Dec. 4, 1934 – May 22, 2016
Jacqueline S. Wopperer, a real estate agent and distinguished alumnae of Sacred Heart Academy, died Sunday in her Buffalo home after a short battle with mesothelioma. She was 81.
She was born Jacqueline Shea in Buffalo to Geraldine and Bob Shea, former owners of the Big Apple restaurant in Cheektowaga.
She graduated in 1952 from Sacred Heart.
During her high school years she met George W. Wopperer and they were married in 1953.
With the youngest of her nine children in kindergarten, she returned to school and earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and social science in 1979 from the University at Buffalo.
While working toward a master’s degree in business administration at UB, she helped establish the Western New York Long-Term Gerontology Center, which later became the Network in Aging of WNY.
After receiving her graduate degree in 1982, she was vice president of her family’s business, RIBCO, a roofing system contractor and installer.
From 1992 until recently she was a licensed real estate agent for Hunt Real Estate and was named corporate rookie of the year in 1993.
Mrs. Wopperer received the Christus Super Omnia Distinguished Alumnae Award from Sacred Heart in 2003 and chaired the awards dinner in 2015.
A member of the League of Women Voters, a Girl Scout leader and chair of Red Cross blood drives, Mrs. Wopperer enjoyed bicycling and visited five of the seven continents while traveling with her husband.
In addition to her husband of 63 years, survivors include three sons, Donald, George C. and Anton; four daughters, Patricia Wopperer-Olin, Jacqueline Stoj, Julianne Thompson and Suzanne; a sister, Judith White; 16 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Joseph’s Cathedral, 50 Franklin St.