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Obituary for Gilda Jacobson

October 3, 2020
McHenry, Illinois

Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, Cousin and Friend


Gilda Marie Jacobson of Wauconda was welcomed into the arms of God on October 3, 2020 after a brief battle with cancer.

Born in Chicago and raised in Lake Zurich, she was a 1971 graduate of Lake Zurich High School. She worked for the Department of Defense for seven years and then began her life career in 1979 at the Lincolnshire Police Department as the Administrative Secretary to the Chief of Police. She retired from there after 33 years of service in 2012.

Gilda lived life on her terms. She was a lifelong friend to many, enjoying times spent with them listening to music, chatting over meals, and meeting up to reminisce and just be together. She valued the friendships she developed with her luncheon and dinner groups from the Island Cafe and Wauconda Cafe. Most important, Gilda was devoted to her family and loved nothing more than to spend time with them. She loved her music so much that she often drove many to distraction with her turned up tunes during family gatherings.
Family history was very important to her and she shared many old family photos on social media to keep that history alive. She always looked forward to the times she would share these memories with her entire family including her dear cousins that were so much a part of the history and the stories she told. One of her favorite things was to sit on her sister's deck for hours enjoying nature. Considered the wild child amongst her siblings, Gilda was furiously stubborn about things that mattered to her while bearing her heart on her sleeve for those she cared for the most.

Gilda is preceded in death by her parents Meyer James ( Skelly) and Lena Jacobson, her brother-in-law Jim S. Gainer, cousins Rosalie and Debbie and her many aunts and uncles.

She will be forever remembered by all whose lives she touched.

She leaves behind her son Mike (Kim) Jacobson and three grandchildren Dylan, Savannah and Josh of McHenry. She is also survived by her four siblings, Chuck (Dora) Jacobson of Tarpon Springs, FL., Linda Gainer of McHenry, Dante (Becky) Jacobson of Bristol, WI., Tony (Lisa) Jacobson of McHenry along with many beloved nieces and nephews, Dana, Sandy, Robin, Jimmy, Nicole, David, Bryan, Lauwren, Amanda and Shelly, their spouses/partners, children and grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

A Celebration of Life for Gilda will be held at a later date.

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Colonial Funeral Home & Crematory

591 Ridgeview Drive
McHenry, IL 60050
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