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Margaret Jakob, age 102 of Roseville, died Sunday, April 7, 2019 at Ascension St. John Hospital at their Warren Campus. She was born on February 11, 1917 in Detroit, Michigan, daughter of the late Samuel and the late Frieda (nee: Kielblock) Jakob.

Just imagine,…102 years old,…and all the events, experiences and changes Margaret has watched unfold in her many years upon this earth. Yes, we all seem to be living longer, but Margaret remains part of a select few who have transcended that centenarian mark and could say she was present in two different centuries. Born at the height of World War I, Margaret was a mere 12 years old when America entered those troubling years of the Great Depression. Even through those trying times, she and her family stood strong and courageous amidst the tests and challenges they endured,…and there was Margaret, now 22 years of age, a vibrant and fiercely independent woman ready to take on the world as America was lifted from its darkness and the lilt of opportunity's song could be heard in the air. Eventually, Margaret took advantage of that spark of opportunity by securing a position with the Uniroyal-Goodrich Tire Company where she worked as a flipper.

Being an integral part of the workforce instilled Margaret with a great deal of pride, but the greatest work she ever extended had nothing to do with "work,"…rather, the "mission of love" she extended to her family and loved ones as she cared for them all with a loving-kindness and giving spirit that echoed that of a truly humble servant. Yet it wasn't merely through her giving that she shined, Margaret also possessed an infectious personality and a great sense of humor, to boot. Together with her quick wit and sharp mind, making people laugh came easy for Margaret, and she derived immense joy in lifting the spirits of her fellow man. Life could often get tough, but just hangin' around Margaret was the perfect elixir towards happiness.

Along with her funny side, Margaret also possessed some "mad skills" when it came to the magic she performed in the kitchen. Whether she was cooking or baking, she was always whipping up something tasty and delicious,…just like her famous fried chicken. And what better to help that go down than with a fork full of her delectable schinken noodles?! Then a meal's just not complete without something tasty for dessert, and Margaret had that covered as well. She could bake a pumpkin pie that would make your eyes roll back in your head,…and was the Queen of Cookies, especially when it came to her Russian Tea Cookies and the plain, old fashioned Sugar Cookies. Just makes you wanna say, "Got Milk?"

Margaret also took great pride & joy in her garden, just another exemplification of her caring nature. Gardens don't just happen,…they require much attention, patience and tender-loving-care to reach fruition, and Margaret had all of that in spades. With her green thumb at the ready and a vision for something beautiful, she tilled the soil and nurtured her garden with the skills of a horticulturalist. The end result was a collection of gorgeous flowers and succulent vegetables, truly a thing of splendor,…especially her tulips and magnolias.

Margaret's caring and giving spirit extended to her neighborhood as well,…and it began right next door at her sister's place. Hilda and her family were often the benefactors of Margaret's kindness and generosity, and the sister's simply loved being in such close proximity to each other. She was also one of the neighborhood's favorite go-to people when a babysitter was needed. All of the kids loved Margaret, and she loved them too. When somebody dependable was required, Margaret was your girl. The neighborhood also included a young lady with physical challenges, and Margaret's compassion shined there as well. Often welcoming this lady into her home and cooking her a good meal, Margaret's servant's heart was never more engaged than when touching this woman's soul,…and her belly, too!

As life pressed on and her grandchildren entered the picture, Margaret's happiness blossomed beyond words and a whole new life opened up for her to play "tour guide." Never having obtained a driver's license, most all of Margaret's motor travel was done by bus,…thereby affording she and her cherubs the delights of their many bus explorations to assorted and special destinations, like the day they bussed down to the Renaissance Center in Detroit. Margaret loved an adventure, and being able to share that with her grandkids provided her countless hours of joy and memories to last a lifetime. When they weren't soaking up the "Grandma Moments" on wheels, they could often be found sitting around the table playing cards together,…and the name of the game was "Crazy Bridge." Though it wasn't the only card game they shared, it was definitely the best. And when she had a deck of cards, but nobody around to join in the fun, Margaret could while away many-an-hour challenging herself to a game of solitaire.

Yet of all the joys and pleasures that meant the most to Margaret, none could hold a candle to the simple moments spent in the company of family and loved ones. It wasn't necessarily about the activity, but the simplicity of being together that captured her heart. Her family meant the world to her,…from her precious son, to all of her nieces and nephews, too. And nothing said "family" more than the day she passed and was being transferred from St. Anthony's Nursing Home as the staff lined the walkway to bid their surreal farewell to a dear and special friend. That's just how deeply Margaret affected the lives of those around her, and the reason she will be so deeply missed. To quote her dear family,…"Margaret loved life and accepted whatever came along with grace and peace." And in the words that Margaret was often heard to say, "Everything's OK here!"

A loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend, Margaret leaves behind a host of lives who