Jackie Lynn Imbimbo passed away in her home on August 7, 2016 at the age of 70. She was born in Petaluma to the late Ruben and Charlotte Goldstein. She was raised on her family’s farm in Penngrove, where one of her favorite pastimes as a little girl was playing with the family’s dog, chickens, and other farm animals. She graduated from Petaluma High School and received both her teaching credential and Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at Sonoma State University. She taught elementary school in the Rincon Valley Union School District her entire professional career, retiring in 2005. Though she taught most of the Kindergarten through sixth grades her favorite, by far, was Kindergarten. Critical thinking and creative lesson planning were guiding principles in her classroom where generations of students learned to engage in thoughtful exploration and were encouraged to be lifelong learners. Her interest in young children’s development led her to earn her Master’s Degree later in her career. She was a Mentor Teacher and shepherded many new graduates through their early teaching years. Though Jackie was a teacher by profession she was an ardent student her entire life. She had a passion for learning that led her on a lifelong journey as a seeker for understanding the inner-workings of people. This passion embraced psychology, spiritual, artistic and religious studies as well as exploration of body-work. She was a founding member of Eden West, a community focused on the exploration of inner man, the understanding of human nature and spiritual development. She was also an artist, in her younger years focused on drawing and in her later years exploring ceramics and encaustic painting. Her kindergarten class decorations were things of legend. Her love of the outdoors inspired her to spend her days in the garden, turning her home into a peaceful retreat, so loved by her family and friends that it was nicknamed “Chez Imbimbo”. She was also an accomplished runner, up to marathon level, and spent many an early morning exploring and running in her beloved Annadel State Park with her running buddies. She was preceded in death by her father, mother and older brother Keith Goldstein. She is lovingly survived by her husband of 42 years, Patrick Imbimbo, son Steven Podell (Robin), daughter Rebecca Mendribil (John) as well as her brother Rudy Goldstein (Joan), grandchildren Chase and Maximilian Podell, numerous cousins in the Silver/Goldstein family and many lifelong friends that were truly her extended family. A memorial service for Jackie will be held in the future. Information about the service will be posted in the Press Democrat Life Tributes.