Margie Jakobsmeier LUBBOCK-Margarethe Eda Gerstenberg was born on her mother's birthday, May 3, 1925, in Wiesbaden, Germany. She was the third daughter and last child of Louise and Eduard Gerstenberg. Her parents had their clock and watch shop across the street from the Kaiser's palace because her father was the official Uhrmachermeister for the Kaiser. A strong-willed, creative, free-spirited child, Margie performed with the children's group of the Wiesbaden opera house. After completing school, Margie wanted to attend the Berlitz Language School in Berlin, but politics of the war dictated that she become a short-wave radio operator for the Luftwaffe. She was a member of a team that transcribed coded messages, working the night shift. In defiance of the Nazi laws, Margie secretly listened to the BBC until she was caught by her superiors and sent to a detention camp for six weeks. She continued to defy the Nazi laws by keeping her American jazz records and treasured American books in a safe deposit box in the bank. Margie met Fritz Jakobsmeier on a blind date arranged by a mutual friend who told her that Fritz would bring his camera and take some professional photos of her. Fritz surprised her by showing up for the date without his camera which really displeased her. But with his natural charm, intelligence, and sense of humor he quickly won her over and they were married on Sept. 17, 1944, in the Markt Cathedral, Wiesbaden as the Allies were dropping bombs on the city. Margie spent the duration of the war in Jena, living with her mother-in-law because there was less bombing. This turned out to be a blessing because her parent's store and home were bombed out twice in Wiesbaden. During the occupation under the Russians, Margie and Fritz, ever resourceful, found means to survive till they escaped back to American occupied Wiesbaden. There Fritz applied his technical training at Zeiss and camera expertise to study watch making and clock repair and became a watch maker master working with his father-in-law, while Margie raised two girls at home. Margie and Fritz made many lifelong friends among the American military forces who encouraged and eventually sponsored the Jakobsmeier family to immigrate to the United States. The family arrived on Jan. 1, 1953, and came straight to Lubbock, Texas, to begin a new life and business. Margie and Fritz chose Lubbock because of the romance of living in Texas on the Llano Estacado, which they had read so much about. Fritz and Margie opened their store, the Hourglass, in downtown Lubbock in 1957 where they quickly made many friends and acquired a fine reputation because of their dedication, enthusiasm, tireless energy, and genuine love for Lubbock and its inhabitants. Margie, with her easy rapport and genuine interest in all people, was the heart of the business and made many lifelong friends. Margie also supported Fritz in their numerous civic activities and, like Fritz, was named a Harris Fellow by Rotary International. Margie shared Fritz's passion for classical music supporting their Music of the Masters on F.M. radio, the Lubbock Symphony, Lubbock Civic Ballet, the Ranching Heritage Association, the Texas Tech Museum, and the International Cultural Center. After thirty-five years they closed their shop and worked at home, Fritz repairing watches and Margie working on jewelry. Margie was a genuine and generous friend who loved people and always remembered her friends' birthdays, a voracious reader, she loved her books, classical music, her beloved dogs, and her roses till the end of her rich and full life. Her entire life, Margie had embraced enthusiastically all things American and she cherished her life and friends in Lubbock, never wanting to live anywhere else. The sole bumper sticker on her car said, I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as soon as I could. Margie is survived by two daughters, Julie Storey of Lubbock and Gabrielle Schweikart and husband, Karl of Dallas; two grandchildren, Robin Dunn and Jason Storey of Austin; and two great grandchildren, Daniel Dunn and Abigail Dunn of Austin. Margie was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-six years, Fritz Jakobsmeier in Sept. of 2010, and her son-in-law, Dr. James B. Storey in July of 1988. In place of flowers, Margie requests donations be made to Meals on Wheels, the Humane Society, or
. Family and friends will gather to celebrate her 89 years of life at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. To view tributes and leave your words of encouragement visit www.memorialdesigners.net.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on July 30, 2014