On December 2, 2014, Jane Swanson Bowman Jacobson, a long-time resident of central California, passed away at the Covenant Village Care Center in Turlock. Jane was 99 years old.
Jane Swanson Bowman Jacobson was born September 13, 1915, to Frederick Swanson and Yanda Olson Swanson in Chicago, Ill. The second of four children, she grew up in Chicago’s North Park neighborhood, surrounded by family and friends of Swedish descent. Her earliest memory was of the servicemen returning from World War I. Jane attended local Chicago public schools and graduated from North Park Junior College in 1934. In 1937, she married Arthur Bowman II of Chicago, and together they moved to Portland, Ore., to establish their first home. In Portland, she gave birth to her first children, sons James and John, both of whom died while infants. During World War II, Jane and Art moved to Spokane, Wash., where she had three more children: Arthur “Skeets” Bowman III, Dean Richard, and Kathy Jane.
After a brief move to Ohio, the family settled in San Jose, Calif., where Jane resided for the next 40 years. During that time, Jane raised her three children, actively participated in First Covenant Church of San Jose, and worked at numerous jobs outside the home, including school cafeteria cook. In 1961, Jane returned to college and earned a bachelor of arts in education and teaching credential from San Jose State University. Soon after, she began teaching elementary school in the Cambrian School District until her retirement in 1977.
Jane’s first husband, Art, died in 1963. In 1976, she married Len Jacobson, a long-time family friend. During their 25 years of marriage, Jan and Len enjoyed many years of travel, including trips across the United States, Latin America, Europe, and the Holy Land. Among her most memorable experiences was a camel ride in Jordan, a visit to the mission field in Ecuador, and a trip to Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans where her son-in-law Mike Holmgren’s Green Bay Packers triumphed over the New England Patriots. In 1991, Jane and Len moved from San Jose to Covenant Village in Turlock, Calif., where they enjoyed the company of many long-time friends and attended Cornerstone Covenant Church.
During her lifetime, Jane was an avid reader and conversationalist, who was very interested in current events and crossword puzzles. She was also a life-long knitter; her sweaters and afghans were freely given to friends and family members. Of all her interests, none could surpass her extended family. Jane prayed for each of them daily and followed their growth and development with pride. She especially was proud that each of her children and grandchildren earned a college degree.
Jane is survived by her three children, 10 grandchildren, and 26 great-grandchildren. A private service for family will be held at Los Gatos Memorial Park. Memorial gifts may be donated in her name to Mission Springs Conference Center, 1060 Lockhart Gulch Road, Scotts Valley, Calif., 95066.