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Henry George Jakobe Sr.

SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. – Henry George Jakobe Sr., of 47 Rockledge Lane, Saranac Lake, and Bonne Terre, Mo., died July 8, 2005, of heart failure at his home in Bonne Terre. He was 85.

He was born Feb. 24, 1920, in Tennessee, the son of Henry Joseph Jakobe and Lucie Shepard Jakobe. The family moved to Bonne Terre, where Henry George graduated from Bonne Terre High School and Westminster College, in Fulton, Mo., where he joined the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Mr. Jakobe joined the U.S. Army during World War II, and served in the Aleutian Islands. Following his discharge, he earned a master of arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and a master’s degree in Fine Arts from Columbia University in New York City. Subsequently he did graduate work in art at the University of Virginia and in English literature at Harvard.

An artist, Mr. Jakobe was employed by Bassett and Vollum, Chicago, to design wallpaper. On his return to Missouri, he became a member of the St. Louis Artists Guild. He also served as program director and board member for the Peoples’ Art Center. For several seasons he had a program, “You Are the Artist,” on St. Louis’s public broadcasting station. His paintings were exhibited in several shows at the St. Louis Art Museum and Columbia University.

He taught art at University City High School, the Belleville, Ill. High School and Belleville Junior College.

On Feb. 23, 1963, he married Virginia Ellis at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Bonne Terre. The couple moved to Saranac Lake with their young son, Henry George Jr., in 1967. Both Mr. and Mrs. Jakobe taught art in the Saranac Lake Central schools.

Mr. Jakobe was a charter member of the Saranac Lake Paint and Palette organization. Under his presidency, the group visited area museums, including those in Glenn Falls and Montreal, at Middlebury College, and the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake. He severed on the vestry at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, and for the past 35 years has owned and operated the Sign of the Fish antique shop in Bloomingdale, N.Y.

Besides his wife and son, Mr. Jakobe is survived by his daughter-in-law, Jessica and grandson, Tucker William, both Saranac Lake. A graveside service will be held at the Bonne Terre Cemetery, October 10 at 1:30 p.m. The Rev. Nathaniel Pyron of St. Louis will be officiating.

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