Stephen Jacobs

Stephen H. Jacobs, 93, passed away at Libby’s House on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer and dementia.

He was born March 30, 1928 to Robert and Cornelia (Welch) Jacobs in Gresham.

Stephen proudly served in the U.S. Army and was a member of Stockbridge American Legion Post 128. He was also a member of the Oneida Indian Nation.

He worked at Lake to Lake in Kiel for 40-plus years until his retirement in 1991. His hobby was his beloved hobby farm where you could find him outside puttering everyday on one thing or another, and working his land or tending a garden. He enjoyed raising pigs in his earlier years on the farm and sitting on his porch in his later years enjoying the beautiful view he had of Lake Winnebago.

Stephen married Kathleen Reffke in January 1955 at Sacred Heart Church in Appleton. They were married for 47 years until her death in November 2002.

They had four children together: Deborah (Paul) Roehrig, Daniel Jacobs, Dennis (Kimberly) Jacobs, and Connie (Chuck) Lisowe; 11 grandchildren: Tim (Marcia) Roehrig, Liz (Nick) Adcock, Michael Roehrig, Sarah (Troy) Rusch, Steven (Melissa) Jacobs, Kayla Lisowe, Casey Lisowe and friend, Becca, Tony (Nicole) Gates, Carrie (Chris) Juckem, Dr. Gina (Steven) Costello, and Jessica Cook; and eight great-grandchildren: Lauren and Tessa Roehrig, Teagan Adcock, Wren Rusch, Kaylee Jacobs, Trinity and Logan Cook, Sophia Costello, and one more on the way.

He married Lorna (Mueller) Bundy in May 2007; they enjoyed nearly 14 very happy years together. He has five step-children: Kevin Stanelle, Kendall Stanelle, Ken (Sue) Stanelle, Kurt (Terry) Stanelle, Lorelei (Ron) Wyman; step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. He is further survived by two sisters-in-law: Delores Jacobs and Karen Reffke; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Kathleen; in-laws Theodore (Georginnia) Reffke; brother Lester Jacobs; sister Caroline (Earl) Wood, Stella (Gary) Oman; brothers-in-law Theodore Jr. and Donald Reffke; a special aunt, Rose Bud Moon; special cousins, James (Hilda) Moon, Aryle (Erwin) Turnbloom and Norman Welch; nieces, nephews and step-sisters-in-law.

Private family services will be held Sunday, Nov. 7 from 2 until 4 p.m. with the service to follow at 4 p.m. at Wieting Family Funeral Home. A burial will be held at the Highland Memorial Cemetery in Appleton.

The family would like to thank Libby’s House nurses and staff for their care while their dad was there; also Heartland Hospice for their care and support during his final weeks.

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