Esther R. Jacobs, 98, passed away March 11, 2020

Esther R. Jacobs, 98, of St. Joseph, passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at The Willows.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2020, at 12PM, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Rabbi Nelson officiating. Burial will follow at B’Nai Sholom cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Those wishing to leave a memorial contribution online may do so at

Esther was born on June 2, 1921, to Max & Chana (Shavitz) Nemzin in Chicago, IL. She married her high school sweetheart, Elwood Jacobs, and in the early 1950’s the couple moved with their two young children to Benton Harbor. They later made their home in St. Joseph.

Esther is survived her daughter Barbara Boydston; grandchildren Craig Boydston, Rachel Jacobs Krieger, Rebecca Jacobs and Helena Sillman. She will be deeply missed by niece Rhonda Star Heisler and nephew Marc Star.

Esther was preceded in death by her husband, Elwood Jacobs; parents, Max & Chana Nemzin; son Glenn Jacobs; siblings, Sol, Mike, George, June, Fern, and Sylvia. 

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