Jacqueline Freeman Van Orsdale

Nov 19 1923
Sep 17 2021
98 Years
Cochranville, Pennsylvania

Jacqueline Freeman Van Orsdale, 98, of Cochranville, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, September 17, 2021. She was the beloved wife — “Jacqueline, girl of mine” — of the late Daniel Lynn Van Orsdale who died in 2011. Together they lived in Cochranville for 20 years, and before that, Greensboro, NC. 

They shared 63 exquisite years of marriage, and over those years, you might have heard Dan say, “you can have anything of mine but my wife,” and if you knew her, you’d know why he said that. Because to know Jackie was to understand that no material possession matters if you don’t have a companion with whom you can share it. 

To know her was to know that an impeccable sense of humor and a bold red lip are absolute necessities. You would also know that hot dogs, cookies, and coffee are the unspoken secrets of growing older. You would have quickly been taught to mind your hem; cuff your sweater sleeves; starch & iron out wrinkles (Niagara works best for this.) You would have also observed that if you’re going to sing a hymn about praising “all the day long,” you better keep your end of that promise. 

But most importantly, to know Jackie was to know a love, a safety, and a sense of being home that so closely resembled that of Jesus. Her innate inclination to nurture was her lifelong ministry, and was stronger than any earthly impediment that tried to get in her way. 

Jacqueline was born in Macon, Georgia, and was the daughter of the late John Andrew Freeman and Alice Kinder Freeman. She is survived by one daughter; Lynn V., wife of David A. Brown of Atglen and four grandchildren; Amanda Joy Brown of Philadelphia, Joseph Wyatt Brown of Atglen, Daniel Elliot Brown of Pittsburgh and Eliza Gayle Brown of Atglen. She was preceded in death by two children; Daniel Scott Van Orsdale and Patricia Gayle Van Orsdale and three brothers; John Keith Freeman, J. Andrew Freeman and Donald Hope Freeman.

Her brothers and mother were often the root of her favorite stories to tell — stories that typically ended in tears of laughter and thinking to oneself, “I hope I never forget that story.” There would come a point in her stories when the laughter would become far too intense to continue; you might not have heard the end of the story but the laughter made the ending complete. The same could be said of Jackie’s life: the ending became blurred, and the details somehow didn’t matter much anymore, but the laughter and the joy and the absolutely infectious wit made you think to yourself, “I hope I never forget her story.” 

Celebration of Life Services will be held on Friday, October 1, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Stillwaters Presbyterian Church, 643 Coatesville Rd, West Grove, PA 19390 followed by inurnment at the Faggs Manor Presbyterian Cemetery, Cochranville, PA. Visitation will be held at the church from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Wilde Funeral Home of Parkesburg, PA.  
Online condolences can be posted at www.wildefuneralhome.com

Service Date: 
Oct 1 2021 - 11:00am
Service Location: 
Stillwaters Presbyterian Church


It is with deepest sympathy and love that our condolences are sent to the family of Jacqueline Freeman Van Orsdale. I humbly offer this remembrance of a great and loving human being my Aunt Jacky.

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Lynn and Dave, 

I wanted to express my deepest condolences on the passing of your Mom, it was my joy to be your parents mail carrier all these years.  They were as you described them, warm and welcoming.  It was a joy to know them both.  Peace be with you and your family.

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Dear Lynn, Dave & children! 
Greg and I would like to extend our deepest sympathy for the loss of such an incredible woman.  We are honored that we got to know her over the years and enjoyed all of her stories, especially the ones about Lynn. Remember what our favorite person used to say, “When you don’t know what to do next, just do the thing in front of you” Elisabeth Elliott our dear friend…..remember Lynn “You are loved with an everlasting love and underneath are the everlasting arms.”  The Thistle Family loves you all and will continue to pray for your strength as you go through “the next thing.”    Love, Greg, Deborah  ❤️



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