Evelyn "Evy" L. Jacques, July 8, 1925 - May 4, 2020

Evelyn "Evy" L. Jacques
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Evelyn "Evy" L. Jacques (McGinty), 94, of Eau Claire, WI passed away peacefully at her home on May 4, 2020 surrounded by her family. 

Evy was born on July 8, 1925 in St. James, MN to George and Lucille McGinty. She graduated from St. James High School at age sixteen and went on to earn a B.S. in Nursing from St. Catherine University (St. Paul, MN) at age 20. She met her husband of 65 years, Jerome “Jerry” Jacques, while working as a nurse for the University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics, and they were married in 1948. 

Jerry’s work for National Presto Industries moved them around the Midwest (Minneapolis & Cleveland), but they finally settled in Eau Claire in 1965 where they raised their three daughters, Cecilia, Leslie, and Lynn. Evy was an instructor at Chippewa Valley Technical College teaching in the LPN program and later in the AODA program. 

A proud Irish Catholic, Evy was a longtime member of Immaculate Conception Parish and gave back to her community by volunteering at Sacred Heart Hospital. She found much enjoyment in creative pursuits such as needlepoint and knitting, and her creations are family treasures to this day. Evy was an avid reader and patron of the arts; she greatly enjoyed theater and the opportunity to see various plays and musicals. The holidays were a special time for her to be with family and especially to spoil us with her famous spritz sugar cookies. After the holidays, she and Jerry enjoyed spending their winters in Florida. She made friends easily wherever she went and stayed in close contact with them all her life. Evy will be remembered fondly as a sweet, caring, and devoted woman. 

Evy is preceded in death by her parents, sister Carol McGinty, and her husband Jerry. She is survived by her three daughters: Cecilia (Thomas) Galateo of Burr Ridge, IL, Leslie (Jeffrey) Bates of Eau Claire, WI, and Lynn (David) Prueher of Appleton, WI; her grandchildren: Larry (Wendy) Galateo of Willow Springs, IL, Amy (Anthony) Caronchi of Willow Springs, IL, Mia (Dave) Channell of Willow Springs, IL, Tom Galateo of Lemont, IL, Alex Bates of St. Paul, MN, and Sydney Bates of Eau Claire, WI; and her nine great-grandchildren. 

The family would like to thank the Visiting Angels for the many years of home care they provided, especially mom’s team of angels: Andrea, Danielle, Jen, Lisa, Maria, and Wendy. We would also like to thank the St. Joseph Home Health and Hospice programs. 

A celebration of life will be held at a later date (TBD).

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions in Evelyn’s name be made to the Regis Foundation or Sacred Heart Hospital.

Friends and family are encouraged to offer condolences online at www.hulkefamilyfh.com.

Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.  


  1. Janet Feenstra Daasch May 17, 2020

    Envy was a wonderful woman teaching a class in our AODA Associate Degree program at CVTC. She was an exceptional instructor and a great lady. She always brought “worry” stones back from Florida for the students. So sorry to hear of her passing.
    Janet Feenstra Daasch

  2. Dianne Harris May 16, 2020

    Dearest Cecelia, Lynn, Leslie and family,
    My deepest sympathy to you and your family! I worked with your mother at CVTC. Evy was such a special lady and was so kind to me! My mother, Mary Jacques Knott, was a cousin to your father. Your Grandma Jacques made my wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses over 50 years ago!

    I am so very sorry for your loss! Your mother was a special lady!

    Thinking of you,
    Dianne Harris

  3. Carolyn Wanish May 12, 2020

    It was a pleasure to get to know your mother and care for her she was a great lady. Extending my sympathy for your loss.

  4. Patricia A Chittendon May 11, 2020

    Dear Family,
    Your Precious Mother, Grandmother, Aunt and Friend has transitioned to her next life with the Divine Energy that guides all of us. I met Evy as a part time Care Giver and discovered a beautiful soul who had unending love and admiration for her family. We shared a common faith and family focus. I ask God’s Blessings on all of you as you travel the road of grief and loss. Peace Always, Pat

  5. Denise Rosby May 8, 2020

    I feel so blessed when I think about the time I spent with momma J. ( which I sweetly called her)I would visit and sit with her as she talked about her life being a professional woman, a mother and a wife. I loved her and feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to know her. She will be missed but never forgotten ❤

  6. Laurie May 8, 2020

    Classy lady u til the end. Rest In Peace Mrs. Jacques!

  7. MARY E STOLDER May 7, 2020

    I say farewell to my cherished friend. I press your hands in heartfelt sympathy.

    "...for you will bend and tell me that you love me. And I will sleep in peace until you come to me."

    from " Danny Boy"

  8. verna merrin May 6, 2020

    I am sorry my dear friend and co-worker passed. She will be missed.


  9. Carol Ryan May 6, 2020

    Dear family,
    Our beautiful Evy finally let go during this tragic time in our world. She was such a delightful Irish lady and I have countless fun memories of times spent with her. She had spirit, class, and compassion and I loved her dearly. Sincere sympathy to all of you.
    May she smile down on us today and every day!
    ????❤️. Love, Carol

  10. Sue Bast May 5, 2020

    Your Mom was a very good friend to my Mom Jo Fey and my Dad Ray. Your folks would go out every Saturday to dinner with a big table with all their friends.

    Your Mom was a treasure. I'm sure you'll all miss her.