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Karyn Jacobsen

Karyn "Kaye" T. Jacobsen, age 78, of Willmar, died Sunday evening, November 5, at  Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, November 11, at the Church of St. Mary in Willmar.  Burial will be in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.  Friends may call from 5-7 PM Friday at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar and at the church one hour prior to the services.  Memorials are preferred to the Humane Society of Kandiyohi County or to the Church of St. Mary.

Karyn "Kaye" Therese Jacobsen was born on February 27, 1939 in Minneapolis, MN, the ninth child of Walter and Evelyn H. (Therres) Rognrud.  She grew up in Columbia Heights and attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church for her first two years.  At the age of 7 she moved with her family to Detroit Lakes, MN, and attended Holy Rosary Catholic School and graduated from the Detroit Lakes High School in 1956.  Kaye continued her education and graduated from the Rogers & Brenner School of Cosmetology in Minneapolis is 1957.  On September 7, 1957, she was married to Gerald "Jerry" Gene Jacobsen and they made their home in Willmar, MN and raised 5 sons; Tim, Rick, Jon, Mike and Pat. Kaye worked with  Jerry in his business, Jacobsen Pump & Tank Company for 23 years, worked at Crown Hallmark, Total Image Salon in Spicer, was Business Manager for the Royal Court Family Salon, Elizabeth Arden Consultant at Herberger's, Manager of Super 8 Motel for 6 years, manager of Comfort Inn Hotel and front desk guest relations at Holiday Inn for 10 years retiring in 2006. She was active in her boys lives and was active in St. Mary's Scouting Troop 227,  was a member of D of I, instrumental in getting St. Mary's Fall Bazaar organized and a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.  She also served as coordinator for the Agency for International Visitors for the U of M and the Agency for International Development in Washington, DC, bringing foreign university students  to Willmar for over 30 years.  Kaye had a great love of animals and was very happy that this was passed on to the rest of her family.  She enjoyed cooking, baking, entertaining, music, and dancing and singing duets with Jerry, but she number one passion was her family and being "Nana" to her grandchildren or anyone else that happened to walk through her door.

Kaye is survived by her children; Tim of Oakdale, Rick (and Sheila Suski) of Rogers, Jon (and Janet) of Willmar, Mike (and Kristin) of Willmar and Pat (and Brenda) Jacobsen of New London, 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  Also surviving are 4 sisters-in-law; Ginny Jacobsen of Melbourne Beach, FL, Janie Rognrud of Burnsville, Eugenie Rognrud of Little Rock, AR and Mary Rognrud of Madison, WI, her 3 dogs, Georgi, Grayci and Gigi, her cat Logan and Tuki her parrot, 40 nieces and nephews, besides other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 53 years, Jerry, 5 brothers; Stanley, Roger, Richard, Dan and John Rognrud, 3 sisters; Jeanne Hoffstrom, Grayci Sultzback, and Margaret Schmidt, 3 nieces, 3 nephews, 1 great nephew and 1 brother-in-law, Tom Jacobsen.

Cemetery Details

St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery
1459 15th St. SW
Willmar, MN,


NOV 10. 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Peterson Brothers Funeral Home

700 Becker Avenue Southwest

Willmar, MN, US, 56201


NOV 11. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Peterson Brothers Funeral Home

700 Becker Avenue Southwest

Willmar, MN, US, 56201

Mass of Christian Burial

NOV 11. 11:00 AM

Church of St. Mary

713 12th Street SW

Willmar, MN, US, 56201


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Thank you Marcy:heart:

Brenda Jacobsen - November 07, 2017 at 04:16 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Marcy Hilbrands lit a candle in memory of Karyn "Kaye" Therese Jacobsen

Marcy Hilbrands - November 07, 2017 at 06:45 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Brenda, Pat, Jessica, So sorry to hear about this very beautiful and lovely lady.Mike & Deloris

Deloris O''Meara - November 07, 2017 at 06:40 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

What a wonderful BSP sister. When I moved to Benson she was such a great gal to greet me into the Willmar chapter and we have been close ever since. So sorry this happy, beautiful lady is off my Christmas letter exchange but God is glad to reward her. My deepest sympathy to her great family.

Dottie Vonderhaar - November 08, 2017 at 12:30 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Mike, Tim, Rick, Pat & JonI was shocked to learn about your mom. I had just talked to her last week and she was up and positive after her operation. I first met Karyn in the fall of 1955. I can still see her in my mind's eye. She was sitting on the couch, this petite, bespectacled, cute 17 year old; I was 22. I knew the Rognrud family well, especially Grayce, Jeanie, Peggy, Danny and Roger. We lost track of each other years ago and re-connected a few years before your dad died. We have been in touch ever since, and had lunch with her two years ago. I am still dumbfounded and I wholeheartedly regret that I will be unable to attend her funeral. With the best of wishes to you and your families, Sincerely,Joe LupinoSan Jose, CAdatcat3@sbcglobal.net

Joe Lupino - November 08, 2017 at 07:00 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Aunt Kaye had a smile that warmed up any room. Her eyes lite up like Santa Clause on Christmas morning. She was a child at heart, and loved life and every living creature. Aunt Kaye treated me like a daughter and I will forever cherish our phone calls, or chats at family get togethers, and most of all her always being there for me in my darkest days. Aunt Kaye was the one who you could count on in the good times and bad. She was always there to listen, give good advice and never in a hurry to hang up the phone. She had a laugh and unmistakeable voice. She always had beautifully polished fingernails, her hair was perfectly styled, and she had class, that came within. A beautiful lady inside and out, yet she made you feel like you were the most beautiful and important person in the room. She loved her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and all the great and grand great nieces and nephews. SHe loved her birds, and dogs and all of Gods' little creatures. She helped others, she gave help to any and all. Aunt Kaye was loved by so many and will be missed by all of us who were so Blessed to have had her in our lives. Her work here on earth is finally done, she can be with Uncle Jerry, and all of our family who I am sure were waiting for her at Heavens gate to welcome her home. Aunt Kaye, I can never thank you enough for all you have given to me, and to my family and to all of us. I will make you a pan of Special K bars in memory of you and when I see you again I will have a fresh pan in my hands for you. I love you and I will miss you and think of you everyday with a tear in my eye and a smile on my face as I will keep all of our memories we shared in my heart. Love always and forever,Leeann Hoffstrom

Leeann Hoffstrom - November 09, 2017 at 08:38 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Ron & Linda Dolan and family purchased the Love's Embrace Roses - White for the family of Karyn "Kaye" Therese Jacobsen.

Ron & Linda Dolan and family - November 09, 2017 at 11:01 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Dish Garden with Fresh Cut Flowers was purchased for the family of Karyn "Kaye" Therese Jacobsen.

November 10, 2017 at 09:54 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Pat,Sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. She is a wonderful woman and will be missed. I have fond memories of our times together at her home. Marty & Shelly Wold

Marty - November 10, 2017 at 11:40 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

What a sad day indeed. Miss you my beautiful friend and neighbor.. per your request, and the love we share in our animals, I've donated on your behalf to the Kandiyohi Humane Society..:heart::heart:

Judy Anderson - November 16, 2017 at 09:15 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM