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1935 Donald 2023

Donald E. Jacobson

August 7, 1935 — November 24, 2023

Donald E. Jacobson, of Waterford, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on November 24, 2023. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Paul, Arla Bakken, David, Howard, and Ruth, his daughter-in-law, Kristine (nee Festge) Jacobson, and grandson, Joshua Banda. He is survived by his wife, Joanne (nee Otto), and children, Steve (Debbie) Jacobson, Mary Boehlke, Anne (Andrew) Dressel, Amy Jacobson (James Agpoon), and Andrew Jacobson. He is further survived by ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Don was born in 1935 on the family farm in the Town of Norway, Wisconsin, to Mabel (nee Rossum) and Clarence Jacobson. In 1959, Don married Joanne (nee Otto), who was his nurse while he was hospitalized for appendicitis. They moved to the state of Washington, where Don served in the U.S. Army, and then returned to Wisconsin, where he attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Don and Joanne owned and operated Brennan & Otto, Inc., Heating and Cooling, until his retirement in 2000. Don was an active member of Norway Lutheran Church, where he sang in the choir, served on numerous committees, assisted with church maintenance, and invented a large-capacity carrot chopper for the annual Lutefisk dinner. Don was a gentle spirit, with a self-deprecating sense of humor. He loved to travel and regularly took his family on cross-country trips in the used bread van that he had converted into a camper that slept seven people. Annual camping trips to Kohler-Andrae State Park were a highlight for the whole family. He will be fondly remembered by all who knew him.

Funeral Service will be held 1:30PM Friday, December 8, 2023 @ Norway Lutheran Church (6321 Heg Park Rd.).

Memorials can be made to Norway Lutheran Church or Kohler-Andrae State Park.

Mealy-Stencel Funeral Home
225 W. Main St. Waterford, WI 53185
(262) 534-2233
www.mealyfuneralhome.com
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