Anne Ruth (Cieslar) Jacobi, age 83, died May 17 at Island Health and Rehabilitation Center.
She was born July 13, 1918 in Altoona, Penn. to Andrew and Marianna (Shurman) Cieslar. She grew up in Akron, Ohio and entered the University of Ohio as a pre-med student.
The economics of the Depression and an injury to her father ended her college studies. She went to work in New York City as an executive secretary to the CEO of the Woolworth Company and eventually moved to Los Angeles during World War II, where she worked for the shipyard administration.
On Jan. 13, 1945, she married Ernest P. Jacobi, and quit her job to become a full-time homemaker.
Her husband went on to build the swimming pool at the Las Vegas Flamingo Hotel.
She lived for 20 years in San Marino, Calif., where she was active in her community, volunteering with numerous charities like Boy’s Republic and the Shriners Children’s Hospital.
When her children were in high school, she re-entered the workforce and became the first female trust officer for Title Insurance, handling trusts for high-profile clients like John Wayne, Chuck Connors and Gen. George Patton’s family.
She retired and moved to Bainbridge Island in 1981 to be near her daughter and help raise two of her grandsons while their mother was in Olympia serving as a state representative.
She took pride in her family and her flowers and enjoyed being with and her friends and making occasional trips to the casino. She enjoyed travel all her life, visiting Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Caribbean, Mexico and Egypt.
She is survived by her children, Karen (Schmidt) Wilson and Ernie Jacobi and their spouses Simeon Wilson and Kayoko Jacobi; six grandchildren, Geoffrey Schmidt and Gavin Schmidt of Seattle, Steven Jacobi of Kingston and James, and Andrew and Tiffany Jacobi of Silverdale; and great-granddaughters Colleen Campbell (Schmidt) and Rachel Jacobi.
Memorial services were held May 23 at Bethany Lutheran Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Kass Funeral Home.