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Elsa Jakob Obituary
Elsa Jakob, of Brookline, passed away peacefully in her sleep, in her home, on January 27, 2018, at the age of 96. She was born on February 3, 1921 in Vienna, Austria, the daughter of Julius and Irene Schwarz. The events leading up to World War II led her family to emigrate to the U.S. in 1937. They settled in Chicago and later moved to New York City. Elsa married Julius Jakob in 1949 and they moved to Memphis, Michigan in 1951, where they ran a dairy farm until 1967, when her husband passed away. Elsa received a Bachelors degree from Oakland University and taught in the New Haven, Michigan public schools for 25 years. Elsa moved to Brookline in 2001 to be closer to family. Elsa was a world traveler and adventurer, and many of her most notable accomplishments in that regard, such as whitewater rafting and zip-lining in the wilds of Costa Rica and riding an elephant in the jungles of Thailand, came in her later years. Elsa had a special fondness for elephants, and adopted the elephant named Tarra at the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. She was also a generous donor to many environmental and humanitarian organizations. Elsa kept in close contact with many of her students from New Haven, and always maintained that those long-term relationships were her proudest achievement. Elsa is survived by her son, Steven, and daughter-in-law Audrey Prager of Newton; her grandson Joshua Jakob of Newton and her granddaughter Danielle Jakob of Brooklyn, NY; and her nephews, Mark and Chuck Schwarz of Chicago. She is pre-deceased by her parents, her husband Julius Jakob, and her brother and sister-in-law Erich and Ruth Schwarz. A memorial celebration will be arranged in the Spring. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee or to the American Indian College Fund in Denver, Colorado.
Published in The Brookline Tab from Jan. 31 to Feb. 15, 2018
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