Nina was born as Marie Antoinette Coppa April 21, 1924, in Steubenville, Ohio, the daughter of Pasquale and Pasqualina Paolemilio-Coppa. She graduated from Steubenville High School in 1941. Before marriage, she worked as a nurse's aide and bookkeeper.
William Edward "Bill" Jackes and Nina were married Aug. 11, 1946, at the United Methodist Church in Holstein. Both Bill and Nina were active in Scouting, community and church affairs.
She received the Jaycees Outstanding Religious Leader award in 1975 for her work in the church and Sunday School.
She earned a charter membership to the Naomi's Women's Circle at United Methodist Church of Holstein, where she was also a longterm member of the United Methodist Women's Society.
Prior to living in Florida for a few years, she participated in the clown ministry in Holstein. She continued that ministry while living in Florida.
Upon returning to Holstein, she made prayer shawls as part of the Knit Wits. She also was a member of several local Bridge clubs. She was well known for her continued Godly leadership until her death.
She left an amazing legacy and those who will continue her Christian heritage are her sons, Bill (Jodee) of Le Mars, Tim (Betty) of Omaha, Neb., and David (JoAnn) of Helena, Ala.; grandchildren, Jason (Mindi) Jackes, Jennica Jackes (fiance, Ayron Corporon), Jonalee Jackes, Lesa (Bill) Rossick, Jill (Steve) Bartosh, Tiffany (Jeremy) Moore, David Doug, Daniel; great-grandchildren, Brooke, Brianna, Braden, Briggs, Bella, Reid, Emily, Mason; and numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.
Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at United Methodist Church of Holstein. Burial was in Holstein Cemetery. Visitation was 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Holstein.
Pallbearers were Jason Jackes, Bill Rossick, Steve Bartosh, Jeremy Moore, Dick Lorensen and Ayron Corporon. Honorary pallbearers will be Jennica Jackes, Jill Jackes-Bartosh, Jonalee Jackes, Tiffany Jackes-Moore, Mindi Wynia-Jackes, Reid Aldridge and Lesa Jackes-Rossick.