June 14, 1940 ~ February 23, 2022

Born in: Waco, Texas
Resided in: San Antonio, Texas

Jacqueline Ann Shaner was born in Waco, Texas on June 14, 1940, to loving parents Emil and Oretha Merz, and lived nearly all of her life in San Antonio. On Wednesday, February 23, 2022, Jacqueline returned home to her Heavenly Father.
The focus and greatest joy of Jacqueline’s life was her family. She was a loving wife to her husband, Harvey, for 62 years and was an endlessly devoted and giving mother to her three children. Jacqueline’s passion for nurturing and educating children touched many lives beyond those of her family as she owned and operated a successful licensed child care center for nearly 20 years. Maintaining an enrollment of 120-130 children throughout that time, she directly impacted the lives of more than 1,500 children. Jacqueline cared deeply for staff, children, and their parents, working to educate and offer a range of activities in an environment that was safe, attentive, and joyous. Her personality was warm and playful, and she had a strong work ethic and enduring positive outlook supported by her faith.
Jacqueline was active, loved being outdoors, enjoyed gardening even when the plants didn’t grow, and was thrilled at every opportunity to spend time with her 4 grandchildren. She also loved sports, cooking, animals, music, traveling, any beach, and long road trips with her husband. She was tenacious and consistent, and her uplifting spirit and encouragement will always be cherished by those who had the pleasure to be part of her life.
Jacqueline is preceded in death by both parents, grandson Gary Shaner II, as well as by her loving husband Harvey Shaner Sr. She is survived by her son Harvey Shaner Jr. (wife Donna), son Gary Shaner (wife Terry), and daughter Gay Lynn Schwenk, along with grandchildren Chase Shaner, Jillian Watson, and Clayton Shaner. She also leaves behind her brothers Gilbert and Tracy Merz, as well as her furry companions Sapphire (cat) and her granddog, David.
Jacqueline leaves behind a legacy of love, wisdom, and faith that will not soon be forgotten.
A memorial Service will be conducted at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 600 Oblate Dr, San Antonio, TX 78216, on Thursday March 3, 2022, at 10:30 am. Jacqueline will be interred at Meadowlawn Memorial Park at a future date.

Services

Service: March 3, 2022 10:30 am

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
600 Oblate Dr.
San Antonio, TX United States

78216

Room: Chapel

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  1. Jackie was just a wonderful person, only the best! She was always so friendly and graceful to everyone she came across no matter their situation. She will always be remembered. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family for such a great loss.

  2. CandleImageGrandma Shaner was such a wonderful and caring person. She always had a smile like sunshine! She is going to be greatly missed!

    The Brock and Giguere family are so sorry for your loss and our prayers are with each of you.

    God Bless!

    Michelle Brock

  3. CandleImageMrs. Shaner was my boss at Concordia and what a wonderful boss she was! The sweetest lady ever and smart too! I always admired how she could handle all of us teachers and get business done, all with a smile on her face. She was so very caring and kind. Mrs.Shaner will always hold a special place in my heart.

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    God bless,

    Nancy Lockhart

  4. My heart goes out to the family of Jackie. Our children were under her care at a nursery where she was the director. Jackie was always there to greet each of the children with her warm smiles and hugs. Additionally, she was able to calm the new parents that their babies were going to be safe with her. Not to many people can remember names of individuals who took care of their babies in daycare, but fortunately we can because of Jackie! Her smile lit up the room and her love, kindness and gentle ways will always be remembered. She was also the one that stood up for our family when it was not a popular decision. She saw the true hearts of our family and children and had the courage to speak up. Please know Jackie we will be forever grateful for your actions, kind words and providing the foundation for our two boys. Thank you and HUGS!

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