Esther Louise Amanda (Nibbe) Jacobson, age 93, of St. James, died Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at Pleasant View Good Samaritan Center in St. James. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 31, at First Lutheran Church in St. James, with Rev. Ken Bowman officiating. Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery, St. James. Arrangements were with Sturm Funeral Home, St. James. Family condolences may be sent online at www.sturmfh.com.
Esther was born Aug. 13, 1918, on the family farm in Cottonwood County, the eighth of nine children of William and Amanda (Jaster) Nibbe. She was baptized Sept. 8, 1918. She was a child of the Roaring Twenties and matured to adulthood during the Great Depression. She was confirmed in 1932, and graduated from Butterfield High School in 1937. She married Rudolph (“Pete”) Jacobson in 1943, and they had three daughters, Mary, Kristine and Joan. Esther held a remarkable number of different jobs during her long life. As a young woman, she worked as a maid, clothes model in a high-end dress shop, waitress and telephone operator. Her memory of the end of World War II was how all the lights on her switchboard lit up all at once. After the war, she worked as a full-time housewife and mother. In the mid-Sixties she began working at St. James Greenhouse, where her favorite task was, as she put it, “digging in the dirt.” Other jobs included the Watonwan County Library, a photography studio, the Red Owl deli, and babysitting. She also worked as a volunteer at VFW steak frys, for the United Transportation Union (“UTU”), the Food Shelf, Bloodmobile and the funeral committee at First Lutheran Church. She was also proud to be a regular blood donor. Her favorite pastime was reading and she passed along her love of books to her daughters. She also enjoyed gardening and playing cards. Her favorite game was 500.
Esther is survived by her daughters, Mary Evers (and her husband, Darald) of St. James, and Joan Jacobson (and her husband, Donald Rosenberry) of Lakewood, Colo.; grandchildren, Mark Evers (and his wife, Jennifer) of Comfrey, Michelle Missling (and her husband Matt) of Madelia, Mindy Houck of Rochester, and Alex Rosenberry of Lakewood Colo.; and great-grandchildren, Allyson, Trey and Adrianne Missling and Zoe and Cooper Evers. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Kristine; and eight brothers and sisters.