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Helen Jacobson

October 17, 1932 - July 08, 2018


July 16, 2018
- 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Zion Lutheran Church of Amor, MN

Memorial Service

July 16, 2018
- 1:00 PM


Boulger Funeral Home

Helen Jacobson

October 17, 1932 - July 08, 2018


Helen (Syverson) Jacobson passed away peacefully on July 8, 2018 at Farmstead Care in Moorhead.

Helen Mae was born October 17, 1932 at home in Hoff Township, Pope County Minnesota. Her parents were Sidney and Ida (Lene) Syverson. She was raised on the family farm and attended school in rural Clontarf and in Benson, Minnesota, graduating in 1950. She attended St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota and transferred to St. Cloud State University where she graduated with an Elementary Education degree in 1953.

While at St. Olaf she met the love of her life, Robert Jacobson, and they were married on December 27, 1953 in Benson. The couple lived in Duluth, Minnesota, and then Robert joined the Air Force. They were stationed in Montgomery, Alabama, Seneca Falls, New York, and St. John’s, Newfoundland. While in Seneca Falls she taught kindergarten.

Upon Robert’s discharge from the Air Force they settled in Fort Dodge, IA. While in Fort Dodge she was a substitute teacher and was active in her church while raising three young boys. The family moved to Grand Forks, North Dakota in 1963, where three girls were added to the family. She was active raising her children, developing life-long friendships and involved in many community organizations and activities.

Otter Tail Lake was a special place in her life, where she treasured time with extended family and friends. She was designated as the beach neighborhood activities director, organizing cribbage tournaments, volley ball games and patio dances. Her caramel rolls were legendary and enjoyed by many.

Helen began her entrepreneurial phase in 1982, opening the Balmoral Square Ice Cream Parlor, employing her daughters. She purchased the Phelps Mill Store, opening in 1985, one week after her daughter’s wedding. She operated the store until 2001.

Bob and Helen purchased a home in Goodyear, Arizona in 1997. They enjoyed winters there together, along with many visits from family, until Bob’s passing in 2009. She continued to spend winters there until 2016.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert M. Jacobson, her daughter, Deanna (Jacobson) Stover, her parents and her brother, Luverne Syverson, brothers in law, Karl Jacobson, Ralph Shapey, and sister in law, Doris Syverson. She is survived by her sons Mark Jacobson, Richville, MN, Dan (Joy) Jacobson, Fargo, ND, Peter (Ann) Jacobson, Detroit Lakes, MN and daughters Joanna (Curt) Sommer, Lakeville, MN, Sarah (Greg) Cremers, Blaine, MN and grandchildren, Matthew Jacobson and fiancé Madison Krebsbach, Benjamin (Alyssa) Jacobson, Rachel (Jeremy) Pulling, Kyle (Kristen) Sommer, Allison Sommer, Erik Sommer, Emily (Parker) Lawley, Nathan Jacobson, Lydia Jacobson, Megan Cremers, Kayla Cremers, Jacob Cremers; two sister in laws, Elsa Charleston Shapey of Chicago, IL and Patricia Jacobson of Wheeling, WV, and several nieces and nephews.

The family extends deep gratitude to the staff of Farmstead Care and Hospice of the Red River Valley for the exceptional care they provided Helen during the final stage of her life. The family requests memorials to Zion Lutheran Church, Lutheran World Relief, or Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Visitation will be 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. with a memorial service following at 1:00 on Monday, July 16, 2018 at Zion Lutheran Church in Amor, MN.


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9 responses to “Helen Jacobson”

  1. Ramona Dalen Olsen says:

    I just heard of Helen’s death. I had been notified that she was in failing health so the news was not unexpected but it is always a shock when the end of life comes. Our friendship began when we were three years old when we entered the three year old Sunday School class at Immanuel Lutheran Church,Benson Minnesota and continued until now. Memories abound. My husband and her husband,Robert Jacobson were friends also and we often had dinner together in Battle Lake Helen loved life,her good husband and family. Her faith was evident in all that she did..

  2. Lori Pulling says:

    Mothers and Grandmothers certainly hold a special place in our hearts and our lives! Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your Mother and Grandmother. I will be praying that your faith will give you strength in this sad time and that our heavenly Father will comfort your hearts.

  3. Vonda Zomer says:

    To the family…so sorry for your loss! She was such a sweet lady and I loved her sense of humor! I will be thinking of your during this difficult time!

  4. Kermit White says:

    Sarah, Sincere condolences to You and your Family on the loss of your Mother. Thinking about you during this difficult time.
    your friend,
    Kermit White
    Chanhassen Mn

  5. Ida Morris, Bemidji, MN says:

    So sorry to hear of Helen’s passing. She was a good friend and bridge player. Our sympathy
    and prayers to the family.

  6. Kay Bendele says:

    My deepest sympathy to the family.

  7. Madelyn Camrud says:

    I am so sad to hear of Helen’s passing. I’ve known her since the sixties. She was the epitome of a good wife and Mother and almost never without a smile. Her long-term care for Bob was exceptional. It was always a joy to receive her Christmas card photos. Hers was a large family and she was so very proud of them. The world without Helen is absent of one very bright light.

  8. Anita Jonason says:

    We are so sorry to learn of your mother’s death, Peter. Having recently lost Neil’s mother, we understand the grief and sadness of loosing a parent, even if not completely unexpected. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Anita and Neil Jonason

  9. Rhea Benning says:

    May dear Helen Rest In Peace. She was a beautiful lady that always welcomed anyone into her heart, her home and into her kitchen! May you all find peace in knowing she gave her all to her family! You were her blessings! I’m so sorry for your loss! Rhea Benning

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