She was born February 7, 1925, in rural Hector, Minn., the daughter of George and Alice (Johnson) Raitz, Sr. Adeline was the youngest of seven children. Adeline attended rural country school through the eighth grade and then Hector High School where she graduated in 1943. In her high school yearbook, Adeline was known for her “pleasantness.” After graduation, she stayed on the family farm, helping her folks and later she moved with them into town. She taught Sunday School for 10 years in Hector at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Adeline worked for Hector Construction Company for eight years; first in Hector until the main office transferred to Caledonia, Minn., in 1952, when she moved to Caledonia and continued to work for the company as their bookkeeper. On June 27, 1954, she married Nilmer “Nick” Jacobson at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hector and he preceded her in death on December 7, 2010, after sharing over 56 years of marriage. Two children were born to this marriage. Once the children were in school, Adeline worked as a cook at the Caledonia High School for eight years. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Caledonia, where she was involved in church circle, serving groups, and activities. She also helped her husband with cub scouting. Adeline enjoyed many wonderful times at her family’s cabin on Diamond Lake and also camping at Money Creek with family and friends. She appreciated all of her wonderful neighbors and their friendship. Adeline was always ready to listen to music and regularly tuned in to Lawrence Welk. Going out to eat was one her favorite things to do. She was an awesome homemaker, excellent at record keeping, and was often busy working in her yard. Adeline could make you smile when you’d hear her say some of her goofy phrases such as, “stuck in the mud” or “holy cow!” Adeline will be remembered as a person who was so loving and kindhearted and devoted to her family and who cherished the time spent with them. Adeline is finally at home with her Lord and at peace after living many years with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Survivors include one daughter, Kathy (Gordon) King of Caledonia; three grandchildren, Wesley King of San Diego, Calif., and Nicolas (Amanda) King and Kristin (Chad) Aasum, both of Caledonia; four great-grandchildren, Riley Aasum, Loralei Aasum, Isaac King, and Jordan King; one sister, Arlein and her husband, J. Donald Anderson and one brother, George Raitz, Jr., all of Hector, Minn.; and many special nephews and nieces and their spouses on both sides of the family.
In addition to her husband, Adeline was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Larry Jacobson; one sister and her husband, Anna and Reinhold Foesch; three brothers and their wives, Norman and Irene Raitz, Melvin and Ila Raitz, and Gordon and Virginia Raitz; and two sisters-in-law, Carol Raitz and Lorraine Raitz.
Funeral services will be Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at 2:00 p.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Caledonia. Rev. Steven E. Meyer will officiate. Private family burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery at a later date. A visitation will be on Monday from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service at the church. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, (Caledonia Chapel), is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at www.jandtfredrickson.com.
The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the Mayo Clinic Health System Hospice Program for all the compassionate care that was given to Adeline in her home. Each and every one of the staff was incredible, so kind and helpful, and we thank you.