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Jacob T. 'Jack' Jacobs

IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. - Jacob T. "Jack" Jacobs, 94, of Bradenton, Florida, formerly of Ironwood, Mich., passed away Friday, Jan. 5, 2024, at Inspired Living at Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton, Florida.

He was born on March 3, 1929, son of the late John and Doris (Dascola) Jacobs. Jack grew up in Iron Mountain, and graduated from Iron Mountain High School, class of '47. He attended Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsinonsin. While attending Northland, Jack opened his own Army Navy surplus store in 1950, which helped fund his college education as well as the education of his two brothers, Don and Paul, who also worked in the store and became a medical doctor and orthodontist, respectively. The legacy of this store has carried forward under the current business in Ashland known as Moore's Army/Navy. Jack continued his education by enrolling at the University of Wisconsin Law School, obtaining his Juris Doctor Degree in 1954.

Following graduation from law school, Jack moved to Ironwood and joined the law practice with the late Charles Santini. The firm grew over five decades and remains as Jacobs, McDonald & Silc, P.C. in Ironwood.

Jack married Marion J. Eriksen on Nov. 4, 1950, at the Congregational Presbyterian Church, Ashland, Wisconsin.

Jack was an active member of St. Simon Orthodox Church, Ironwood and St. Barbara Orthodox Church in Bradenton, Florida. While living in Ironwood, Jack served on numerous boards and civic organizations, including Kiwanis. He also served as both president and board member for the Ironwood Area School District as well as Gogebic Community College and was the founding member creating the Gogebic Community College Foundation which remains today.

He enjoyed golfing, hunting, and fishing on the North Branch of the Paint River, where he would go with his father, brothers, two sons, grandsons and nephews. Jack was especially proud of his Lebanese and Italian heritage.

Survivors include his loving wife of 73 years, Marion Jacobs; two sons, Nicholas (Joy) Jacobs, of Ironwood, and Dr. Barry (Mollie) Jacobs, of Washburn, Wisconsin .; two daughters, Lila (Dewy) Swick, of Norwood, Colorado, and Patti Bonacci, of Henderson, Nevada; one brother, Dr. Donald (Sally) Jacobs, of Iron Mountain; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Lorraine Jacobs, of Iron Mountain, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by one son-in-law, Jim Bonacci, and one brother, Dr. Paul Jacobs.

Visitation will be held Saturday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at St. Mary Orthodox Church. Funeral Services will follow at 11 a.m. Fr. Mark Hagan will officiate. A funeral mercy meal will take place after the service at the church. Burial will take place in the Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, in Crystal Falls, in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Gogebic Community College Foundation in Ironwood, or the charity of your choice.

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The family has chosen Jacobs Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Iron Mountain, to honor Jack's legacy of life.

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