In Memory of Jacqueline J. Roback Purnie

October 2, 1932 - January 1, 2020

Resided in Utuca, NY


No Visitation


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Jacqueline J. Roback Purnie, 87, of Utica died January 1, 2020 at the Siegenthaler Center.

She was born October 2, 1932 in Utica, daughter of the late Joseph and Sadie Cieslak Roback and graduated from Utica Free Academy and the Excelsior School of Business.

She was formerly married to Henry Purnie who predeceased her.

Jacqueline work as a bookkeeper and office manager for various auto dealerships in the area.

She was a member of Holy Trinity Church.

Jacqueline studied Violin and played at one time with the junior symphony. She will be remembered as a strikingly attractive women who was always the height of fashion.

She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Robert and Patricia Roback of Utica; her sisters-in-law Stefi Roback of Webster and Jackie Roback of Rome and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers William, Bernard and Joseph Roback.

The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the staff of Faxton-St. Luke’s 2nd floor Allen Calder Unit and to the staff of Hospice and the Siegenthaler Center for all of the care and compassion shown to Jacqueline.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday at 10:30 AM at Holy Trinity Church, Utica. Visitation will be private for the family. Interment will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donation in her memory may be made to Holy Trinity Church or Thea Bowman House.

Arrangements are with Friedel Williams & Edmunds Funeral and Cremation Services, 1123 Court @ York Streets, Utica.