IRON MOUNTAIN - Rita Jane Jacobs, 87, of Iron Mountain, passed away on Thursday, Aug.16, 2012, at HCR Manorcare Health Care Services in Kingsford.
She was born on April 29, 1925, in Kingsford, daughter of the late Otto and Ida (Christian) Leger. She attended the Kingsford Schools, graduating from Kingsford High School in 1942.
Rita married Vernon Jacobs on April 29, 1944, and he preceded her in death in July 2002. She was a lifelong resident of Iron Mountain. She was a very active member of St. Mary and St. Joseph Catholic Church. Rita was a former member of the Daughters of Isabella.
She loved to travel, was a wonderful homemaker, and had a wonderful life. Despite her failing health and macular degeneration, Rita maintained a beautiful attitude and a great sense of independence and humor.
Rita is survived by her sons, Gary Jacobs of Albuquerque, N.M., and Doug (Rhonda) Jacobs of Aurora, Wis.; a daughter, Debbie Jacobs of Chetek, Wis.; five grandchildren, Derick VanPembrook, Kelly VanPembrook, Chad (Melissa) Jacobs, Amanda (Mark) Sanicki, Brent Neuens; five great- grandchildren, Logan and Makayla and Isabelle Jacobs, Mallory and Bristol Sanicki
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Sandy Jacobs Neuens and her brother, Vernon Leger.
The visitation will be held on Monday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m at St. Mary and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Iron Mountain.
The funeral Mass will follow at 5 p.m at the church. Fr. Daniel Zaloga will offer the Mass of Christian Burial.
Burial will be in the Quinnesec Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Macular Degenration Foundation, P. O. Box 515, Northampton, MA 01061-0515.
Condolences may be expressed online to the family of Rita J. Jacobs at ernashfuneralhomes.com
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the funeral arrangements.