Sara Jacobsen

Sara Jane Jacobsen (nee Swanson) passed away December 6, 2019 in Arlington Heights, IL. She was born in Minden, NE (1941) to Viola and Herbert Swanson. She grew up on the family farm east of Wilcox, graduating from Wilcox HS in 1959. She proudly carried her frugal farm-girl upbringing into the Chicago suburbs where she lived for 53 years. Sara earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education (1963) from what was then called Kearney State College. For the past 34 years, Sara was a teacher’s aid for special education students first at Wheeling HS and then Hersey HS. She was passionate about her work, believing that every minute of her time was well-spent, and she was passionate about her students, believing that every one of them was worth knowing and loving. Sara was a meticulous seamstress who could create everything from wedding dresses to ringmaster tuxedos. She was also a long-time devoted choir member at The Orchard EFC church. Sara was known to all as a faithful, humble, kind, and gentle person whose confidence was found in Christ. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and granddaughter Alisa Ruth Miller. She is survived by her husband Erwin; her three children Crystal (Mark Kirgiss), Camille (Philip Miller), Derek (Shae Jacobsen); nine grandchildren; and her three siblings JoAnn (Swanson) Rostyne, Janette (Swanson) Stanek, and Robert Swanson.