Martin W. Jacobson

Oct. 26, 1909 - June 23, 2007

Martin W. Jacobson, 97, died to eternal peace with our Lord on Saturday, June 23, 2007, at his new home on their Century Family Farm land.

He was born Oct. 26, 1909, on the farm in Waukesha County, the son of Martin O. and Christina (nee Beilfus) Jacobson.

He was united in marriage to Leona Wollman on Nov. 7, 1936, and the two remained wed for 70 years.

Martin attended Washington Grade School and graduated from Waterford Union High School. He began his working career off the farm at the Mitchell Macky building on the corner of East Michigan and North Water streets in downtown Milwaukee. He is pictured in his white shirt and jacket in a July 8, 1935, Milwaukee Sentinel advertisement for the just-modernized Mitchell Building with its newly installed Westinghouse passenger elevator, which he ran. Martin later attained a similar position at the Northwestern Mutual Insurance building on Wisconsin Avenue.

During World War II, he worked for Allis Chalmers and also rented and operated the farm adjoining his parentís farm. When his brother-in-law, Art Mehring, returned from the war, the two formed a successful partnership after buying and operating the Jacobson & Mehring Dairy Farm. Martin always remembered with pride and joy their working relationship.

Leona and Martin were involved in founding the Fox River Saddle Club. He, along with his daughter Joey, rode with the club in the first circus parade in Milwaukee. In retirement, Martin and Leona returned to the Jacobson family farm and he drove a school bus for Washington Elementary School, where he also served as a board of education member for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Leona, and their daughters, Sandra (Kenneth) Heberling and JoAnne (Robert Sr.) Ferguson. He is further survived by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Michael (Theresa) Heberling, and Kent, Catherine and Cecilia; Timothy (Carrie) Heberling, and Hanna and Hailey; Theodore (Lisa) Heberling, and Barbara (James) Jones, Brianna, Broderick and Brooklyn; Rebecca Heberling, and Alex, Mary and Lyta Muszytowski; and Robert Ferguson Jr. In addition, he is survived by his brothers, Norman, Orville (Joan) and Warren, and sisters-in-law, Catherine Jacobson, Eva Mayer and LaVerne Wollman. He will always be remembered fondly by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Christina Jacobson; brothers, Harley (Alice), Chester (Carol) and Goodwin; sisters, Marion (Arthur) Mehring and Lorraine (Martin) Powell; and great-grandson, Erik Heberling.

A visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. today, June 27, at Hartson Funeral Home, 11111 W. Janesville Road, Hales Corners. Another visitation will be held from noon until the 1 p.m. funeral service Thursday, June 28, at St. Paulís Evangelical Lutheran Church, S66-W14225 Janesville Road, Muskego.

The family wishes to offer very special thanks to caregiver Jane Finger from ADL Mukwonago and also all of the very special and loving personnel from Seasonís Hospice, Milwaukee, for which the family will always be eternally grateful.

Memorials in Martinís name are appreciated to the Waukesha County Department of Senior Services or St. Paulís Lutheran Church.

Hartson Funeral Home, (414) 425-9797, is serving the family.