Agnes (Jackie) was born on the family farm in Pinconning, Michigan; the ninth of twelve
children to Joseph Kucera and Anna Malis Kucera. Her fondest memories were of listening to
the political conventions on the radio, reading the newspapers, drinking coffee with her father,
and having a glass of wine before bed with her husband Bob. She also took pride in watching
her granddaughter Amanda pursue a career in dance, which she instigated by paying for the
first month of Ballet classes. Jackie remained politically active throughout her life including
canvassing for local candidates in her 90’s.
Jackie attended High School in Standish Michigan in 1940. After graduation she went on to
attend Hunter College in New York City where she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree, and
then attended University of Michigan where she graduated with a degree in Dental Hygiene
through the G.I. Bill. She enlisted in the U.S. Navy in July of 1944 and was honorably
discharged in May of 1946. Upon completion of her studies she accepted a position with
Charles Stebner, D.D.S. in Laramie, Wyoming. Her Dental Hygenist license was #13 in the
state of Wyoming.
Jackie met Clarence (Carp) Carpenter in Laramie, Wyoming, and they married on December 25
1949. They had one daughter, Chaundelle. Carp passed away in November of 1965 while the
couple and their daughter Chaun were living in Cheyenne, Wyoming. After Carp’s death one of
Jackie’s dental patients was very persistent and asked her on multiple dates. She finally agreed
to dinner, and later married her second husband Robert (Bob) George Troth in 1968 in
Cheyenne. Bob was a civil engineer with the U.S. Air Force causing the family to move
multiple times. After leaving Cheyenne they lived in Beeville Texas, Mountain Home, Idaho,
and Rapid City, South Dakota. They eventually moved to Casper, Wyoming in 1996 to be near
their daughter and granddaughter. Bob passed away in February of 1997. Jackie’s final move
was to Denver, Colorado in February of 2017 to be with her family.
She was proceeded in death by husbands Clarence Robert Carpenter and Robert George
Troth; sisters Margaret Kucera, Anne Randall, Helen Payea, Pauline Bailey; brothers Gregory
Kucera, John Kucera, Joseph Kucera, Steve Kucera, and Frank Kucera (died in infancy).
Survived by family member: brothers Dr. Gilbert Kucera and his wife Heidi, Dr. Frank Edward
Kucera and his wife Lynn, daughter Chaundelle Luton, granddaughter Amanda Luton and her
husband Colby Ruder, and great granddaughter Maci Ruder; and three generations of nieces