Jacqueline Pikula was born on January 7, 1943 to Stanley and Josephine (Kijowski) Lipinski in Chicago, Illinois. On September 11, 1965, she married her high school sweetheart, Ronald P. Pikula at St. William’s Church in Chicago. For a year, she attended Northern Illinois University and earned her business degree at the University of South Dakota. Through the years she worked many jobs as a software specialist for companies such as Broadway and Seymour in St. Paul, MN, as an Officer for Bartlett State Bank in Bartlett, Illinois and went on to travel the country as a bank software conversion specialist for First National Bank of Omaha and other firms. She served as an assistant Vice-President for First National Bank South Dakota in Yankton and as assistant to the Dean of the Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota before retiring in 2005.
In 1980, Jacqueline and Ron moved to Yankton, South Dakota.
Jacqueline had a special interest in jewelry. Her and Ron attended many jewelry shows, even traveling to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She began by fixing her own jewelry and went on to making her own. Jacqueline was an extrovert who could easily start a conversation with anybody. She was a loving hardworking wife and mother and grandmother.
Jacqueline passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at the Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota having attained the age of 75 years, 2 months, and 20 days.
She is survived and remembered by her husband of 52 years, Ronald Pikula of Yankton, South Dakota; sons: Brian S. Pikula of Phoenix, Arizona and Erik (Michelle) Pikula of Phoenix, Arizona; grandchildren: Tyler Pikula, Brandon Pikula, Allison Pikula, and Benjamin Pikula; and sister Carol Horvath of Rockford, Illinois.
She was preceded in death by her parents.