Klara M. Jacobs, 97, of Tomah, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, at the Serenity House in Tomah.

She was born Aug. 30, 1920, to Johann and Mathilde (Finkler) Leidinger in Germany.

She was united in marriage to Raymond Jacobs May 17, 1947, at Hersfeld, Germany.

He preceded her in death Sept. 4, 1997. After moving to the U.S., Klara and Raymond traveled throughout the country, due to Raymond’s military service and in 1962, they settled in the Tomah area. Through the years, Klara work as a cook for the Carlton, Ted’s Café and for several years at Fort McCoy, along with many other restaurants. She also taught German at WWTC for several years. Klara was a faithful and devoted member of Queen of the Apostles Parish and in the past was an active member of the PCCW as well as the RSVP. In her spare time, Klara enjoyed knitting, crocheting and of course cooking. Her authentic German dishes, especially Roladen and German potatoes balls, where just a few of her family favorites and she enjoyed cooking for many family gatherings. Klara had a kind and caring heart. Her positive outlook on life and kindness to others, along with her infectious smile has always been an inspiration to her family. Spending time with her family brought a special joy to her heart and she cherished the moments she was able to share with every one of them.

She is survived by six children, Christine (David) Schreier, of Tomah, John (Joanne) Jacobs, of Richmond, Va., Raymond (Marybeth) Jacobs, of Rock Springs, Wyo., Monika (significant other, Bill) Jacobs, Edward (significant other, Roberta) Jacobs and Mary Jacobs all of Tomah; 18 grandchildren, Debbie (significant other, Dennie) Antony, Robert (Cindy) Likely, Shelly (Dale) Trowbridge, Kim (Esdon) Lehn, Christopher (Leslie) Schreier, Cathy (Delvin) Salathe, Karen Schreier, Lori Jacobs, Todd (Lynn) Jacobs, Jimmie Ann (David) Gates, Bridget (Ryan) Antony, Katherine Jacobs, Karen (significant other, Corey) Calkins, Ron (Lois) Mashin, Randy (Kathy) Mashin, Richell (Joshua) Kufahl, Rhea (Tim) Best, and Nicholas Jacobs; countless great-grandchildren; a son-in-law, Dwayne Mashin of Tomah; a special grandson, Darren Aller; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond; a daughter, Jane Mashin; a great-grandson, Matthew Small; and nine siblings.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at Queen of the Apostles Parish at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 303 W. Monroe St., Tomah. Monsignor Richard Gilles will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited for a time of visitation from 9 a.m. until the time of the service Thursday at the church.

The Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be given at www.sonnenburgfamilyfh.com.

In her final words, Klara shared, “It’s leaving you all that is the hardest part, that hurts me. It was so sweet!” After that she repeatedly shared, “You don’t need to be afraid of what is coming. I am not afraid, I will be fine, I am ready to go.”