|Birth: ||Jan. 4, 1921|
|Death: ||Nov. 10, 2011|
Irma, 90, of East Lansing, a leader of critical care volunteers at Sparrow Hospital for more than 20 years, died Thursday, at Sparrow Hospice House of congestive heart failure.
Mrs. Jacoby was the wife of Robert Jacoby, longtime president of the Lansing accounting firm Simplified Bookkeeping and Tax Service. She served as the company's human resources director throughout the 1970's.
After Mr. Jacoby's death in 1986, Mrs. Jacoby began what was for her a second career as a volunteer at Sparrow Hospital. She served as president of the TLC Critical Care Lounge board of directors many times. When she resigned from
the group because of worsening health in the spring of 2010, TLC Critical Care President Sharon Burrell noted that since 1987, Mrs. Jacoby had worked 312 hours a year in the critical care lounge, while the group only requires volunteers to work 50 hours a year.
Irma Broderick was the daughter of James L. and Minnie Rothenhoefer Broderick. After graduating from the University of Illinois at Champaign, she moved to Chicago and took her first job in the personnel department of the old Carson Pirie Scott department store.
She met her future husband, as so many young couples met during World War II, at a USO dance. The Jacobys had been married 41 years when he died of lung cancer in 1986. Mr. Jacoby's only wish was to die at home and Mrs. Jacoby cared for him in their apartment for several months before his death.
Mrs. Jacoby loved people-watching in New York's Rockefeller Center and Central Park, listening to Frank Sinatra recordings and attending some of his concerts in person, debating politics and reading.
A longtime resident of Okemos, Mrs. Jacoby lived at Burcham Hills Retirement Center for the past three years and was active on volunteer boards there.
She is survived by her daughter, Susan Jacoby of New York City and two granddaughters, Alexandra S. Jacoby and Anna S. B. Jacoby of Washington, DC.
A memorial service for Mrs. Jacoby was delayed until January as a result of the recent death of her son, Robert, in Washington.
Created by: Theron & Helen Smith
Record added: Nov 14, 2011
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