Vivian A. JacobsonVivian Jacobson, Frazee, Minnesota died Saturday November 1, 2008 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota at the age of 92
Vivian Jacobson, Frazee, Minnesota died Saturday November 1, 2008 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota at the age of 92
Vivian Rauk Jacobson was born December 10, 1915 in Esmond, North Dakota to Hans and Sophie Rauk. She graduated Salutatorian from Esmond High School at the age of 14 and entered Moorhead State College at the age of 15. She majored in Music, Dramatics, and Education; participating as a member of the choir, orchestra, band, and accompanist as well as taking part in many dramatic works. She also was and continued to be a die-hard sports enthusiast, participating in Basketball, Softball, and Volleyball. She was also an MSC Cheerleader. Vivian graduated after two years and was given a special permit from the North Dakota State Dept. of Education to teach, because she was just 17 years old.
Vivian’s first job was as a teacher at a one-room schoolhouse in a Russian community near her hometown of Esmond. She went on to teach another 9 years in North Dakota Elementary Schools and High School Music in Belgrade, Minnesota where the choir won national honors. In 1943, she taught at Lake Crystal, Minnesota, where her choir put on musicals sponsoring Bond Sales and funding for ARC and USO.
In 1945 she was named Program Director of the European Theatre of War. Vivian was honored to play the “Funeral March” with the Bastian Symphony Orchestra while in Corsica for the memorial services of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was the PR Lady that took championship boxer Billy Cohn for two weeks to each of the units stationed in Corsica, was with Mrs. Patton at the bedside of General Patton when he died, met and took part in General Eisenhower’s parades in Europe, accompanied Frank Sinatra and Emceed USO shows with Phil Silvers and the original quartet from the musical “Oklahoma”. But she always said that the highlight for her at these shows was being the featured performer with the Army Air Force Dance Band.
After 28 months of service, Vivian returned to the USA to prepare for her next assignment at the Taj Mahal and found she was also accepted to UCLA’s Drama Dept. But all that changed with a proposal from Donald E. Jacobson of Coopertown, North Dakota. They were married and moved to Moorhead, Minnesota where they raised 3 children, LeClaire, Lynelle, and Lydell. Vivian resumed teaching in the Moorhead Public Schools for 31 years. Vivian supervised music, piano, and was affiliated with the Tri-College Student Teaching Program in which she still holds the International record for supervising 225 student teachers.
She was elected to the Minnesota State Music Board in 1979, conducting workshops, counseling in Elementary and was host to the National Music Convention in Minneapolis – April 1980 where she also was Clinician for Elementary Music Reading and Programming.
Retiring in 1979, the family moved to their lake home on Lake Six near Frazee, Minnesota. She continued writing and directing many original musicals, centennial celebrations, and volunteering at several nursing and health care centers. She was President and Program Chairman of the Golden Agers, a non denominational group that was sponsored by First Lutheran Church of Detroit Lakes for 22 years. She was also active in Retired Teachers, VFW and other Auxiliaries, church organizations and other unending volunteer efforts.
Vivian is survived by LeClaire(Susan, Jaz & Taz), of Fargo, North Dakota and Lynelle(DeeZel), of Frazee, Minnesota.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Hans and Sophie Rauk, husband Donald, son, Lydell, sisters, Gladys, Evelyn and Helen, and brother Palmer.
Funeral Services: Friday (Today) 2:00 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes.
Interment: Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes.
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