Eleanor Jacobs, 89, of Huntington Woods, died Feb. 11, 2008, in West Bloomfield. She was born Aug. 26, 1918, in New York City, to Henry Vanek and Wilhelmina Gasko. Except for a short period during World War II, Mrs. Jacobs lived in metro Detroit since 1920, including 62 years in Huntington Woods. She graduated from Cass Tech High School, worked as a dressmaker for Himelhoch's and worked on the Norden bombsite at Burrough's in Plymouth during World War II. She married Roy Jacobs on Aug. 3, 1940, in Detroit. Mrs. Jacobs will be remembered as an outstanding seamstress, great cook, creative gardener and talented oil painter. She enjoyed ballroom dancing with her husband and belonged to many dance clubs and the Cotillion Club of Beverly Hills. She also enjoyed swimming, riding her water bike, entertaining family and friends, and spending time at her family cottage in Portage Lake. Mrs. Jacobs is survived by her children, Jerry (Laura) and Judy Simcina; grandchildren, Jill Jacobs, Joy. acobs, Todd Simcina and Katelyn Simcina; and her fourth Sheltie, Kelly. She was predeceased by her parents; her stepfather, Joseph Pozojevits (Posey); sister, Olga, in 1976; and her husband of 66 years, Roy. Visitation will be Thursday from 2-9 p.m., and Friday from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. service at Wm. Sullivan and Son Funeral Home, 705 W.11 Mile Road, Royal Oak. Memorial contributions may be made to Hydrocephalus Association, 870 Market St., Suite 705, San Francisco, CA 94107. Online information at www.sullivanfuneraldirectors.com.
Published in The Daily Tribune on February 13, 2008.
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