Jacobsen, Eleanore M. (Nilles)
MONONA - Eleanore M. (Nilles) Jacobsen passed away after a long, full life on March 26, 2013.
She was born at home in Two Rivers, to Henry and Nellie (O'Connell) Nilles. She graduated second in her class from Washington High School and worked as a secretary at Hamilton's and the Manitowoc Shipyards before moving to Madison in 1945, where she took an office position. Eleanore married Orwin Gerald Jacobsen on April 3, 1948. They built a house in Monona and moved there in 1949.
She will be missed by her eight children, Chris of Stoughton; Ellen (Dan Howard) of Florida; Vicki Jacobsen Klump (Gerald) of Middleton; Patricia (Alan Gurevich) of Seattle, Wash.; David Pierce Jacobsen (Susan) of Sun Prairie; Paul (Shawn) of Dallas, Ore.; James of Monona; and Dean of Muskego. She will also be missed by her 11 grandchildren, Vanessa Taylor, Derek Pickard, Jamie and Melanie Klump, Kerry Hall, Elizabeth and Wolfgang Jacobsen, Jack Pierce Jacobsen, Madison and Logan Jacobsen, and Kaitlyn Jacobsen; and two great-grandchildren. Eleanore is survived by her brother, Dr. John (Bev) Nilles; brother-in-law, Daniel Scherer; sister-in-law, Helen Jacobsen; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Orwin; two children, Lee Andrew and Baby Jacobsen; grandchild, Jarred Jacobsen; her parents; two sisters, Marie Clark and Dorothy Scherer; her brother, Hubert Nilles; and son-in-law, Al Hall.
Memorials can be made to St. Stephen's Food Pantry in Monona, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, and Olbrich Gardens in Madison.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Monona, on April 2, 2013, and she was buried at Roselawn Memorial Park.