Marlys passed away on Aug, 17, 2017, at a nursing home in Cambridge.
Marlys Jean (Gerdes) Jacobsen was born in Crate Township, Chippewa County, July 18, 1936, to Peter and Elizabeth (Klatt) Gerdes. She was the youngest of eight siblings including five brothers: Rolland, Richard, George, Gerald, Julius; and two sisters: Elizabeth (Betty Luschen) and Vivian Wenzel. She was baptized on March, 1937, at Mt. Olive United Lutheran Church, and soon after they moved from the farm to the city of Montevideo. There she was confirmed on June 25, 1950, at Salem Lutheran Church. Being the youngest of such a large family, she got to enjoy growing up with her siblings as well as nieces and nephews that were near her own age.
She graduated from Montevideo High School in 1954. During high school, she worked at a drive inn restaurant where she also hung out with her friends and family who called her Gert. That is where she met Donald Jacobsen. He had been discharged from the U.S. Army and was working at his brother Charlie Jacobsen’s Dairy. Marlys became a proud military wife when they were married on June 18, 1955, at Salem Lutheran Church. The marriage made her family even larger as Don was the youngest of 10. Marlys loved the addition of more brothers, sisters and family.
They lived the army life, making homes and friends at many bases including Germany and North Carolina. Their own family grew by adding children David, Donald Jr. (and Gayle), Susan (and Michael Maslow) and Douglas. Don Sr. gave the ultimate sacrifice for his county and family when he was killed in action in Viet Nam in 1966. Marlys then made a new home in Maplewood, Minn., to be closer to her Gerdes and Jacobsen families.
Later she partnered with Roger Nelson and the family grew again to include two new daughters; Robin (and Dan) Marchetti and Julie Mathews. She also thought of Roger’s dad, uncles and aunts as more brothers and sisters. She and Roger moved to Pine Lake near Gonvick, Minn., where she made many more friends.
Marlys passed away on Aug, 17, 2017, at a nursing home in Cambridge. Among family mourning her death are her four children, two stepdaughters, partner, Roger, and other family members. Burial was at Fort Snelling Cemetery on Sept. 12, 2017.
Arrangements were handled by Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home, of Cambridge.
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