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Passing of Jackie Schulze

Remembered for her service to others

Posted 11/14/18

Jackie Schulze, a founder and former president of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) chapter has died.

Known throughout the region and the state, Schultze was a stalwart …

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Passing of Jackie Schulze

Remembered for her service to others

Posted

Jackie Schulze, a founder and former president of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) chapter has died.

Known throughout the region and the state, Schultze was a stalwart advocate for LGBT and HIV issues for many years. She was involved in passage of Harrisburg City’s anti-discrimination ordinance. As recorded in an LGBT history Project videotape, Schultze recounted how someone tried to set fire to her apartment – lighting a stack of religious tracts – after her appearance and testimony at the Harrisburg City Council meeting in support of the ordinance. 

She was also involved in many regional AIDS-related organizations and supported many individuals living with HIV. Schultze’s memorial service was held on Nov. 13.

Schultze’s obituary was published in the Williamsport Sun-Gazette.

Gloria Jacqueline “Jackie” Schulze McGinnis, 84, died at Williamsport Hospital on Sept. 23, 2018.

She was born Nov. 25, 1934, in Huntington, W.V., and was the daughter of the late Marion Walker and Effie (Cooper) McGinnis of Proctorville, Ohio. She was a graduate of East High School and Marshall University in Huntington.

She retired from the PA Department of Revenue, Harrisburg, as an Inheritance Tax Examiner. During the 1970s, Jackie served as Republican Committeewoman in East Pennsboro Township, Cumberland County, and coordinated several area campaigns. In later years, she became a co-founder of the Central PA Chapter of Parents and Friends of Gays and eventually served on the national board. She also was a long-time volunteer northeast regional representative for the Federation of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. Jackie was a regular public speaker on the issue in south central Pennsylvania. Her major efforts were focused upon helping people with AIDS. During the 1980s, she served as a buddy for people dying from AIDS and was recognized by the National AIDS Network for her outstanding service. In 1992, the Secretary of Revenue, PA Department of Revenue presented her the Community Service Award.

She is survived by Dr. Frederick Schulze, Williamsport, Sue and Andrew Maines, adopted, of Merseyside, England, Vincent Tamburo, adopted, of Melbourne, Fla., Sue Spense, of Huntington, Leon Cooper, of Roosevelt, Ariz., Janet Louise Cooper and Roger Harlow, of Chino Valley, Ariz., and Verona and Graham Cumberledge, of Lexington, Ky. She also is survived by her dear cats who miss her greatly. Lastly, Jackie was part of a church outreach program to connect Muncy SCI inmates with positive community members. She adopted Sylvia Boykin, who called her “mom.”

In lieu of flowers, send donations to AIDS Resource Pets Fund, 500 W. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701, or the church. Interment will be at the Rome Cemetery, Proctorville, OH.