Jacqueline Harding Van Grofski

February 7, 1942 - November 24, 2019 Chadds Ford, PA | Age 77

Jackie passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 24th, 2019 at the age of 77 and was preceded in death by her mother Harriet Askew and father Jack Harding.
She was a proud graduate of Kennett High School, President of the Class of 59 and a graduate of the University of Delaware with a degree in Economics where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and received the Emalea Pusey Warner Outstanding Senior Woman Award. She also earned an MBA in Finance from Widener University. Jacqueline was an Agency Principal/Vice President Personal Lines of Arthur Hall Insurance in West Chester, Pa for 20 years, President of Demi Block, LLC, a Real Estate Investment Company, and taught Economics and Finance at Penn State Brandywine Campus.
Her leadership, citizenship, and community activities included President of the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce, Coordinator of the West Chester Bicentennial Celebration 1999, Named Outstanding Citizen of The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce 2000, March of Dimes Chester County Women of Achievement, and Chairwoman of the West Chester Business Improvement District. She was also a member of Wilmington Country Club and Mariner Sands Country Club, Stuart, Fla.
Her passions were her grandchildren, flower gardening and arrangement, tennis, skiing, college football, quilting, and the Kennett High School Class of ‘59.
She will be greatly missed for her unforgettable, uplifting, and infectious smile and laugh, her dedicated passion to be of help and service to others, and her deep Christian belief and faith. She made people feel better than life and gave them a sense of being. You knew she was aware of you.
Survivors include her husband Thomas Van Grofski, and her children Suzanne Humphreys (Eph), David Blake (Julie),Ted Blake (Elliot), and her special grandchildren Taylor Denham, Cody Denham, Kate Blake, Ben Blake, sister Jill McDonald (William), nephews Nathan McDonald (Kelly), and Cameron McDonald ( Elaine).
Visitation will be held Saturday, November 30th from 10 to 10:45 am at Kuzo Funeral Home, 250 W. State Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348 followed by a funeral service at 11 am across the street at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 212 Meredith Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Penn Medicine Development, 3535 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, Attn: Abramson Cancer Center or Penn Hospice.

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November 30, 2019 10:00 am - 10:45 am Kuzo Funeral Home
250 W. State Street
Kennett square, PA 19348

Funeral Service

November 30, 2019 11:00 am St. Patrick's Catholic Church
212 Meredith Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348


  1. We met last year around this time. We were both receiving radiation treatments. Over the course of more than a month we had many honest and deep discussions. In spite of the seriousness of Jackie’s situation, she was warm, uplifting, sometimes funny, and very inspiring. We exchanged a few emails in the past year. In her last, she said she was very weak but very happy to have been able to spend more time with family and close friends than had been expected. I wish I had gotten to know her while she was working at Arthur C.Hall, earlier In her life. Arthur Hall was my uncle. And I was born in and lived my life in West Chester. My deepest condolences to her family. We were part of a band of sisters and brothers for a while.

    Laura | March 4, 2020 at 9:27 PM
  2. We were blessed to have Jackie in our lives even if it was for too short a time. She was among the first to welcome us to the banks of the west branch of the Delaware River when we joined the fishing crowd and remained a warm and friendly neighbor always ready to share in the natural joys around us. She was always interested in life and other people even as she faced her own challenge with courage and grace. She will be missed.

    Anita Doll | December 2, 2019 at 5:18 PM
  3. Madeleine and I were saddened on two fronts; a family commitment made it impossible to attend the service and of course the passing of Jackie.
    She was a happy, pleasant and good friend.
    I remember her having the same gifts all the way back in our college days. She’ll be missed by many knew her and all that came in contact with her. God Bless Jackie!

    Fred Rullo | December 1, 2019 at 11:05 AM
  4. Jackie has been my neighbor since 2012. As a stranger to the neighborhood, she embraced me. She made it a point to make me feel comfortable and welcomed. Soon we became friends. Hours were spent in the back yard in conversation. Her wisdom, kindness and inspiration will be missed but never forgotten. Thank you Jackie! You are one of a kind and the memories that we shared will continue to live in my heart and my mind.

    Deborah Capotrio | November 28, 2019 at 9:49 AM
  5. Jackie will be greatly missed by all who came in contact with her. I am definitely one of those people. I was so fortunate to reconnect with she and Tom several years ago at a UD football game. The way she treated everyone was infectious and uplifting. She was so positive and fun to be around. I enjoyed meeting her family and could immediately see that they had inherited her marvelous spirit. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Rest In Peace Jackie. Don Lowe

    Don Lowe | November 27, 2019 at 11:08 AM
  6. Joe and I were blessed to have known Jackie. We met Jackie 10 years ago when we moved to the Ponds of Woodward. She extended a warm welcome to us by including us in social occasions and helped me find friends in our new community. It was soon apparent what a kind and generous person she was. She will be missed by many but not soon forgotten. Unfortunately, we are unable to attend the service but we will be thinking of Jackie and her family during this difficult time. God bless.

    Lynn & Joseph Woods

    Lynn Woods | November 26, 2019 at 5:04 PM
  7. I met Jackie and Tom when they built a
    cabin on the bank of the West Branch of the Delaware River almost twenty years ago. Jackie was a wonderful neighbor and gracious host to the scruffy band of fisherman who haunted that stretch of river. She was always quick with a cup of coffee and one of her tasty chocolate chip cookies. My favorite memories see her curled up on the couch or sitting in the sun on the deck, her nose always in one book or another. She was always welcoming and ready to put the book aside for any visitor. In her quiet way she could surprise with a broad and deep knowledge of the world and carefully considered opinions. She will be missed.

    David Holmes | November 26, 2019 at 8:45 AM
  8. Jackie radiated joy and a positive outlook on life. She adored Tom and was a deeply committed Christian — an example to many. She was also a great neighbor. May God comfort Tom knowing that she is in heaven. “For if we have life, we are alive in the Lord,
    and if we die, we die in the Lord.”

    Colin Hanna | November 25, 2019 at 8:44 PM
  9. Such a wonderful high school classmate & lovely person. The KHS class of 1959 has lost a valuable member. One word to describe her is ‘gracious’. It’s been many years but I remember ‘Jackie’ well from our class. The world & her family have lost a special person. For sure, she’ll be remembered by me and many others as someone who was always willing to help. She fought the good battle against a terrible disease and maintained her wonderful personality throughout. Bless you Jackie.

    Richard Bozzone | November 25, 2019 at 2:59 PM

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