning committee. She took such pride and embraced her Catholic faith. Jackie was attentive to every detail, making sure that the person or family’s final request was met with dignity and grace. She would jump through any hoop to help make a sad moment comfortable or a little more bearable. She has comforted more people than she will ever know with her warm heart and huge hugs. Jackie was a cuddly superstar! She also took great pride in decorating the church for the holidays and giving every detail a last look with perfection. His compassion and empathy were unparalleled. For that, his family will be missed the most. Jackie always had a hug ready and often offered to drive for hours to hug her daughters or grandchildren, just to brighten up their day. And she did! Jackie has been a cheerleader coach for many years and has brought “her daughters” to many winning competitions and opened up the sport in her own way. “Her daughters,” as she called them, respected and adored the passion she put in each of them and the effort she put into making sure they were all groomed, with new uniforms, at a time. where these things were neglected. . She was on cloud nine during her years with the cheerleading department. Jackie loved her family more than anything. She prided herself on family meals seven nights a week and always made special treats for Amy and Jenn after school. She enjoyed providing whatever she could for school events, volunteering and supporting their interests. She genuinely cared about her family’s interests and was incredibly supportive. Later in life, if she wasn’t on the computer looking for products or solutions for everyone, she would send postcards or email them. By divine intervention and intuition, she even searched for a specific dog breeder at the onset of his COVID disease in the hospital and is taking care of Mart, as he has his little dreamy Schnauzer Chessie, with him now at home. His thoughtfulness can be expressed through so many gestures, words of love and calls. She would never have thought twice about leaving a care package for someone in need of a pick-me-up at any point in her life. Her generosity was as massive as her beautiful heart. Jackie’s granddaughter Molly fondly remembers all the trips she had with her beloved grandparents, especially to the Grand Canyon. Her grandchildren, Molly, Jack and Mason all remember all the sleepovers she had and how they would all get up early together, lay in bed and listen to funny songs or videos and just laughed. Mason will be eternally grateful to Grandmother Jackie for having obtained cases of her special ketchup, when there was a shortage, a few days before she fell ill. Jack and Mason remember the “classic grandma’s” treats and surprises she allegedly made, grabbing extra Bischoff cookies on air flights with Dad to take home to Jack or anti-allergy finds for Mason. . She took such joy in providing them with comfort and support during their needs as well. During their 49 years of marriage together, Jackie and Mart have found love to be together in their motorhome. It started out as family summers with extended family in Beulah and moved on to long birthday trips to their favorite places on the Upper Peninsula once their daughters left home. There was nothing they loved more than packing their puppies and heading north to their land of heaven and peace. She especially cherished this time alone with Mart, as he was away from work, and they could explore and just be together. They met wonderful longtime friends on their travels who have become part of the family. Mart and Jackie also loved taking car rides together… sometimes in front of Amy and Jenn when they were kids! There was no “Solid Gold Saturday Night” in the station wagon that was not returned for the family ride! The search for the most beautiful Christmas lights on these discs was also a complete accomplishment for her. As Mart, Jackie, Amy and Jenn listened to Christmas carols on the radio, Jackie sang and hummed so happy to be with her family, embracing the joy of the holidays. Jackie’s Christmas love was contagious! There wasn’t an inch of her home that wasn’t filled with the joy of the season, and she passed that love on to her daughters and grandchildren as well. Everyone who knew Jackie knew she was the biggest Detroit Lions fan. She took the losses personally and supported “her” team through thick and thin.
Jackie is survived by her husband, Mart; two daughters and their husbands, Amy (Wozniak) and Bob, Jenn (Pavan) and Michael; her cherished grandchildren, Molly, Jack and Mason; new puppy, Chessie and her sister, Mary Jo (John) Secretan.
Due to a medical necessity for Jackie’s husband Mart, who is still recovering from COVID, memorial and funeral details are scheduled for the fall and will be announced later. The family requests that all donations and commemorations be made to Ascension St. Mary’s Saginaw Hospital, COVID ICU in stmarysofmichiganfoundation.org and follow the instructions: Donate, Designation, “Other” and enter: 7N COVID ICU on behalf of Jackie Hornacek. The care, compassion and dedication of the COVID ICU doctors and nurses towards Jackie was simply amazing. They went out of their way to comfort her in a time without a family and treat her like she was their mom. We are eternally grateful to this team, which we now call family.
The arrangements have been entrusted to Lee-Ramsay Funeral Home-Pinconning.