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Lorraine I. Jacobs

July 12, 1926 February 20, 2014
Lorraine I. Jacobs
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Lorraine I. Jacobs
Gladwin, Michigan

With her loving family at her side, Lorraine Ida Jacobs (Ott), age 87, of Gladwin, passed away peacefully at home at midnight on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. She was born in July 14, 1926 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Fred and Lillian Ott. Driven by the Great Depression, in 1931 the family left Detroit to live in the Ott Log Cabin in Clare, now part of the Clare Historical Society. Giving up the modern conveniences of city living and returning to the wood stove and outside water pump was a difficult move, but it was during this time that Lorraine was shaped for her personality.

Lorraine became her mother’s helper as she tended to her younger sister and newborn brother. In the kitchen, she developed her passion for good cooking, especially pies. She joined her father on fishing and hunting trips, and at five years old learned to scale the fish, to skin the rabbit, and pluck the feathers. These core habits stayed with her for a lifetime. In 1932 the family moved to the Rutz Farm near Skeels Corner, and Lorraine began formal schooling, which she thoroughly enjoyed. A town in which everyone knew everyone, the friendliness of the Skeels Community impressed upon her a love for Gladwin. In adulthood, Lorraine moved back to Detroit to seek employment, and met Joseph Jacobs while working together at General Motors. Lorraine and Joseph were married on August 19, 1950 and they raised two children together; Larry Jacobs of Roscommon, Michigan and Kathy Walkenhorst of Rochester, Michigan.

Being involved in a church community was an integral part of Lorraine’s life. A founding member of American Lutheran Church in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, she was a perennial volunteer, sewing curtains, or adorning the tree with Chrismons, as well as active in the altar guild and Bible studies. Upon moving back to Gladwin, Lorraine was a founding and active member of Christ the King Lutheran Church. Quilting being one of Lorraine’s fondest hobbies, she organized the first Quilters Group there, to benefit Lutheran World Relief. She continued sewing into her final years, making dozens of patchwork quilts gifted to family, and countless lap robes for veterans.

Lorraine was a wonderful cook, known for baking delicious blueberry, apple, and strawberry rhubarb pies from scratch. She cherished the water and surrounding land of McGilvery Lake, on which she lived for 36 years. Lorraine found great pleasure spending time in nature, and enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening, foraging for mushrooms in the woods, and bird watching. She was especially delighted by hummingbirds, which came often to her window. An avid sports fan, she watched Tigers and Pistons games frequently, and could offer opinionated debate regarding team trades and player statistics more fluently than most. She prized her cup of coffee, and made sure to have an extra cup ready for guests or family coming by for an unexpected visit. Lorraine was a life-long learner, always open to trying something new or different; an attitude well complimented by her surprising and delightful sense of humor.

Lorraine is survived by her siblings; Leona Dubiel (Detroit, Michigan) and Marvin Ott (Alamogordo, New Mexico); her children Larry Jacobs and Kathy Walkenhorst (Mark); five grandchildren (Daniel, Kimberly, Thomas, Adrienne, and Andrea) and three great-grandchildren (Nate, Norah & Noelle).
Lorraine was a wonderful leader and example in her family.  We are all very blessed to have had as many wonderful times and memories with her over the years.  Although we are sad, we take comfort knowing that she is celebrating in Heaven dancing and singing with the Lord - Feeling no pain or sadness.  Her relaxed attitude and graciousness for others will always be remembered and cherished by her family.

Funeral services will be held Saturday 11 am at Christ the King Lutheran Church with Pastor Kirk Havel presiding with inurnment in Skeel Cemetery. Family will greet friends at the church on Friday from 3 to 7 pm and Saturday 10 am until time of services. Those wishing and expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Lutheran World Relief or the Christ the King Church.

Friday 3 to 7 pm at Christ the King Lutheran Church
Saturday 10 to services at 11 am at the church


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