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Jacqueline “Jackie” L. (Ninkovich) Sattizahn, 85 – One of the “Ninkovich Girls”

Jacqueline L. “Jackie” Sattizahn, 85, of Cressona, passed away on Sunday, June 18, 2023 in Orwigsburg Center.

Born on October 25, 1937 in Fredericksburg, she was the daughter of the late Stephen Ninkovich of Bethel and Phyllis Knapp Ninkovich of Lebanon.

She graduated from Bethel High School in 1955.

Jackie had worked in banking and in clothing manufacturing before working at Kaplan Building Systems in Pine Grove. She started as a spackler and retired as the head of quality control.

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Her passions in life were gardening, spending time with her beloved family, and auto racing. She could often be seen in the pits at Big Diamond with her friend, Ed Somers.

Jackie and her four sisters will be remembered by many as “The Ninkovich Girls” working at the former Red Arrow service station in Pine Grove.

Preceding her in death were two sisters, Frances Donofrio and Marian Palmer.

Surviving are her four children, Patricia Sattizahn of Cressona, Randy and wife Cindy Sattizahn of Schuylkill Haven, Christine Weltmer of Harrisburg, Penny and husband Bill Heckler of Pine Grove; three granddaughters, Justine and husband Rodolfo Hernandez of Orwigsburg, Jolene Alvarado of Lebanon, Jeralynn Brommer and fiance’ Brad Jones of Auburn; eight great grandchildren; two sisters, Jane and husband Richard Barr of Pine Grove, Patricia and husband Bruce Smith of Hawaii.

There will be no services.

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In lieu of flowers, Jackie requested donations sent to either St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital Memorial Giving, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at, the Hillside SPCA, P. O. Box 233, Pottsville, PA 17901 or the Ruth Steinert Memorial SPCA 18 Wertz Dr., Pine Grove, PA 17963 in her memory.

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