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Johneen F. "Johni" Jacobsen
February 14, 1943 ~ December 10, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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Johneen "Johni" Jacobsen, a cherished artist and beloved wife and mother, passed away peacefully due to natural causes on December 10, 2023. Born on February 14, 1943, in Chicago, IL, Johni's life was a journey of creativity, love, and dedication, woven with the joys of family, art, and friendship.
Johni, daughter of the late Estelle and John Uppermann, grew up in a passionate and creative household that would define her life's work. She attended Crystal Lake High School, graduating with the class of 1960, before further nurturing her artistic talents through community college art classes and a variety of art seminars. Her sister, Marthleen Patterson, also predeceased Johni, leaving behind a legacy of sisterly love and shared memories.
Johni married the love of her life, John W. Jacobsen, and together they built a family rooted in love and mutual respect. Her creative spirit was not only evident in her personal life but also shone brightly through her professional achievements. As an award-winning artist, Johni's talents were recognized far and wide. She applied her skills to design and develop collectible teddy bears for the GUND Toy Company, and her ability to design and sculpt collectible teddy bears and dolls won the hearts of galleries and collectors alike.
Her work was not just a career; it was a calling that brought joy to many and served as an extension of her loving and friendly nature. Johni's legacy in the world of art will be remembered and cherished by those who had the pleasure of knowing her and her work.
She is survived by her devoted husband, John W. Jacobsen; her loving children, John M. Jacobsen and his wife Terry, and daughter Jodi Bastian and her husband John. Johni took immense pride in her role as a grandmother to Kellie Malsom (née Bastian) and her husband Casey, Connor Jacobsen, and Erik Jacobsen. The joys of her life were increased with the addition of her great-grandchild, Lucas Malsom.
Those who knew Johni will recall a woman of boundless creativity, a loving and friendly presence who brought light into the lives of all who crossed her path. Her zest for life was also evident in the time she spent with friends and family, cherishing every moment and creating lasting memories
Johni Jacobsen's life was a portrait of love and creativity, a life well-lived and well-loved. Her passing leaves behind a void that will be felt by many, but her spirit will live on through her art, her family, and the countless lives she touched with her kindness and her passion.
As we say farewell to Johni, we celebrate a life that exemplified the beauty of artistic expression and the deep connections forged through love and friendship. Her memory will be treasured forevermore by her family, friends, and all who were fortunate enough to experience the warmth of her smile and the touch of her