Jacqueline M. Belonax
Jacqueline Marie Belonax died July 20, 2018 at her home in Goodyear, AZ surrounded by her loving husband, Don, and her sons, Tony and Tim. Known mostly as Jackie by her friends and family, she was born on the South side of Chicago on a sunny day in June of 1948. Her parents, Louis and Sophie Prah were blue collar folks that knew the value of a dollar and a hard day’s work, instilling the values of family and friendship in her that would last a lifetime.
Until her passing, Jackie’s marriage to her husband Don was closing in on a half a century of wedded bliss. She relished seeing the world on cruises with him. Together they traveled throughout Europe and the United States. They don’t make couples like Jackie and Don anymore—two Catholic high school sweethearts whose loving bond spanned the tests of military service, multiple moves across the US, two sons (raising boys ain’t easy), a bunch of pets, and cancer.
Everyone that met Jackie loved her, especially for her caring heart and thoughtful spirit. She was generous in all aspects of her life, from offering you the last slice of dessert to her numerous volunteering positions. Regardless of where her family lived, from the heart of the Midwest to the suburbs of California, she found employment with organizations that would improve the lives of others. In PebbleCreek, she was a member of Kare Bears, a 501(c)(3) organization that helps people recuperating from illness, surgery or hospitalization. She served as both a unit coordinator and within the Kare Bear’s home for 10 years. She was a giver.
Jackie was also a tireless mother that loved her sons unconditionally, never letting them go out the door hungry. She and Don built a loving family life, making sure that everyone was nourished in mind, body, and soul. She instigated trips to cultural institutions, stretched budgets to make family meals happen, and made sure her boys learned the value of, “Please.” and “Thank you.” Her pride for her sons knew no bounds and her friends surely received an earful. Despite Tim’s multiple tattoos or heated arguments with Tony, her love and respect for them never wavered.
She was a supportive friend to all, constantly forging new friendships throughout her life. Jackie loved the connection that games brought to those around her, whether putting on the green with her ladies at PebbleCreek, throwing down some tiles with her mah jongg group, or just playing Scrabble with her family.
Her presence with us on this Earth will be missed but never forgotten.
Jacqueline is survived by her husband, Donald Belonax, sons, Anthony and Timothy Belonax, brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Gloria Belonax, and Joseph and Barbara Belonax. She was preceded in death by her parents, Sophie and Louis Prah and her brother Jerome.
A visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00pm, Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ, 85338. A funeral mass will be at 10:00am, Thursday, July 26, 2018 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 539 E. La Pasada Blvd, Goodyear, AZ 85338.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations be made to the organizations below:
Kare Bears http://www.karebears.org/returns-donations.html
Cancer Support Community AZ https://cscaz.gnosishosting.net/Portal/Donate.
Condolences for the family may be left at ThompsonFuneralChapel.com.
To the Belonax family, my heartfelt condolences for your loss of your loved one. As you cope with your loss, may you find comfort in knowing that God promises to put an end to all the things that have plagued mankind for centuries including pain and death (Revelation 21:3,4). May these promises from God’s word, the Bible give you comfort now and real hope for the future. My deepest sympathy.
My heart felt condolences to Don and family over Jackie’s passing.
She was a wonderful friend to both myself and my Mother.
She showed such kindness, unfathomable strength and courage., and all with positivity while battling her health issues.
I admire her for all the nurturing acts of kindness she graced upon others. Her friendship will be missed by all that knew her.I
Susan and Betty
Our prayers are with you and your family . We were very saddened to hear of Javki’s passing.
We are so sad to hear about Jackie. She fought the good fight. We will always remember her warm smile and her gracious welcoming when we saw her. We admired her strong faith and we prayed for her everyday. God has brought her home to Him where she is no longer suffering.
Don, we pray for you and your sons everyday too. God will continue to watch over you. You all have our deepest sympathies. God bless you.
Claire and Ed
So sorry to hear of Jackie’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Hal & Lana Fredericks
I’m so sorry about Jackie’s passing.
Her gentleness and warm smile touched many people in all she did.
She will be missed.
I pray for you and your boys.