Jacqueline “Jackie” PANCARI, 60, of Andover, NY, died Saturday, August 14, 2021 in her home. Born July 7, 1961, in Philadelphia, PA, she was the daughter of Joseph and Sara Perico Pancari. On May 29, 2001, in Alfred, she married David “Freddy” Fredrickson, who survives.
Surviving besides her husband, Freddy, are: three sisters, Roselynn (Nicolas) Calio of Doylestown, PA, Denise(Stephen King) Pancari of Upper Makefield, PA, and Linda (Enrico Turconi) Pancari of Bradenton, FL; two step-children, Jessie Fredrickson of Bethel, ME and Joseph Fredrickson of Rochester, NY; a granddaughter, Acacia Fenty of Bethel, ME; two nieces, Stephanie Turconi of Denver, CO and Monica King of San Francisco, CA; and a nephew- Christopher King of New York, NY.
A graduate of Lower Merion High School, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1983 from Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Elkins Park, PA and a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1996 from Alfred University School of Art and Design, both in glass/sculpture.
It was easy to forget Jackie had cancer for 24 years because it didn’t define her. Jackie was an artist, an internationally recognized glass sculptor and a creative designer. Her work is in the collection of The Corning Glass Museum, Corning, NY, The Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA, The Burchfield Penny Museum, Buffalo, NY, The Museum of American Glass, Wheaton Village, NJ, The Seto City Cultural Center, Japan, and the Toyama Institute of Glass, Japan, as well as numerous private collections.
Professionally Jackie had taught at Alfred University, Alfred, NY, The Haystack School, Deer Isle, ME, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA, and The College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI.
She was a presenter at numerous art conferences, taught many workshops from Australia to Japan and across the US, was a Hazelgrove Lecturer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, inducted into the Rochester Institute of Technology Innovation Hall of Fame, and received the Silvia Rosen Purchase Award, Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY.
She was a beloved aunt, stepmother, grandmother and above all, a loving wonderful wife. A dear sister and sister-in-law. She was a fantastic cook, a great party host, a gardener and a lover of music. She was a keen observer of nature and often celebrated natural phenomenon in her artwork. She was the person many sought out for her insight. She loved to travel and had visited all corners of the world. Jackie collected wonderful friends all her life–and kept them. She loved her Ta’i Chi group and her German Shorthair Pointers. She loved all these things; but she hated cancer and didn’t let it define her.
In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to Alfred Ambulance Company, P.O. Box 582, Alfred, NY or the SPCA serving Allegany County, P.O. Box 381, Wellsville, NY 14895.
A memorial gathering to celebrate Jackie’s life will be held Sunday, September 12, 2021 beginning at 2:00 PM at Jackie and Freddy’s home.
Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Cremation, Crowell Chapel, 296 North Main Street, Wellsville, NY. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wellsvillefuneralhome.com.