Charles Jacobson

Charles Jacobson

  • Funeral Date: 2/25/17
  • Funeral Time: 1:00P.M.
  • Date of Birth: 4/12/31
  • Date of Death: 2/09/17
  • Funeral Location: St. John's Lutheran Church - Northfield

Pastor Charles “Chuck” Jacobson, age 85 of Northfield, MN, passed away on Thursday morning, February 9, 2017, at the care center of the Northfield Retirement Community.

Charles Eugene Jacobson was born April 12, 1931, in Benson, Minnesota, to Eugene and Ethel (Anderson) Jacobson. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church and graduated from Benson High School in 1949. Following high school he attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, where he met the love of his life, Marilyn Anderson. They married on July 18, 1953, at Swedlanda Lutheran Church in rural Hector. After marriage they made their home in Rock Island, Illinois, while Chuck attended Augustana Theological Seminary, graduating with his Masters of Divinity in 1957. He was ordained that same year. He later received his Masters of Arts in Religious Studies from Stetson University in DeLand, FL.

Pastor Chuck and his wife Marilyn lived a life of serving others and sharing God’s word. His first call as a minister was to Bartholomew Lutheran Church in Elizabeth, New Jersey. After serving three years in Elizabeth they moved to DeLand, Florida, serving at Faith Lutheran Church. In 1966, they returned to Minnesota, serving at Lutheran Church of the Master in Brooklyn Center before serving at St. Ansgar’s Lutheran in Cannon Falls for 23 years. Chuck and Marilyn retired from full-time ministry in 1995 and began an adventure of international interim ministry, serving in Helsinki, Finland (four times); Moscow, Russia; and Seoul, South Korea. He also served in interim positions at First Lutheran Church in Red Wing, MN, Urland Lutheran Church and Wangen Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Cannon Falls. His final retirement was in 2007. In 2006, Chuck and Marilyn moved to Northfield and joined St. John’s Lutheran Church. Chuck was actively leading bible studies, enjoying concerts and plays, attending sporting events, caring for others, spending time with his family, and adding to his personal library and lifelong passion of reading right up to the time of his death.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, brother Roger, and his daughter Marka. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Marilyn; sons Paul (Michelle) of Cannon Falls, MN; Erik (Cindy) of Zimmerman, MN, Phil (Denise) of Lake City, MN; his son-in-law James Longenecker of Palmyra, VA; 7 grandchildren: Nicole Jacobson (Tim), Samantha Banitt (Michael), Marcus Jacobson (Sydney), Matthew Jacobson, Emily Jacobson, Christina Jacobson, and Anderson Longenecker; 2 great grandchildren: Emma and Logan Jacobson; nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.

A celebration of Chuck’s life will be held on February 25th at 1:00 P.M. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 3rd Street West in Northfield with a visitation beginning at 11:30 A.M. Interment will be held at the St. John’s columbarium after the funeral with a reception following.

Memorials are preferred to St. John’s Lutheran Foundation or a memorial of your choice.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.


  1. John Svedberg

    Sorry to hear the news. Great loss for a great family.

  2. Ed and Arlis Burr

    Sorry for your loss.

  3. Kathy Dawson

    Our prayers are with your family. Pastor Chuck was a very important part of our lives in cannon falls.

  4. Jean Faust

    Many fond memories of the Pastor who confirmed me and officiated at my wedding. My condolences to the family.

  5. Curtis Johnson

    Peace, courage and hope in the promise of Christ. It has been a privilege to know Chuck. Curt and Ruth Johnson

  6. Linda Von Bargen

    Paster Chuck was a great man. A friend to our whole family. His memory will live for generations.

  7. Robert and Sharon Schinnert

    Sorry to read the news but will always remember are canoeing friends at the resort.

  8. Carol Langemo

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Marilyn and the family at this time and in the days to follow. May our Lord be with you and give you strength, comfort, love, and peace in your hearts.

    God’s blessings always.

    Love in Christ,

    Marty and Carol Langemo

  9. Linda Rifenberick

    Pastor Chuck and Marilyn were an important part of life when I moved to St Ansgars in Cannon Falls. I will be keeping the Jacobson family in my prayers.

  10. Kathy Christensen

    Marilyn and Family:
    Our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family! We have many wonderful memories of Pastor Chuck! I and Ron will always think of him as “OUR PASTOR”!
    Hugs and Prayers,
    Ron and Kathy Christensen

  11. Heidi and Tim Anderson

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I will always remember him with a smile on his face.

    I was afraid to play tennis against him. He might have been 30+ years older than me, but he was quick, and accurate.

  12. Carolyn M Fox

    He was my first pastor when he was at LCM. I next saw him At St. Ansgar’s almost 30 years later and he remembered me. “Why Carolyn Kline. Are you following me?” Of course I was married but I still can’t get over the fact he knew me after all those years. Heaven has a new angel and we have a hole in our hearts. Condolences to to you Marilyn, and your family.

  13. Lisa Bodette

    We were are so sad to hear the news. But reading about his life brought a smile to our faces as we are currently living just south of Deland, FL and Stetson University…what a small world. Truly appreciated him as my pastor for many years, officiated at my wedding and for my mom’s funeral. Will never forget his smile. Our prayers are with you, Marilyn and family.

  14. Kathy Kalb

    Paul, I’m sorry to hear about your dad. May you find peace as you remember the good times you shared with him, and joy as you celebrate his life.

  15. Eeva Saarinen

    Dear Marilyn,

    My condolences to you.
    May Jesus Himself give you comfort and peace.

  16. Dan and Jean Anderson

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May you find comfort and peace in the fond memories you have of Chuck.

  17. Wally Obinger

    Dear Marilyn and family,

    Chuck will be remembered fondly by those of us who played on the Monday morning tennis courts for many years in Red Wing, Cannon Falls, and Northfield. He was always willing to play for coffee, even though he usually lost! His love of his ministry and family was inspirational for us younger pastors.

  18. Brian Cherwinka

    I remember finally growing up with the Jacobson boys. Trudging up the hill behind her house to play basketball and playing tennis at the courts behind the swimming pool and Pastor Chuck driving a little red Sunbird up the hill. He was a big influence on the young people of Cannon Falls.

  19. Kris Cherwinka Sande

    I have so many memories of Pastor Chuck. My family along with the Sparstad and Anderson families became great friends. We became like family going to Gopher football and basketball games. Our parents would all get together for birthdays as many of them had birthdays in the same month. My Dad made a sermon timer one year as a joke as people would say his sermons were to long. That was a great day when he received it! So many memories. What a blessing that we all knew him and were his friend. Wishing your family Gods peace at this very difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  20. Diann Johnson

    Sympathy to the family. Pastor Jacobson will be fondly remember by our whole family. Lawrence and DiAnn Johnson

  21. I’m honored that I have met this man of God,I’m grateful for his love and teachings.
    Marylin,all my love and Blessings
    Silvana Mutalahti- missionary in Finland

  22. Hans Krause

    Our love and condolences to Marylin and the whole family. We will always remember Chuck and Marilyn as a special gift from God to Helsinki, a gift that we had the joy of receiving more than once. Your ministry to us in challenging times of transience gave us peace, direction and unity. Working with you gave a sense of security and joy.

    We look forward to seeing you again in our Father’s home in heaven

  23. Thank you so much for all your condolences, memories and kind words. Please know that they are appreciated. Chuck and I had many fond memories of all of you in the various places where we lived and served. We had 63 great years together and it is a shock to suddenly be alone. However, family and friends have been very supportive. I rest in the promise of John 3:16. One of Chuck’s often quoted Biblical passages. Blessings to all of you. Marilyn

  24. John Lund

    Teresa & I will Keep you and your Family in our prayers, I Have Many, Many Happy Memories of your family & Mine Perhaps My Dad & Chuck are Playing Chess

  25. Carol E Lund

    I just heard of Chuck’s passing. I have so many fond memories of my childhood that include your family! May you feel peace knowing Chuck is with his heavenly father.

  26. Pastors Heidi and Lon Kvanli

    Lon and I were so saddened to read of Chuck’s death in the Living Lutheran magazine. We have fond memories of the weekly pastors’ breakfast in Cannon Falls, “Round Robin” preaching during Lent, and the many ways we worked with and learned from Chuck–an “older and wiser” pastor. Peace to his memory; and our prayers are with you, Marilyn.

    • Thank you for your kind words. Chuck died suddenly while recovering from heart surgery. It was so nice to hear from you. I hope all is well with you. Marilyn

  27. Elaine Alatalo

    As I’ve written them recently, the times when Chuck and Marilyn were “filling in” at the International Evangelical Church in Helsinki were very memorable to me. I was so happy that they worked together as a team for the congregation here in Helsinki. I also found Chuck’s teaching at the weekly Bible studies very interesting, and Marilyn’s sympathetic heart a blessing. I’m thankful to God for sending them here and their willingness to be here.

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