Marilynn J. Jacobs

Marilynn J. Jacobs

Marilynn J. Jacobs, age 90, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 12:08 a.m., on Friday, October 12, 2018, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Marilynn’s life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at St. Columbkille’s Church, 1230 Rush Street, with Rev. David A. Schatz officiating. To celebrate Marilynn’s life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 pm. until 7:00 p.m., on Monday, October 15, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Marilynn was born on November 16, 1927, in Eldon, Iowa, daughter of Claude and Caroline (Leinhauser) Steele.

Marilynn grew up in Eldon, Iowa, where she graduated from high school and went on to earn her teaching certificate from the Ottumwa Community College. She taught elementary school in Eldon for a few years, before a nice young man, Paul Jacobs, would catch her eye and change her path. Marilynn and Paul were united in marriage on August 26, 1950, in Eldon, and the two were blessed with 8 children and 26 wonderful years together, before Paul was sadly called home ahead of her on September 15, 1976. After they wed, Marilynn happily became a full time wife, mother and homemaker, who took great pride in making sure her family was well cared for. Much to her family’s delight, Marilynn was very talented in the kitchen and was famous for her delicious pies. Marilynn’s faith was of utmost importance to her, she was a long time member of St. Columbkille’s Church, and was extremely active in several organizations where she could share her beliefs with others. She and Paul were very involved with Cursillo, CEW and Marriage Encounter, as well as several Bible study groups within the parish and city-wide. She was part of the Mothers Prayers Group, an associate of the Sisters of the Presentation, a founding member of the Community of the Living Word and was a staple with the Meals Program at the Rescue Mission for over 35 years. She wrote a column for The Witness called “Family Alive”, and was passionate about her work with the Spiritual Growth Program and the Social Justice Community with Sister Parish of Our Lady of the Sioux in Ogalala South Dakota. When Marilynn found some quiet time in her days, she enjoyed bird watching, getting outside to enjoy the sunshine and tend her flower gardens, or simply sitting down to read a book or put together her next puzzle. She had a great appreciation of music, which she gladly shared, by playing piano and singing in the church choir. Beyond a doubt, family was the one thing that brought the greatest joy to Marilynn’s days, especially when the grandchildren were involved. Marilynn was always their favorite “babysitter”, and she would set up sleep-overs and movie nights on a regular basis, as well as going along on family vacations. She knew how to make everyone feel special, and took joy in writing letters and sending cards for every occasion. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our sweet mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, but take some comfort in the fact that she is now reunited with all of her loved ones called home ahead of her, and awaits our arrival one day in her Heavenly Home.

Those left to cherish Marilynn’s memory include

her children,
Steve (Sherry) Jacobs, Dubuque, IA,
Paula (Ron) Payne, St. Joseph, IL,
Mary (Mike) Cass, Rockford, IL,
Joan (Phil) First, Atlanta, GA,
John (June) Jacobs, Madison, WI,
Don “Jake” (Cheri) Jacobs, East Dubuque, IL
and David (Roxanne) Jacobs, Dubuque, IA;

her grandchildren,
Amy (Jason) Cassady, Carrie (Mike) Kane, Joshua (Lynda) Payne, Margot (Nate) Lombardi, Lauren Cass, Thomas (Jessica) Cass, Jacob First, Emily (Benoit Welsch) First, Matthew (Kaety) Jacobs, Maggie Jacobs, Paul Jacobs, Austin (Emmy) Jacobs, Christian (Emily) Jacobs, Zachary Jacobs and Dylan Jacobs;

her 15 great-grandchildren;

and her grandson-in-law,
Jim Mitchell, Dubuque, IA.

Marilynn was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul Jacobs; a son, Gregory Jacobs; a granddaughter, Laurie Mitchell; and her 4 sisters and 5 brothers.

Marilynn’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Roots of Dubuque, Hospice of Dubuque, and everyone who has helped to care for Marilynn these past months, allowing her to stay in the home she so loved.


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Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
October 15th, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Funeral Service

St. Columbkille's Church
1230 Rush Street, Dubuque, Iowa
October 16th, 2018 at 10:30 AM

8 condolences for Marilynn J. Jacobs
  1. Meghan says:

    We were blessed to have Marilynn as our neighbor. She was an amazingly kind, love woman! We will miss her greatly ❤️ The Valentines

  2. Donna M. O'Brien (Kerkenbush) says:

    My heart felt condolences to your beautiful family.

  3. Joe Duda says:

    So sad to hear this. My condolences to all the Jacobs and extended family. I always enjoyed seeing Marilynn when she would come visit her older Sis Millie. Joe Duda

  4. Morgan Wilson says:

    Dear Cousins,

    I was in awe of your Mother when I got to be one of her flower girls dropping petals down the aisle at her wedding many many years ago. She was so beautiful and so smart too.

    Over the years she was so thoughtful sending me birthday and Christmas cards that depicted something she knew I would especially like and she always kept up to date asking about my critters. She was a loving aunt. I will miss her. When she was still on the earth with us I felt a connection to my own Mother, her sister Dorothy. The Steele sisters were very special ladies, indeed.

    My sincere condolences to all of you.

    Dorothy Jill Rumler

  5. Nathan Larson says:

    Marilynn was always welcoming and warm who left a trail of life long memories and wisdom. My prayer goes out to your family.

  6. Tony Topf says:

    I am so sorry to hear.
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of her family.
    May She rest in piece.

  7. Jason Duda says:

    Very sorry to hear of Marilynn’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are withher family.

    My deepest condolences,
    Jason Duda

  8. Claudia Cygnar says:

    Dear Cousins,

    I’m so sad to hear about the passing of Marilynn.

    I have very fond memories of visiting your family home in Dubuque. She always welcomed me with open arms. She always had a smile on her face and kind words.

    The Steele sisters were all special. I’m so sad they are no longer with us.

    Claudia (daughter of Dorothy)

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