Obituary: Mildred Johanna Jacobsen

September 7, 1927 ~ September 18, 2021

Mildred Johanna Jacobsen, 94, died on September 18, 2021 at her home on Washington Island surrounded by her family.

Mildred was born to Norman Koebel and Emma (Rahr) Koebel on September 7, 1927 in Plymouth. She graduated from Plymouth High School. Mildred married Paul Goodman on August 17, 1946. They lived on Washington Island, where they had four children. They moved to Menomonee Falls in 1965.  After her husband’s death in June of 1977, she moved back to Washington Island, where she worked cleaning cottages at McDonald’s Cottages and Findlay’s Holiday Inn. She formed many lasting friendships, especially with Gloria Harper; they were known by many as “Glo and Moe”. She married Duane “Dewey” Jacobsen on April 21, 1990.

Mildred was active in the American Legion Auxiliary and attended Trinity Lutheran and Bethel Baptist Churches. In earlier years, she was a 4H leader and sang in the church choir.  Mildred and Dewey loved dancing and traveling. They also enjoyed hosting family and friends in their Washington Island home. 

Mildred is survived by her husband, Dewey; daughter, Ruth Wieting; son, Matthew (Jill) Goodman; daughters-in-law, Debra Goodman and Patti Goodman; stepson, Jens (Becky) Jacobsen; stepdaughter, Katharyn Moore; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Mary Jergenson and LaVonne Mann.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Paul; sons, Norman and Paul Goodman; son-in-law, John Wieting; great-granddaughter, Katherine Frett; brothers, Roy and Norbert Koebel; and sister, Lorraine Hunick. 

A Memorial Service to honor Mildred’s life will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at Bethel Baptist Church at 11:00 a.m. She will be laid to rest in the Washington Island Town Cemetery.

Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the service.

Mildred’s family wishes to express a heartfelt thank you Unity Hospice and all of her caregivers for their compassion and support.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Mildred’s name to Washington Island Baseball Team.

Casperson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Sister Bay is assisting the family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Mildred may be shared with her family through her tribute page at