Shirley Jacobek

Shirley Ginter Jacobek (Fredericks)

Sunday, September 21st, 1924 - Saturday, October 31st, 2020
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Shirley Ginter Jacobek, age 96, of Palos Park, IL passed away on October 31, 2020. She was born in Oak Park, IL on September 21, 1924 to Florence Ginter and Harold Fredericks. Her sister, Jean, came two years later. She spent her childhood in Forest Park and enjoyed summers in Crystal Lake with her beloved Grandma Lillian and Grandpa Walter.

Shirley met her husband, Warren, when both worked at the McLellan's Five and Dime Store in Forest Park. They were married for 68 years. Together they founded and operated Jacobek Insurance Agency. Warren preceded her in death in 2014.

Shirley was a committed member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Palos Heights and also an engaged member of the community her entire life.

Shirley was the epitome of a "life-long learner." She valued knowledge above all else. Reading was perhaps her greatest passion. Shirley was also a talented artist and particularly enjoyed developing her water painting skills. She was a woman of deep wisdom, intellect and creativity and will be greatly missed.

Shirley is survived by her two children: Kim Jacobek and Dr. Christine Jacobek, her grandchildren: Kelly Zednick (nee Jacobek), Kathryn Durkin (nee Jacobek), and Justin Jacobek. She was also a proud great-grandmother to her eight great-grandchildren: Madelyn, Audrey, and Emma Zednick; Thomas, Matthew, and Mabel Durkin; and Henry and Walter Jacobek.

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Marvin Aspen

Posted at 09:35pm

Dear Christine and Jacobek family, I have been privileged to have had the opportunity to get to know Shirley over nearly a decade. She was always kind and generous to me. She was a talented artist and I particularly enjoyed receiving her original watercolor greeting cards on special occasions. In conversation, even when ill, she was bright, curious and with a smile in her voice. I was particularly touched when witnessing the close and loving relationship between Shirley and Christine during Shirley’s last difficult days. They enjoyed a most beautiful mother – daughter relationship. May she rest in peace, Marvin Aspen


Posted at 09:39am
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs Jacobek. She was a wonderful and very gracious lady. I’m sure her lose will be felt by all those whose lives she has touched.

Lou And Mary Berardi.

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