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Penelope Kaye "Penny" Jacobson, 70, of Rockford, was called home December 27, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer. She passed peacefully in her home surrounded by family and friends. Penny was born Jan. 9, 1945 in Rockford, the daughter of Henry J. and Esther (Apitz) Hanson. She was a graduate of East High School class of 1962. She married Leonard "Lenny" Jacobson on Oct. 6, 1978. She worked at Aqua Aerobic Systems for eight years, One Stop Financial for 25 years, and District 205 for eight years and retired in 2005.
Penny is survived by her husband, Lenny; children, Peter (Lisa), Robert (Amy), Melinda (Vince) Schideman, and Kristina "Nina" Jacobson; and grandchildren, Marc, Ty, and Maggie Jacobson, and Lane and Tavia Schideman. Predeceased by her parents; and sisters, Jane (Bud) Recht and Carol (Rod) Stenger. She will be remembered as a loving mother, not only to her four children, but to countless others that called her "mom". Her home was always full of love, laughter, and friends, and her glass full of wine. She will be dearly missed by so many.
Funeral service will be at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, January 2, 2016 at Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, North Main Chapel, 2811 N. Main St. Rockford with Rev. Roger D. Smith officiating. Burial in New Milford Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:45 a.m. prior to the service. Memorials may be made to the family.

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  1. John & Alise Valukievic

    Dear Lenny, Pete, Robert, Melinda, Kristina & Families: We are so sorry for your loss of Penny. She was a wonderful lady. We loved her, too. May you find comfort in the Bible's teaching that she is not suffering in death. (Tonight we literally just read Penny's obiturary in the Friday January 1st newspaper we were going through & had no idea before now.) You & your families are in our hearts & prayers. Take care friends.

  2. Bob and Carolyn Frye

    A light has certainly gone out in the world with the death of Penny. She was my best friend in high school and was my maid of honor in my wedding. We have kept in tough for over 50 years. I have SO many wonderful memories of her. She was fun-loving but never laughed at the expense of others. I will miss her dearly. Last time I saw her was at my daughter's wedding more than 20 years ago. But we kept in contact. I'm so glad she was my friend. She taught me a lot. She had such love and such a quick smile. She always had a hug for people too. RIP Penny. You will be dearly missed. I love you.

  3. Diane Zabawa

    Lenny & Family: Just learned of Penny's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Penny was an integral part of my days at Aqua Aerobics. We worked closely together and I remember her terrific smile and how she always put others at ease. Your memories are God's gift to you; may they bring you peace.

  4. Cathy Adams

    Nina, so sorry to see your mom's obituary. I remember when she was fighting cancer as we were on OTW. I remember her when she was a little girl living on Shaw St. as the baby of the family. So many years have gone by, but it is a reminder that this is a small world. My thoughts & prayers are with you.

  5. tammy and hank lipinski

    We were so blessed meeting penny. She was forsure a happy fun loving lady ♡ With deep sympathy. May god bless and comfort all of you. " jacobsons " ♡ the lipinskis

  6. Larry Merryman

    So sorry for this loss, and so sorry I can't be there to say a final goodbye to an extraordinary and beautiful lady. We all loved you Penny Jacobson, because you made it easy for us to love you. Your legacy is your beautiful and loving family, and I grieve with them.

  7. Kathy and Herman Kussro

    Penny was a beautiful shining treasure. She brightened every day and fueled the glow in others. What a difference she made in the lives of those she touched and loved. There is a special place for Penny in heaven.

  8. Cheryl & Tony Zegunis

    So sorry for your loss. She will truly be missed by many. A remarkable woman. Love to all.

  9. shirley suess

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Penny has such a gift of hospitality and always made us feel so welcome in your home. My fondest memory of Penny is when she helped with the craft projects at Maywood Evangelical Free Church in the summers for Vacation Bible School. She used the gifts that God gave her to serve Him and His people.

  10. Bob and Tina Greene

    Dear Lenny and family, May God's Love surround you and comfort you during this painful time in your lives. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  11. Kevin and Ginger Elsasser

    Lenny and family, Our thought and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Penny was always a ray of sunshine, smiling whenever we would see her at the club. Her sweet smile will be missed by everyone.

  12. Frank & Sonja Beach

    Lenny, Sonja & I sorrow with you at this time. We appreciate our years of friendship. May God grant you His strength during this difficult time. You are loved..

  13. Pat Lewis

    Penny, you always had a smile on your leave behind lots of memories to be cherished by all. Give Mark a hug for me ❤️. Blessings to your family.

  14. Ralph & Becky Toro

    Lenny, Mindy, Nina, Pete, Rob and Families -- We are thinking of you all at this difficult time. Penny will be forever missed and there will be a huge void on Lookout Drive without her. She was a second Mom who loved our Andrea as one of her own. We had many great times together. She fought a good long battle and has earned her angel's wings. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  15. Sue and Tom Woodman

    Nina and family, We are so sorry of the loss of your mother. Just remember all the memories that you have made. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We love you with all our heart.

  16. Cheryl Zegunis

    The best thing my cousin did was to bring Penny into our lives. She was an inspiration to every life she touched. She was, and still is, a tiny giant of kindness and generosity. You are greatly missed by many, Penny. Love to you, your family, and your huge family of friends.

  17. Kathy Dawson

    So sorry for your loss of such a compassionate, loving women.She will always be remembered.

  18. Lynn Schemel

    My heart aches for the loss of this pretty, smart, funny and very generous woman. I am blessed for having known you and your family.

  19. Colleen Antonovich

    Penny will always be remembered as the epitome of happiness. She was the most welcoming woman and will be greatly missed. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  20. Jacquie & Dan

    Losing Penny is losing part of the Wedler family. Always here for everyone no matter what the event or occasion was. She was the most remarkable person we know. Prayers to all the family and all the people she touched in her life. Gonna miss you Penny.

  21. Ashley McMullin

    Nina, Mindy and family- I was so saddened to hear the loss of Penny. I have many fond memories of her from my allstar cheer days. She was an amazing woman who always brought happiness to the room. You all are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  22. Lon Schemel

    I can't think of a more welcoming and friendly person. She will be greatly missed.

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