Margie Eileen (Robinson) Jacobs

Jacobs, Margie Eileen, 92, of Waconia, died peacefully surrounded by all her children on December 3, 2018.  Preceded in death by her husband, Duane P. Jacobs (Doc); parents, William (Deb) and Lucy Robinson; brother, Ernest Robinson; daughter, Pam Carlberg; granddaughters, Katy Knutson and Sara Jacobs. Lovingly survived by children Robin Jacobs (Susan), Kurt Jacobs (Deb), Debby Knutson (Kent); seven grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.  

Margie was a devoted loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was born in Hawley Minnesota, attended the University of Minnesota, and settled in Springfield, Minnesota, with her husband, Doc, to raise their family. Not afraid to make her opinion known she was an advocate for herself and women breaking glass as necessary to independently set up her business teaching dance in the 1950s, first in her home, and eventually in the neighboring towns of Sleepy Eye and New Ulm. She choreographed musicals at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Sleepy Eye in the 60s.  For over 25 years she brought the joy of dance to thousands of students and their families. She was an active volunteer eager to provide leadership for any and all programs available to her children.  Margie was determined to ensure that her children completed their college educations and provided support as their careers and families grew. When Margie and Doc moved to Eagan to be closer to family, Margie found a new passion as a volunteer at the Minnesota Zoo accruing over 16,000 hours of service.  Margie and Doc downsized to an apartment in Chaska which allowed her to care for him as his Alzheimer’s worsened.  Finally, they moved to a senior’s residence with Memory Care for Doc and independent living for Margie where they were together every day for the remainder of their 66 years of marriage.  

Margie was a strong and spirited woman, tireless in her devotion to others, her family and her causes until the very end.  It was well known that her greatest source of pride was her husband, children and their families.  She will be greatly missed. The memorial service will be private.  Memorials preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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