The Times-Tribune

Jacqueline Ann McNulty Simonson

December 19, 2016


Jacqueline (Jackie) Ann McNulty Simonson, 34, of Taylor, died Monday morning at Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton, after a courageous battle against neuro-Behcet’s disease, an extremely rare auto-immune condition. She is survived by her loving husband, Michael Simonson. The couple was married on Oct. 29, 2005.

Born in New Brunswick, N.J., on May 6, 1982, daughter of Patricia Farrell McNulty, Old Forge, and the late Timothy McNulty, she was a graduate of Highland Park High School, class of 2000, and then studied education at Middlesex County College. She was a teacher in early childhood education before raising her family.

She joyously celebrated every holiday, and she became an excellent crocheter in the past several years. Above all, the focal point of Jackie’s life was her family, possessing a strong and loving bond with each member. She lived her life for her children, doing all things necessary throughout her illness to keep them close to her, while cherishing every moment spent with them. Her memory will live on forever with her family and her legacy will be carried by her beloved son and daughters. Taken from her family and friends much too soon, she will forever be missed.

Also surviving are four adored children, Reese, Scotlynn and twins, Sally and Brecken Simonson, all of Taylor; loving siblings, Daniel McNulty, Daytona Beach, Fla.; Kelly McNulty, Edison, N.J.; and Katie Cuddey and husband, Thomas, Old Forge; cherished friend and beloved grandmothe­r, Sally Farrell, Taylor; and nieces and nephews, Zack and Phoenix McNulty, and Gabrielle and Gavin Cuddey.

She was also preceded in death by her grandfathe­r, Joseph Farrell; aunt, Terry Farrell; and infant niece, Sophie McNulty.

Her family wished to extend its appreciati­on to the entire staff of Geisinger CMC’s intensive care unit for the tremendous care and compassion shown to Jackie throughout her stay.

The funeral will be Friday at 9 a.m. from the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 517 N. Main St., Old Forge, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Ann’s Basilica, St. Ann’s Street, West Scranton, to be celebrated by the Rev. Siby Padinjared­ath, C.P. Entombment will follow at Cathedral Cemetery Mausoleum, Scranton.

Relatives and friends may pay their respects Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributi­ons may be made in Jackie’s name to the Jacqueline McNulty Simonson Memorial Trust Fund, c/o Wells Fargo Bank, establishe­d for the future benefit of her children. Visit the funeral home’s website to leave an online condolence.

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