Simon "Si"'s Story
Simon "Si" Francis Jacobson, 97, of Sharon, a member of the "Greatest Generation", went home on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 at 11:08 a.m. while a patient at Saint John XXIII Home in Hermitage, following a period of declining health.
Si was born in Sharon on Oct. 28, 1920, one of 12 children to Paul and Anna (Langosh) Jacobson.
He was selfless when he left his home to defend our flag and to help keep our country free. Simon enlisted in the U.S. Army on July 29, 1942, and achieved the rank of sergeant during his obligation. His decorations and citations include: European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with four Bronze Stars, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, and the World War II Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged from his duties on Nov. 18, 1945.
Upon his return home, he met a gal by the name of Nellie Jean Muntean. They fell in love and exchanged vows on Sept. 24, 1949. Together they started a family, and born to this union were three daughters: Linda, Diane, and Amy. To support his young family, he worked as a sheet metal worker at Cowan and Dear Co., Sharon, which later became Jacobson Inc.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sharon, and the Western Reserve Fish and Game Club in Mercer. In his spare time, Si loved camping and fishing. Many memories were made with his girls on his fishing trips. His favorite locations were the Shenango Lake and river, Allegheny River, as well as the Tionesta Creek.
Survivors include his daughters, Linda S. Martino (Robert), of Hubbard, Ohio, Diane L. Monsman (Mark), of Transfer, and Amy M. VanVooren (Wade), of Chaska, Minn.; his four grandchildren, Julie L. Bernini (Matt), Jason M. Monsman (Lara), Morgan T. VanVooren, and Geena L. VanVooren; his three great-grandchildren, Sophie Monsman, Claire Monsman, and Stella Bernini; his sister-in-law, Margaret Jacobson; and his many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Nellie, who passed on July 29, 2007; his granddaughters, Anna and Andrea Martino; and his siblings, John, Frank, Paul, Ray, Michael, William, and Robert Jacobson, Betty Davies, Madeline Mlakar, Anna Jacobson and Maria Jacobson.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Saint John XXIII Home, 2250 Shenango Valley Freeway, Hermitage, PA 16148.
Simon "Si" Francis, 97, of Sharon.
Calling hours: 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday (1-3-18) at the First Assembly of God, 1455 N. Keel Ridge Road, Hermitage.
Service: A celebration of life service at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
Burial: Next to his bride in St. Anne's Catholic Cemetery, Farrell.
Expressions of sympathy may be left for his family at www.bricelandfuneralservice.com
Arrangements by BRICELAND FUNERAL SERVICE LLC, 379 State Route 7, S.E. Brookfield.
Published on December 31, 2017