STERLING – Norbert Jakobs, 91, of Sterling, died peacefully Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, at his home, surrounded by loved ones.
Norbert was born Dec. 9, 1925, in Oldenburg, Germany. Norbert and his parents, Samuel and Resy, and brothers, Manfred and Dolf, moved in 1938 to Nymegen, Holland. After being in hiding for nearly 3 years during the Nazi occupation, he immigrated in 1947 to the U.S. Norbert worked on various farms in New York and Forreston, before deciding to go off on his own. In 1950, he bought his first pasture outside of Coleta, which was the beginning of Jakobs Brothers Farms.
While at a sale barn in Madison, Wisconsin, Norbert met a fellow cattle dealer by the name of Nathan “Nikko” DeLevie. Nikko invited Norbert to his home, where he was introduced to his daughter, Edith DeLevie. On May 25, 1951, they were married. Shortly after, Norbert enlisted in the Army and served honorably in the Korean War. Upon his return, he joined in business with his brothers, and continued farming and buying cattle until 2015. He was a member of Temple Shalom in Sterling.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Edith DeLevie Jakobs of Sterling; his children, David (Margo), Sandra, Timothy (Stefanie), and Patricia (Alan) Kaplan; nine grandchildren, Nikolas (Katie), Alexander, and Bryce Jakobs, Aaron and Alexis Kaplan, Hannah Jakobs, Sasha and Dmitry Jakobs; two great-grandchildren, Taylor and Emma Jakobs; as well as grandchildren of his heart, Ricky (Hannah) Gonzalez and Thomas and Jackson Colucci; and brother, Dolf Jakobs.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, and the funeral at 11 a.m. Friday at Schilling Funeral Home and Cremation. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Sterling.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Rock River Hospice & Home in Sterling, in grateful appreciation of their compassion.
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