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Lois Jacobson

June 10, 1924 - November 09, 2015

Memorial Service - Wednesday

November 11, 2015
- 11:00 AM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

Visitation - Wednesday

November 11, 2015
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo


Boulger Funeral Home

Lois Jacobson

June 10, 1924 - November 09, 2015


Lois N. Jacobson’s journey of life ended November 9, 2015.

Lois was born June 10, 1924 on the family farm in Stevens County, MN to Fred and Clara (Hanson) Nissen.

Lois attended country school before moving to Hancock, MN where she graduated from high school in 1941. Lois graduated from St. Cloud State Teachers College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education in 1945. Lois then received her Master’s in Education from MSUM in 1970. Lois taught in Iron Wood, MI, Virginia, MN and Minneapolis, MN before moving to Fargo in 1958. She taught school in Fargo at Jefferson Elementary and Agassiz before retiring in 1989 after 31 years with the district. She was very active in several professional organizations and Alpha Delta Kappa sorority.

Lois is survived by her children, Rolf Jacobson, Fargo, ND and Randy (Kristi) Jacobson, Green Valley, AZ and Lake Eunice, MN; her grandchildren, Brian (Megan) Jacobson, Jefferson City, MO and Mark Jacobson, West Fargo; great-grandchildren, Izaac Jacobson, Keagan Jacobson and Kelbi Jacobson; special cousin, Paul (Paige) Hanson and family; many friends, too many to mention including the “veggie bridge club.”

Lois was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Betty Mae Huntley.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the American Heart Association.


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43 responses to “Lois Jacobson”

  1. Stacy (Haider) Boe says:

    I remember Mrs. Jacobson from Agassiz. She was tough, but only because she knew everyone’s true potential. I am deeply saddened by her passing and will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Jim Poolman says:

    So sorry to hear of the loss of Mrs. Jacobson. One of my favorite teachers of all time. She was fun, serious, hard charging and has a real connection to all of us. Loved always seeing her at Oakland market as well. Such a special lady! My sympathy to you all.

    Jim Poolman

  3. John Neis says:

    Lois you were a big part of my life and I have always loved you dearly. I am happy I had the chance to see you in June. Say hi to Sam and have a great time in heaven!!

  4. Jaci Christman says:

    I’m sorry to read about Mrs. Jacobson’s death. She was my 6th grade English teacher at Agassiz and one of my favorites. My friend Lisa and I called her on one of her milestone birthdays to sing happy birthday. I can still recite the prepositions 30 years later because she made us memorize them. About, above across, after, against, among, around, at, before, behind, below, beneath, beside, besides, between, beyond, but, by, concerning, down, during…

    My condolences to her family. She was a lovely person.

    In sympathy,
    Jaci Christman

  5. Michael Smith says:

    I was in junior high at Agassiz in the early 80s. Mrs. Jacobson was One of my favorite teachers of all time. She touch so very many lives with education, kindness, and intelligence. God rest her soul. I just wanted to add my voice to the choir singing her praises so the family would know how much of an impact she had on the world.

  6. Lisa Heap (Wolter) says:

    Mrs. Jacobson was a favorite teach of mine, from the time I was at Jefferson in the 70s and then Agassiz in the 80s. Once, when I was in 6th grade at Agassiz, I got hurt at school and Mrs. Jacobson sat with me, holding my hand until my mom got there. She was my angel then and is forever now. RIP, Beautiful Lady. And Thank You.

  7. Maria Burkland Balintona says:

    Auntie Lois,
    Thank you for all your love and guidance to me and our family. Rest in the peace of God always. You really made a difference, Auntie!

  8. Lisa (Wagner) Pehrson says:

    I am saddened today to read of Mrs. Jacobson’s passing. She has a very special place in my heart as one of my favorite teachers. As a student of hers at Agassiz in the ’80s, I remember how tough she was on us! You better have memorized those adverbs and adjectives lists or else! But behind her high expectations was a heart of gold. She pushed us to be work hard and be our best. Whenever my best friend and I would stop by to say hi (in later grades), she always had a smile for us and the warmest hello. She was really more than just our teacher; she became our friend. We even called her on a special birthday. That was really fun. I think of her often with great memories and feel grateful to have known her. She helped shape us kids into the people we became. What a legacy!

  9. Nancy Burkland says:

    My heartfelt condolences to Lois’ family for she was truly a wonderful mother, grandmother and educator. She had a great impact on me every since she became my close friend in 1969 when I was a fellow educator with this great mentor and friend. She was extremely important in my girls’ lives as well as mine. They both felt so close to her that she was their special “auntie Lois”. We will all miss her greatly. I am so thankful I got to last see her in Green Valley last January when she was still her spunky self. Her passing will leave a hole in my heart, but I will be able to hold on to all the special memories I have of her. She was one of a kind who I was very fortunate to call “my friend”. My thoughts and prayers are with all of her family as you celebrate her life and the impact she has had on all of us who knew her.

  10. Stacy (Rockne) Gleason says:

    So sad to hear of Mrs. Jacobsons passing. She was a huge inspiration to a lot of kids. She is a great example of why the world needs to continue having teachers like this. God Bless and RIP.

  11. LAURIE ASMUS says:

    I remember Mrs. Jacobson from both Jefferson and Agassiz. I was fortunate enough to see her at her birthday party and visit a little with her. It always amazed me how she remembered ALL the students she taught throughout the years. I would see her at the grocery store and she knew who I was after all these years. As one of the other people said, she was tough, but I too believe it was because she knew we could do better. May you rest in peace and know that there are many students out there that have achieved much more than they thought because of you!

  12. Dave Brant says:

    RIP Lois!! You only left a lifetime of memories for all your students. Its been just a “few” short years since you were teaching us how to high jump at Jefferson. What a challenge for you while wearing a skirt! Thanks for your friendship over all those years.

  13. Candy Dahl Malm says:

    So sorry to hear about Mrs. Jacobson. I have thought of her many times over the years. She was my student teaching supervisor in physical education in the late 60’s — she was in high demand because of her wonderful skills. I am also a member of Alpha Delta Kappa sorority. May the good memories make this time easier. Candy Malm

  14. Wargo family says:

    To Lois’ family and friends,

    We are so sorry to hear of Lois’ passing. She was a wonderful woman and a great neighbor to us when we lived in Fargo – the kids loved making their pre-trick-or-treating trip to Lois’ house to show off their costumes and get a treat just for them! And every time we walked by, she’d wave 🙂 I saw her about 2 months ago and although she was sick and in bed in her front room, she was dressed to the nines, had her make-up and jewelry on and was cheering on the bison! A very remarkable lady! We’ll miss her!
    Marleen, Vincent, Helen and Patrick

  15. Donna, Cheri, and Liz says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. We will miss her dearly here at the salon where she brought much laughter and sunshine. She was known to brighten our days with just a simple Chocolate from her purse that she always carried with her. We will keep you all in our prayers and may you remember all the wonderful memories of her, as we will.

  16. Wendy Felt says:

    Mrs. Jacobson was my gym teacher at Jefferson from kindergarten through 5th grade starting back in the early 60’s. She was strict with us which I think made us all a little afraid of her but I like to think that it also made us better people. Many years later, sometime in the 90’s, I was doing a craft show. She stopped by my booth, I recognized her and told her so. She asked me what years I was at Jefferson and my name. I told her and she replied “and you have a brother named Darrell”. Makes me wonder what he did that she remembered him…lol

    My deepest sympathies to the family. She was one of the best!

  17. Diane Miller says:

    I had the pleasure of having Lois as a teacher at Jefferson and Agassiz. She truly was a great teacher. My thoughts and prayers to her friends and family.

  18. Doris Melicher says:

    So sorry to hear of Lois’ passing. She was such a caring and beautiful person inside and out. My world was brighter having known her. My heartfelt sympathies to her family. She will truly be missed by so many. ..♡

  19. Dacia Fuhrman Gonzales says:

    Mrs. Jacobson was my English teacher at Agassiz in the 1980’s. She was one of my all-time favorite teachers not only because I learned so much from her, but also because she was such a kind person. She had an infectious smile that would light up the room! Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  20. Joel Young says:

    I’m saddened to hear of the passing of this truly memorable lady. As I grew older I could call her Lois but I always called her Mrs. Jacobson out of respect for who she was and how she had influenced me while attending Jefferson Elementary in the 60’s. She will never be forgotten just as she never forgot her many students.

  21. Rose Skyberg says:

    A very good teacher friend.

  22. Bill Darner says:

    To the Jacobson family, I extend my most heartfelt sympathy for your loss. Rolf and I were very close friends in high school through college, and Mrs. Jacobson was a guiding light to me. She was always so kind, caring, and gracious to me. She demonstrated a strong work ethic and an expectation of excellence from everyone around her. With her attention to detail, she mixed a wonderful sense of humor that made her such a joy to be around! No doubt, she was a lady of great wisdom, generosity, and grace. Her legacy can be defined by her love of family and teaching, serving her students in the best manner possible. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this most challenging time.

    Sincerely, Bill Darner

  23. Cindy Dietrich says:

    I remember Mrs Jacobson from Jefferson and Agassiz.
    Even then I knew she was a classy person with a true sense of right and wrong.
    I remember her monitoring the entry in Jefferson as she instructed each person to remove their hats upon entering the building and made sure that everyone knew that there were standards that needed to be upheld even at that age. .No one ever argued and most were more than happy to point out that they did not need a reminder.
    She made sure everyone had what they needed in order to be the best that they could be. I have thought of her often with respect and admiration over the years. The world definitely has lost a true character.

    Cindy Dietrich

  24. Susan Pederson says:

    Lois was a fun, feisty lady and I am very glad that I got to know her in her later years! She will be greatly missed by many!

  25. Donna Haskins Cely - Jefferson says:

    “Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives.” — Andy Rooney

    Ms. Jacobson will be remember by legions off students . . . seculo seculorum. Prayers for her family. Thank you for sharing her with us all.

  26. Maureen says:

    I met Lois later in life at Cardiac Rehab. Such a wonderful sense of humor and can only imagine her gifts for teaching. Truly a blessing.

  27. Mary Ann Huus says:

    I remember Lois from my years of working at the clinic she went to. She was such a nice lady. My sympathies to her family 🙏🏻🙏🏻

  28. Sheryl Weeks says:

    I was lucky to have Mrs Jacobson at Jefferson and get to see her at Agassiz. She was always a favorite. Tough but very loving. You knew even at a young age she loved what she did! RIP Mrs J!

  29. Kathy Hawken says:

    Lois made a difference in the lives of so many. She is one of those teachers students will talk about at reunions & be grateful they had her in their lives. Our son is one of those people.
    Loved that lady!
    Kathy Hawken

  30. Kerri Anderson says:

    I’m so sad to hear of Lois’ passing. She was the purest definition of class and brightened any room she entered. She will be missed by so many. Definitely filled my heart with smiles.
    ~Kerri Anderson

  31. Jan Adair says:

    What a wonderful,teaching professional & foxy lady. I loved teaching with her at Agassiz. Always full of fun. So sorry to miss the celebration of her life as I am currently in FL.

  32. Jill Freed McKenzie says:

    I am so glad Janet and I got to see Lois in July. She was one of a kind and always welcoming, warm and full of fun. I wish I were closer to Fargo and could attend the funeral, but I am sure all the people whose lives she touched will be thinking about her just as I will. Her smile was infectious and she was a wonderful teacher.

  33. Jane Neis Yahna says:

    Lois was in my life from the day I was brought home to 8th street. We enjoyed many days at her home or Detroit Lakes. She always had my parents back as we were not allowed to cross 5th Street to go to Oakland Market. If she saw us Sam and Heather were sure to find out. She was around for every holiday. She shared her birthday with my parents wedding anniversary. I can’t imagine my life without her in it. My love goes out to her family during this difficult time.

  34. Edna (Babe) Mortenson says:

    I was privileged to meet Lois in 1969 when I was fortunate enough to be assigned to her as a student teacher. What a wonderful role model she was and what a great experience to have worked with her. She taught me so much in those few months that molded my career thereafter. Lois was a pioneer in her time, she was one of 2 female physical educators in Fargo. She would hold court when the District had regular PE meetings. The AD and her fellow PE teachers never knew what hit them after she left the room, but she always knew what was best for kids and how to get it.
    Lois was the “mother of movement education” in the early 70’s and she put on many workshops at the state and district conventions. She also knew how to have fun at those conventions. Where there was laughter, there was Lois. Candis, Heather Jan A. and Jan C would have to agree with me, I’m sure.
    She was a supervising teacher for students nearly every quarter and she could weed out the good, the bad and the ugly pretty fast. She was tough, expected a lot of her student teachers but was always fair with them. She taught compassion, fairness, integrity and a work ethic, along with skills, knowledge and content. She scoured the community for auto tires, ropes, hoops, bean bag materials, boards for beams and whatever she could find to help kids be active. Her gym looked like a rummage sale in the making.
    Lois was always proud of “her” kids excelling in activities at South, and if a championship was earned, she took credit for the stars. She also was the only PE teacher I knew who corrected her students whenever she heard a grammatical error. When she left the gym at Jefferson, it was a loss to elementary students, but she did catch many of them again at Agassiz in her English classes.
    Lois’ first love was for her boys, Randy and Rolf. She was so proud of them. I always admired how she juggled single parenting with a full time career, but she never backed down from a challenge. Her family and friends will surely miss her, but her memories stay alive. I will always have nothing but fond memories of the “Silver Fox”, my friend and mentor, Lois Jacobson.

  35. Jan Oye says:

    Such a beautiful soul, thank you for the difference you made in my life and so many others. With deepest sympathy.

  36. Gayle Hyde says:

    Los was both a former teacher and a colleague. I remeber with a smile on her face and more energy than anyone else in the room. She will be missed.

  37. Steve schneider says:

    Lois Jacobson was just one of the many outstanding teachers I was fortunate to have in the early to mid 60s at Jefferson grade school. Sure she was firm at times but she truly cared for her students. My condolences to her family. Steve Schneider

  38. Joann Lawrence says:

    Fondly remember Lois and her flashy colorful ways. She lit up a room with her smile and colorful attire. She was always dressed to the nines and made you feel important each time you saw her. She will be missed by many. Rest in Peace dear one.

  39. Susan Hanson says:

    Randy & Rolf,

    Thoughts and prayers to both of you and your family. The time I was able to spend with Lois brings fond memories and smiles. Her zest for life was apparent; she was such a delight lady! She’ll continue to shine from above!

  40. Kathy Brant says:

    Lois Jacobson was a favorite teacher—she was my PE and science teacher in 6th grade—and a favorite person. I am so glad I had the chance to know her.

  41. Janet Freed says:

    Aw, Lois, where should I start!

    To the world, you were the consummate educator. You looked after every kid, not just the bright or capable or socially connected, but accepted and cared about even those who were difficult to love. You made each one feel important and worthy. That’s the biggest gift you can give to a child. You made children blossom and become better people. What marvelous gifts were yours!!!

    To me, you were a colleague, role model, confidante, nurturer, giver, funny and witty companion and inevitably, extra mother. You made me part of your famly, gave me courage in very dark timrs, and always welcomed me with a warm heart and open arms. I have always known how lucky I was that our lives came together. Yours was a magnificent example of courage, honor, humor and caring. I will miss you, and love you, dear lady, always!!

  42. Bill Olson says:

    I just read about Lois in the alumni magazine. Lois and her family are in my thoughts and prayers. I was fortunate to have taught at Jefferson while Lois was there. She was truly a “Teacher’s Teacher”…..

  43. Mozelle Huntley says:

    I knew her as Auntie Legs. This is Mozelle M. Huntley her niece, Betty was my mom. I always had a great time with her when I would go to visit family in N.D. and Mn. My condolences to Rolf and Randy and their families. I was looking up my mom and came across this. Auntie Legs sure had a beautiful smile. It was nice to see her in that photo. She and my mom looked similar. One other job Auntie Legs had was in the ship yard in Oakland CA. She came out to California after my mom did. They contributed to the War Effort, by working on ships for the Navy. 💪. The two of them were very strong independent women. They were way ahead of
    their time in movement for equally in the workplace for woman. It is nice to read how she was loved so dearly by so many people. The little farm family of 4 are reunited. Love to all that loved her. Mozelle.

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