Avanell Jacobson, age 87 of Ortonville died on April 2, 2018, at Fairway View Neighborhoods in Ortonville.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, April 6 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Ortonville. Padre David Garza will officiate and burial will be at Mound Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Mundwiler and Larson Funeral Home in Ortonville on Thursday from 5 – 7 p.m. A Rosary will be held at 4:30 p.m. Visitation will continue on Friday, one hour prior to the Mass at the church.
Casket bearers will be: Caleb Jacobson, Logan Jacobson, Ben Jacobson, Zach Jacobson, Branda Jacobson, Dan Jacobson, Riley Jacobson, and Tennie Jacobson. Honorary bearers will be: Rose Lichty, Neil Young, Lael Jacobson, the staff and residents at Fairway View Neighborhoods, and the staff at Ortonville Area Health Services.
Avanell Marie Jacobson was born on June 24, 1930, in Watertown, SD. She was the daughter of Gustave and Theresa (Ronke) Marquardt. She grew up on the family farm near Florence, SD. Avanell attended country school through the eighth grade, and graduated from Watertown High School.
Avanell met her husband, Eugene Willard Jacobson, on a blind date. They were united in marriage on June 19, 1951 in Florence, SD. Together they farmed northeast of Ortonville and upon retirement, they moved to Ortonville.
Avanell was a faithful and long-time member of St. John’s Catholic Church and was active with the ladies circle and Bowl of Love. Avanell always enjoyed sharing afternoon coffee with friends. She was an avid walker and loved to garden, raising vegetables and flowers. She enjoyed embroidering dish towels and giving them as gifts. She was a Minnesota Twins fan and loved to read anything by Louis L’Amour. Cooking and baking for family was her passion, and she will always be remembered for her “famous” O’Henry and SpongeBob Bars. Most importantly, Avanell treasured time spent with her family and friends.
Left to cherish her memory are her children: Bruce Jacobson of Pierre, SD; Brent (Dorla) Jacobson of Clinton, MN; Barbara Young of Libby, MT; Bradley (Sonda) Jacobson of Harris, MN; grandchildren: Ben Jacobson (fiancé Kenzi); Dan Jacobson; Caleb (Megan) Jacobson; Logan (Sarah) Jacobson, Lael Jacobson; Rose (Tyler) Lichty; Neil Young, Zach (Kaitlin) Jacobson; Branda Jacobson (fiancé Matt); Riley (Sherahlynn) Jacobson; and Tennie Jacobson; great-grandchildren: Linnea Jacobson and Lucia Jacobson; brother, LaMar (Dee) Marquardt of Watertown, SD; and sister-in-law, Joan Marquardt of Watertown, SD. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gene; and siblings: Laverne Marquardt and Lavonne Robbins.