Virgil Jacobs, 60
A celebration of life for Virgil A. Jacobs was held Monday, Oct. 8, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Upsala with the Fr. Ron Dockendorf officiating. Burial will take place at a later date.
Virgil was born Oct. 8, 1951, in Melrose to Edward and Veronica (Stueve) Jacobs. He graduated from Upsala High School in 1969. He married Lois Sobania June 28, 1980, in Opole. During their first few years of marriage, they lived in Sartell before moving to Upsala. Virgil worked in construction for most of his life while farming. In his later years, he was a welder, most recently at Polar Tank in Opole. Virgil enjoyed fishing in his free time, smoking his pipe and riding his motorcycle. In the summer he enjoyed planting his garden and tending his houseplants. He often joked about his “green thumb” as he smiled. He enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, brothers and sisters, family and friends. He was always proud of his grandchildren. Virgil had a nine-year courageous battle with cancer. Throughout those trying years, he maintained a positive attitude that the doctors said gave him strength and they were amazed how far it took him.
Virgil is survived by his children, Keith Jacobs (Dawn Schmits) of Paynesville, Kimmy (Dave) Dahl of Anoka, Stephanie Jacobs (Curtis Fischer) of Paynesville, Nancy (David) Stalboerger, of Spring Hill, Cindy Jacobs (Chas Stuns) of Sartell and Ronald Jacobs (Teriana Bense) of Upsala; grandchildren, Dylan Gertkin, Andrue, Mathew and Henry Stalboerger, Arrianna and Brianna Merritt, David Dahl, Hunter Stueck, Aiden Brannon and Holly Jacobs; brothers Vernon (Mary) Jacobs of Melrose and Jerry (Mary) Jacobs of Elmdale; sisters Marion Kurtz of Albany and Carol Ann Ritter of Long Prairie; and many loving nieces, nephews, and friends.
Virgil was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Veronica Jacobs, sisters, Lillian VanHeel/Velcamp, Delores Roerick, Darlene Ahrens; infant brother, Laverne Jacobs; and nephew Leo Jacobs.
Many thanks to all family, friends and fantastic neighbors that would do anything for Virgil at any time of the day no matter how little or big the task; this meant so much to him. Also, thanks to the St. Cloud Hospital Hospice, University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center and Dr. A. Dudek, the Albany Area Hospital and Dr. Nate Brever and the nursing staff. Virgil is now done “ticking people off.” We are grateful for the little time we had him with us and have many stories to remember him by.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.