Sylvester C. Jacob

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Sylvester C. Jacob, age 72 of Middleton, formerly of Jefferson, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at Oak Park Place in Middleton from Alzheimer’s.  He was born on April 26, 1940 in Medina son of the late James and Eunice (Fisch) Jacob.

Sylvester worked at Hartwig’s Poultry Farms as a Foreman for many years until its closing.  He then went to work for Wis-Cold Packaging in Milwaukee until he retired in 2004.  He served in the United States Army, and was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Jefferson.

He will be deeply missed by so many including his daughter; Rebecca (Brian) Mayhew of Middleton, and son Brian (Leslie) Jacob of Fort Atkinson, and grandsons; Alex, Max, Zachary and Tyler Mayhew all of Middleton; and Daniel Jacob, Tanner and Easton McGowan all of Fort Atkinson. Other surviving family include sisters and brothers; Betty (William) Behm of Waterloo, Lois Jacob of Columbus, James Jacob of Lake Mills, Jerry (Judy) Jacob of Jefferson, and Harold (Deb) Jacob of Marshall, sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws Jeanette Jacob of Beaver Dam, Judy Jacob and Dave Bakken of Marshall, and Jerry Karsteadt of Kiel many nieces, nephews and friends. He is preceded in death by his; parents, sisters and brothers; Judy Bakken, Sally Karsteadt, Phyllis Jacob, Jerome, Russell, and Earl Jacob and an infant brother.

One of the greatest joys for Sylvester was spending time with family. He loved to be with his grandsons doing whatever they enjoyed and going for a drive to see the countryside and which siblings were home so he could drop in and see them. Later in life he traveled to see his daughter and her family in Arizona, Georgia and even Hawaii.  He was a man of few words, simple means and an extraordinary heart.  He had a soft spot for animals and enjoyed quiet walks by the river and drives in his car.  He loved new cars, especially red ones and working with his hands either in the raised gardens he built, woodworking or helping his kids at their homes.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday December 3, 2012 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jefferson with the Rev. Mark O. Bartsch officiating.  A private family burial was scheduled to take place at a later date.  Visitation was on Monday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services.

Memorials may be directed to St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jefferson or to Agrace Hospice Center; 5395 East Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711.

The family wishes to thank Agrace Hospice who gave so much compassion and friendship to Sylvester and the family during the last 6 months and especially the last 3 days; and also to the many special caregivers, nurses, administrators and staff of Oak Park Place in Middleton.  Your kind words, special touches, hugs, jokes, laughter, sweet glances and tenderness toward Sylvester will always be remembered.  Thank you.

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