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Wanda Ercha Jacula

Posted By Hall-Wynne On February 8, 2014 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

DURHAM – Wanda Ercha Jacula, 97, of Durham died Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Hillcrest Convalescent Center following a brief illness.

Born in Herkimer, NY she was the daughter of the late Peter Ercha and Anna Hovda Ercha. She and her mother survived the flu pandemic of 1918. Growing up as a child she learned to speak Ukrainian, Polish, and English.

She was a graduate of De Paul University School of Music, a member of Sigma Alpha Sota National Music Sorority. Wanda was also one of the founding members of the Ukrainian Arts Club of Chicago, Program Chairman of the Lyric Opera, La Grange Chapter and President of the Allied Arts Club in La Grange, IL.

She was an accomplished violinist teaching music at St. Teresa College in Kansas City, Missouri and establishing the music department at Lincoln Jr. High School in Berwyn, IL.

Wanda loved music, feeding wildlife, but most of all her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Stephen Jacula and her son, Stephen Michael Jacula.

She is survived by her daughter, Ann Sotolongo and husband, Carlos; her granddaughters, Emilia Sotolongo and Annamaria Sotolongo and her grandson, Stephen Sotolongo.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered 11:00 am on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at Holy Infant Catholic Church with the Rev. David Devlin, OSFS. Burial will follow in St. Matthew Catholic Cemetery in Durham.

Friends may visit from 6:00 – 8:00p.m. Monday at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blinded Veterans Association, 477 H. Street NW, Washington, DC 20090 or a charity of your choice.

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Condolences for the family of “Wanda Ercha Jacula”

Condolence from Marie Ann Barry on February 9th, 2014 12:00 am

The members of the Allied Arts Club of La Grange offer our condolences and our prayers to you, her family. We remember Wanda with much fondness, especially her gracious hospitality in her beautiful home, her outstanding collection of Ukrainian Easter eggs which she shared with delight and her spirited dedication to the arts exemplified in her leadership of our Club.

Condolence from Judy and Steve Thomson on February 10th, 2014 12:00 am

Dear Ann and Carlos, our sympathies on the passing of your mother, Wanda. Her talents were shared with so many over her lifetime. It is such a loss when the world loses such a fine musician.We know she will be greatly missed

Condolence from Deb Liczwek on February 10th, 2014 12:00 am

Ann, I was blessed by having your mother in my life. She gave me the gift of music and she gave our family the gift of her friendship and love. She was my mother’s other sister as they were more than friends. I will hold her close in my heart always. With love, Deb

Condolence from Scott Ziemba on February 11th, 2014 12:00 am

Ann: your mother was a very special person who impressed upon me the joys of music and the meaning of true generosity. While she will be missed, her memory will live on through the many people she touched and influenced along the way. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Condolence from Judy Thorpe on April 1st, 2014 12:00 am

God gives power to the faint & the weary, & to those who have no strength. He will increase.Isa. 40:29 Be encouraged, God knows exactly what each of you need & will supply your every need. What a wonderful hope.

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