Jeanne Jacobs is being remembered for her deep appreciation of individuals whereas additionally being a “pressure” within the household automobile enterprise that was a fixture in Joliet for greater than half a century.
Jacobs, spouse of the late automobile supplier Invoice Jacobs Sr., died Thursday in Joliet. She was 95.
Invoice Jacobs Chevrolet opened in 1955 in Joliet and stayed within the household till it was sold in 2015.
“She by no means labored within the enterprise, nevertheless it was very a lot her prolonged household,” stated Linda Jacobs, who heads the Invoice Jacobs Auto Group at this time.
“She would cease within the dealership day by day,” Linda stated of her mother-in-law. “She knew all people who labored there from the gross sales division to the service division to used automobiles. She knew all people’s names, their youngsters’s names, and their birthdays, and he or she despatched all of them playing cards.”
Linda stated she by no means did know Jeanne’s methodology for remembering names and dates aside from “she was good.”
Jeanne had a grasp’s diploma in particular training from the College of Mississippi, the place she met William Jacobs Sr., an economics professor on the time..
Her personal father additionally was within the automobile enterprise. William Sr. joined him at a Chicago automobile dealership earlier than buying the Chevrolet franchise in Joliet.
William “Journey” Jacobs III, one of many grandchildren concerned within the Invoice Jacobs Auto Group that has dealerships in Naperville and Hinsdale, described his grandmother as “a pressure” within the household enterprise.
“She grew up in a automobile household, and he or she was married to a automobile supplier.” Journey stated, remembering his grandmother’s common calls to speak concerning the enterprise. “The individuals had been necessary to her. She would say, ‘Grandfather all the time stated enterprise is about individuals.’ To her, life was about individuals.”
Longtime good friend JoAnn Barber described Jeanne as “a heat and really beneficiant individual with everybody. She by no means forgot your birthday or big day. I’ve a caretaker now, and Jeanne would always remember her on her birthday and included her in her circle of associates. That is the sort of individual she was.”
Jeanne was energetic in a number of organizations, together with what had been then referred to as Girls of Rotary and the Hospice Guild of Joliet. She served on the boards of Silver Cross Hospital and Lewis College.
Longtime good friend Jeanette D’Arcy stated Jeanne was a part of a gaggle referred to as “the bag women” that may put together luggage of knowledge to hold on entrance doorways for political campaigns.
“Certainly one of her sayings was, ‘Bless it, and launch it,” Jeanette stated. “She meant don’t fret about issues.”
Jeanne was preceded in dying by her husband and three youngsters: Michael; William, Jr. “Invoice”; and Patricia “Jane.”
She grew up in Memphis earlier than shifting to Chicago along with her husband after which in 1954 to Joliet, the place she spent the remainder of her life.
“She was very linked to Joliet,” Linda stated. “She by no means would have left.”