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Simon "Si" Francis JacobsonOctober 28, 1920 ~ December 29, 2017 (age 97)
Simon “Si” Francis Jacobson of Sharon, Pennsylvania, a member of the “Greatest Generation”, went home on Friday, December 29, 2017 at 11:08 AM while a patient at Saint John XXIII Home, Hermitage, Pennsylvania, following a period of declining health. He was 97.
Si was born at home in Sharon, Pennsylvania, on October 28, 1920, one of twelve children to Paul & Anna (Langosh) Jacobson.
Self was forgotten the day he left his home to defend our flag and to help keep our country free. Simon enlisted in the U.S. Army on July 29, 1942, and achieved the rank of Sergeant during his obligation. His decorations and citations include: European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with 4 Bronze Stars, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, and the WWII Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged from his duties on November 18, 1945.
Upon his return home, he met a gal by the name of Nellie Jean Muntean. They fell in love and exchanged vows on September 24, 1949. Together they started a family, and born to this union were 3 daughters: Linda, Diane, and Amy. To support his young family, he found employment as a sheet metal worker at Cowan & Dear Company, Sharon, which later became Jacobson Inc.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Sharon, and the Western Reserve Fish and Game Club, Mercer, Pennsylvania. In his spare time, Si loved camping and fishing. Many memories were made with his girls on his fishing trips. His favorite locations were the Shenango Lake & River, Allegheny River, as well as the Tionesta Creek.
Survivors include: his daughters, Linda S. Martino (Robert), Hubbard, Ohio, Diane L. Monsman (Mark), Transfer, Pennsylvania, and Amy M. VanVooren (Wade), Chaska, Minnesota; his 4 grandchildren, Julie L. Bernini (Matt), Jason M. Monsman (Lara), Morgan T. VanVooren, & Geena L. VanVooren; his 3 great-grandchildren, Sophie Monsman, Claire Monsman, & Stella Bernini; his sister-in-law, Margaret Jacobson; and his many nieces & nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Nellie, who passed on July 29, 2007; his granddaughters, Anna & Andrea Martino; and his siblings, John, Frank, Paul, Ray, Michael, William, & Robert Jacobson, Betty Davies, Madeline Mlakar, Anna Jacobson & Maria Jacobson.
A time of gathering to honor Si’s life will be held on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, from 10-11 AM in the First Assembly of God, 1455 N. Keel Ridge Rd., Hermitage. A celebration of life service will immediately follow at 11 AM. He will be laid to rest next to his bride in St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery, Farrell, Pennsylvania.
Expressions of sympathy may be left for his family at www.bricelandfuneralservice.com
As suggested by his family, memorial contributions can be made to the Saint John XXIII Home, 2250 Shenango Valley Fwy, Hermitage, Pennsylvania 16148.
Coordination of this tribute for Mr. Jacobson will be presented by Daniel Briceland, Owner & Director of Briceland Funeral Service, LLC, 379 State Route 7, SE, Brookfield, Ohio 44403 (330-509-3135).