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Gayle Jacobs

Gayle D. Jacobs, age 77, Correctionville, passed away on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at the Cherokee Specialty Care of Cherokee.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, August 27, 2022 at 10:30 AM at the Grace Lutheran Church of Correctionville with the Rev. John W. Riebhoff officiating. Burial will be at the Correctionville Cemetery of Correctionville. A visitation was held on Friday, August 26, 2022 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM with a prayer service at 7:00 PM at the Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Correctionville. The Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Correctionville is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at

Gayle D. Jacobs was born May 21, 1945 in Sioux City, Iowa to Kenneth and Shirley (Green) Goodmanson. She graduated from Eastwood High School.

Gayle was united in marriage to John R. Jacobs, Sr. on January 9, 1962 at the Evangelical United Brethren Church Correctionville. To this union four children were born. Gayle loved John with all of her heart. She was a loving wife and took her role as a wife to heart. Gayle took care of John for 59 years; she definitely stood by her man. She dearly missed him after his passing on February 9, 2021.

Gayle worked for the Eastwood, then River Valley School District for 30 years, retiring in 2007. She made a huge impression on many students, staff and parents working at the school through the years. She took her position seriously and helped many along the way, but she also had lots of fun.

Gayle was always looking for ways to improve the school district and helped make great strides to better the district as well as the town of Correctionville.

Gayle was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. When her sons were younger she was a Boy Scout leader. Her hobbies included gardening, listening to the “oldies,” trips to the casino with John and finding a winery to enjoy a glass of wine. Gayle loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Cooking was something she enjoyed and she was always up to making a “free meal” for any family or friends who showed up to the house.

Holidays were so precious to Gayle; she looked forward to the decorating and preparing delicious meals. Even if not all of the family could celebrate with her, she never complained. Gayle’s friends were near and dear to her. She didn’t know a stranger and was so kind to everyone she met.

Gayle is survived by her children, John “Buck” (Nancy) Jacobs of Correctionville, IA; Bob “Bubba” (Nancy) Jacobs of Hermiston, OR; Sue (Scott) Durrenberger of Lavaca, AR and Carmen (Todd) Martin of Danbury, IA; grandchildren, David (Noelle) Jacobs of Elk Point, SD; Megan (Newt) Lingenfelter of Clarion, IA, Kayla (Jonathan) Erwin of Hoit, KS; Ashley Durrenberger (Logan Clements) of Greenwood, AR; Alyssa (Jatessa) Martin of Fort Dodge, IA, Kelsi (Kyle) Schneckloth of Cushing, IA and Cody (Sierra) Jacobs of Hermiston, OR; 13 great-grandchildren plus one on the way. She is also survived by brother, David (Jeannette) Goodmanson of Boynton Beach, FL; sister, Marsha Goodmanson of Sioux City, IA and sister-in-law, Barbara Rowse of Correctionville, IA and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John R. Jacobs, Sr.; parents Kenny and Shirley Goodmanson; parents-in-law, Clifford and Wanda Jacobs; brother, Earl Goodmanson; sister, Barbara Kramer and husband Thomas; and brother-in-law, Thomas Rowse.

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  1. Terry & Colleen Wright on September 4, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom.! Just found out today and feel bad we couldn’t be there for you. Terry was a classmate and we both have many good memories of her. Sending prayers and hugs to you all.

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