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Jacqueline Cathelin, who thrived in her Long Island home, dies at 99

Jacqueline Jones of Huntington died on Feb.

Jacqueline Jones of Huntington died on Feb. 4, 2016, at home. She was 99. Jones had survived Nazi-occupied France during World War II and moved to Long Island after marrying an American GI, Arthur Jones. Credit: Family photo

The German soldiers seized bicycles from residents of the small French village of Salins-les-Bains during World War II. Villagers were not allowed to listen to British radio stations, and the Germans rationed their food.

A young villager named Jacqueline Cathelin listened to the BBC with her father, hid her bicycle, and rode it to the nearby Jura Mountains, where she grew vegetables to supplement her family’s diet. She did so knowing she could be severely punished if she got caught, said her daughter, Monique Turner of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

“They just showed up and told all the villagers they had to attend a meeting,” Turner said, recalling her mother’s description of the German occupation. “They told them if they were caught outside at a certain time, they would shoot them.”

Cathelin survived the war, married an American soldier, Arthur Jones, and moved with him to Long Island, where she sold real estate and delighted in American amenities such as washing machines and traffic signals.

Jacqueline Jones died on Feb. 4 at her Huntington home from complications of pneumonia, her family said. She was 99, two months shy of her 100th birthday.

Her family said Jones settled into American life easily, making friends, attending lectures and garden club meetings, and visiting museums. She stayed in touch with other women she had met on a ship that brought war brides to the United States.

Jones played classical piano and painted in her spare time. She sold real estate for more than 30 years and continued working into her 80s, said her daughter, Colette Jones of Huntington.

“If people couldn’t afford the full commission, she would cut it in half and sometimes not even charge it,” she said.

Arthur Jones had been part of a U.S. Army unit stationed in France as the Allies drove the Germans to their eventual defeat. He wrote to Jacqueline daily after he left, then returned to France and married her there on April 9, 1946. Arthur Jones died on April 20, 1993.

Late in life, Jacqueline Jones stayed in shape by taking long walks with her daughter. Jones liked to compare the outings with walking up the Jura Mountains.

“I used to tell her, ‘I hiked more miles than you have,’ ” Colette Jones said. “And she would say, ‘Are you kidding? I did a lot more hiking in the mountains.”

In addition to her daughters, Monique and Colette, Jones is survived by a son, Richard Jones of Huntington; a daughter, Francoise Moseley of Louisville, Kentucky; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass was held on Feb. 9 at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Roman Catholic Church in Centerport. Jones was buried at Calverton National Cemetery beside her husband.

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