Joan Jacobsen

                    May 23, 1938  -  August 17, 2011

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Joan Jacobsen, 73, of Watertown, died Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at Jenkins Living Center, in Watertown. Funeral services for will be 10:30 A.M. Monday, August 22, 2011 at Hayti Lutheran Church. Visitation will be from 3PM to 7PM Sunday at Hayti Lutheran Church. The family is asked to gather at 10:00 AM Monday at the church for a family service.

Joan Jorgenson was born on May 23, 1938 in Estelline, South Dakota to Monroe and Edla Jorgenson. She attended school in Hayti, South Dakota and graduated from Hayti High School in 1956 as Valedictorian. She then continued her education and graduated from SDSU in Brookings, South Dakota.
She married Dale Jacobsen on June 8, 1957 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lake Norden, South Dakota. Joan taught school in Florence, South Dakota, Harford County, Maryland, Lake Norden, South Dakota, Hayti, South Dakota, Hull, Iowa and George, Iowa.

Joan died on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at the Jenkins Living Center in Watertown, South Dakota at the age of 73 years.

Joan was a member of the Hayti Lutheran Church. She was a member and leader in 4-H for 25 years. She was the chairperson for the AEA #4 Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers for over 25 years, served on the George Good Samaritan Center’s Advisory Board, member of the Red Hat Society, taught Sunday School and wrote a column for local paper while living in George, Iowa. She enjoyed family get-togethers, her children’s and grandchildren’s activities, writing, public speaking and family history.

She is survived by a brother Don Jorgensen, of Clear Lake, SD; a sister Arvilla (Bob) Schaeffer, of Watertown, SD; a daughter Debra (Bruce) Wadsworth of Hayti, SD; three sons, Brian (Julie) Jacobsen of Hayti, Dean (Marla) Jacobsen of Spencer, IA, Brett (Laurinda) Jacobsen of Lake Poinsett; ten grandchildren, Travis (Michelle) Wadsworth, Tara (Matt) Abraham, Mindy (Dave) Martz, Brooks (Katie) Jacobsen, Bart Jacobsen, Barry Jacobsen, Derek Jacobsen, Marni Jacobsen, Jessica Jacobsen, Jennifer Jacobsen; four step grandchildren, Nicole (Gregg) Olawsky, Megan (Josh) Kaufman, Danae Van Roekel, Alex Van Roekel; ten great grandchildren; two step great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Joan was preceded in death by her husband Dale; her parents, three sisters, a brother; and a grandson, Brett Michael Jacobsen.




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Born: May 23, 1938

Place of Birth: Esteline, SD

Death: August 17, 2011

Place of Death: Watertown, SD


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Rude's Funeral Home
Brookings, SD