(Immediately Following Funeral Mass)
Holy Rood Cemetery
111 Old Country Road
Westbury, New York 11590
The Cadet Family would like to thank
everyone for the kind
expressions of sympathy and compassion
extended to them during this time of
We thank those who have traveled near
and far to say their Goodbyes…
I N L O V I N G M E M O R Y O F
Jacqueline Pothel Cadet
Jacqueline, you will be sorely missed,
and your legacy will live on in us forever.
May 30, 1935 – June 23, 2019
“I have fought the good fight,
I have finished the race,
I have kept the faith.
Henceforth there is laid up for me
the crown of righteousness …”
- 2 Timothy 4:7
Jacqueline Cadet (née Pothel) was born May 30, 1935 in Port-au-
Prince, Haïti to Clement and Lea Pothel. After attending Lycée Jeunes
Filles for secondary school, she graduated from École Normale
Supérieure with a degree in linguistics. She then obtained a law
degree at the Faculté de Droit at the Université d’Etat d’ Haïti.
In the 1960’s, she decided to pursue a Masters in Education at New
York University (NYU) in the United States. She then returned to Portau-
Prince and worked at the United States Embassy. Soon after, she
permanently emigrated to the US.
After marrying Oscar Cadet in the United States, they both moved to
Talladega, Alabama where they taught at Talladega College, a
Historically Black College and University. Two of their three children
were born in Talladega, Myrna and Reginald. They eventually moved
to New York, where their third child, Stanley was born and where
Jacqueline taught Spanish and French in the NYC Public School system
for 30 years.
After retiring, she continued to share her love of education with
others. She encouraged her grandchildren to excel academically and
she took great pride in their accomplishments. Always abreast of
political, social and economic issues, she enjoyed discussions with
family and friends. Jacqueline was very passionate about her family,
never missing a family gathering, big or small. She enjoyed cooking
during the holidays or any time she had guests. She instilled the
importance of family togetherness in her children and grandchildren
through her unwavering presence in their lives. Her love, strength and
willingness to help, whether expressed in her offers to babysit, cook,
or just chat, were lights in the lives of all she touched. We will miss
these moments most.
Jacqueline is survived by her husband Oscar; her children (and in-laws)
Myrna (Emile Jr.), Reginald (Michelle) and Stanley (Robyn); her
grandchildren Noa, Vanessa, Sanaa, Riley and Maya; her siblings Marie
Therese Elie (née Pothel), Claude Pothel, Frantz Pothel and Serge
Pothel; numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and beloved friends.
Jacqueline’s legacy is one of love, kindness, family and strength. Her
strength and resilience were evident in the final days of her life where
she fought valiantly against the illness that eventually claimed her life
and allowed the Lord to welcome her home.
St. Brigid’s Catholic Church
75 Post Avenue
Westbury, New York 11590
Saturday, July 6, 2019
Mass of Christian Burial