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Dorothy Marie (Becker) Jacobsen passes away at age 84

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Dorothy Marie (Becker) Jacobsen, 84, passed away on November 12, 2018 at Cumberland Pointe Health Campus in West Lafayette, IN. Previously, she had been a longtime resident of Chesterton, Indiana, for more than 60 years.

Dorothy (Dot) was born on September 5, 1934, in Gary, IN, as the only child to parents Marius and Vera Becker. She attended Indiana University-Northwest and worked at US Steel.

Dorothy married Henry William Jacobsen, Jr. on June 16, 1957, and was a stay-at-home mom until the loss of her husband on January 7, 1973.

Dorothy devoted her life to her children, Joan, Susan, Paul, and April, who at the time of Henry’s death ranged from 14 years to 4 months old. Dot went all out for holidays, making them magical for her children. She took her kids on driving vacations to Florida yearly. She was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader. She enthusiastically attended most of her children’s many events. At the 1976 Girls Sports Banquet, she received the MVP fan award for her support and for the many times she was the only parent at away events. She sent all her children to college and provided them a debt-free education. It was not easy being a single parent, but she always did it with such grace and love.

Dorothy was very close to her mother and mother-in-law, Frieda Jacobsen, and helped care for them as they aged. She was also very close to her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Janet and Roger LaHayne, who helped her raise her family. After Henry’s death, she worked at Jacobsen’s Inc. in Merrillville, IN; Joyce Manufacturing in Gary, IN; and Margie Korshak Public Relations in Chicago, IL.

Dorothy was long time member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Chesterton. She volunteered time to many church needs.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Jacobsen, Jr. (who was President of Jacobsens, Inc.) and her parents.

She is survived by her loving children Joan (Ken) Katzen of Argyle, TX; Susan (Vince) Hazard of Carol Stream, IL; Paul (Theresa) Jacobsen of West Lafayette; and April (Guiseppe) Villarreal of Simi Valley, CA. She is also survived by her 11 grandchildren (Erik, Mercedes, Cord, Jake, Wade, Courtney, Colton, Sophia, Sydney, David and Max) and Janet and Roger LaHayne.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later time and interment will be at the Chesterton Cemetery.


Posted 11/15/2018




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