Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 7:46 PM on Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Margaret Jackinsky Jackie Pearl


Margaret Jackinsky Jackie Pearl

May 14, 1919-Feb. 2, 2012

Margaret Jackinsky Jackie Pearl, 92, died Feb. 2, 2012, in Reno, Nev., from complications following a stroke. At her request, no service will be held, but it was her wish that her family bring her ashes to Ninilchik, which will happen later this year.

Margaret was born to Walter Ivanovich Jackinsky and Mary Oskolkoff in Ninilchik on May 14, 1919. Her childhood years were divided between the familys home in Ninilchik and their homestead and fox farm three miles north of the village.

She continued her education, graduating from high school at the Jesse Lee Home in Seward. She then went on to earn a bachelors degree in education at the University of Alaskas Fairbanks campus. People she met outside Ninilchik nicknamed her Jackie, a shortened version of her last name that stuck for the rest of her life.

It was in Fairbanks where Jackie met Albert Lawrence Pearl, who was stationed at Ladd Field. The couple married in 1942, and had two daughters, Carroll and Patricia. Throughout the couples 59-year marriage, Jackie made a home for the family at each of Als assignments. Those included Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, La.; Offut Air Force Base Strategic Air Command Headquarters in Omaha, Neb.; and the Wiesbaden Air Base in Wiesbaden, Germany. Following Als retirement as a USAF Brigadier General in 1964, the Pearls relocated to Nuremberg, Germany. Jackie enjoyed traveling and took the opportunity to visit many European cities.

Returning to the United States in the late 1960s, the Pearls settled into farm life, first in Munith, Mich., and then Jackson, Mich., raising purebred cattle, hogs and sheep. Jackie always had an impressive vegetable garden and an open home to all who came to visit. In 1990, Jackie and Al made their final move to Reno, Nev., where Al died in 2001. Jackie lived in their home until the time of her stroke.

Jackie was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Edward and Adolf, sister Mauria, and her husband Al.

She is survived by brother Walter Jackinsky of Homer, sister Cora Jackinsky Cook of Fairbanks, half-brother George Jackinsky of Kasilof and half-sisters Barbara Redmond of Wasilla and Clara Robinson of Anchorage; daughter and son-in-law Carroll and Bob Charbonnier of Santa Rosa, Calif.; daughter Patricia Burrett of Reno, Nev.; grandson Patrick Pearl; granddaughters Morgan Montano and Natasha Sampson; grandson David Charbonnier and wife Sara; granddaughter Wendy Seaman and her husband Jim; great grandsons Cole Charbonnier, Joey and Troy Kobylinski, and Michael and Xavier Montano; great granddaughters Emily Seaman and Paige Charbonnier; nieces and nephews and their families; and the Reno neighbors who enjoyed the many happy hours on Jackies deck and affectionately became known as Jackies Deck Crew Don and Terry Brown, Don and Jeanne Barnes, Ives and Bob Sandin, Donna Bland, and others and numerous friends in the states and around the world. Her presence will be missed.

Throughout the years Jackie kept a copy of the poem Forever Alaskans, by Paul E. Garrett. It summed up the deep, lifelong connection she had for the land of her birth.

Forever returning Alaskans / As long as the great rivers run / As long as the glaciers and mountains / As long as the midnight sun / As long as the ships sail the oceans / And the human race seeks its peace / Will returning ships bring Gods children / Back to their lost happiness.