Diane L. Jacobson died on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021, at her home in Sturgeon Lake, finishing a life well lived. She was 79 years old.   

She was born in Moose Lake on Jan. 20, 1943, to Harold and Myrtle Nelson and grew up on the family farm in rural Sturgeon Lake. She attended Sturgeon Lake Elementary and graduated from Willow River High School at the top of her class in 1961.

Her early and mid-adult years spent as a dedicated wife and mother of twin boys, she helped family members whenever and wherever work was needed. She volunteered to serve her community and willingly shared her beautiful voice with solos at many, many area weddings and funerals. She began her service to Faith Lutheran Church in 1972. Her special brand of dedication is evidenced by 49 continuous years of service, playing the organ every Sunday and every special occasion, right up until five weeks before her death.

She was employed at Department of Corrections-Willow River and FCI Sandstone where she was respected and appreciated for her precision and diligence. She also volunteered her skills on the Sturgeon Lake City Council, and served as treasurer of the Blomskog Cemetery Association and Northeast Minnesota ELCA Women’s Board.

She was a lifelong witness to the grace and love of God. Although soft-spoken, she was unapologetic in standing up for her beliefs. Her love of extended family, willingness to make time for others sharing her talents will long be remembered. Her love for and encouragement of her sons cannot be overstated.

She loved and was committed to God, her family, her community, her love for music including a special talent for Christian vocals and keyboards.

Her last 24 years were enjoyed with her partner, Jon Nystrom. Their common interests and thoughtful dispositions fit together. They enjoyed outdoor activities including snowmobiling until recently. They enjoyed dinner parties and frequent family gatherings.

Her family is especially grateful for the uncommon, extensive comfort and care provided by special friends Mary and Russ Jacobson.  

The excellent life of Diane was made of skills and talents well used and her undying compassion for family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Myrtle Nelson; twin brother, Dale Nelson; and brother, James Nelson.

She survived by sons, Ronald and Richard Jacobson, Sturgeon Lake; brother, Donald (Karen) Nelson, Sturgeon Lake; sister-in-law, Beverly Nelson, Sturgeon Lake; partner, Jon Nystrom, Sturgeon Lake; many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. 

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, in Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake and continue from 1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. funeral service on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021 in Hope Lutheran Church, Moose Lake. Masks will be required at both events. Burial will be in Blomskog Cemetery, Moose Lake. Arrangements by Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.

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