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Theresa Jakubowski

Theresa Jakubowski, 84, formerly of Wonder Lake, died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in Reno, Nev., with her three children by her side.

She was born Sept. 30, 1929, to Walenty and Stanislawa Wozniak in Chicago.

In 1951 she married Gene Jakubowski.

She attended Gage Park High School and competed in the Girls Athletic Association. After graduating she worked for the Polish Roman Catholic Union. She helped organize a women’s basketball team and traveled to tournaments where she met her husband. 

In 1959 she and her husband moved to Wonder Lake, where they raised their three children. She worked as a cafeteria manager at Greenwood School. 

They moved to Reno, Nev., in 1988. She enjoyed time with her grandchildren, travel and working at a local preschool. She was a member of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.

Survivors include three children, Karen (Bart) Mowry, Rick (Cheryl) Jakubowski and Jan “Jake” Jakubowski; seven grandchildren, Jenny (Mike) Best, Jim (Stephanie) Jakubowski, Katye (Jake) Schneider, Peter Jakubowski, Todd (Laura) Mowry, Michelle Mowry and Caroline Jakubowski; two great-grandchildren, Stella Jakubowski and Joe Jakubowski, and one on the way; a sister, Chris Brenza; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and one grand-dog, Wilson.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother.

A celebratory Mass will be held Saturday, Feb. 15, at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, Reno. A celebratory Mass also will be held at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at St. Stephen Deacon & Martyr Catholic Church, Tinley Park, followed by interment at Resurrection Cemetery, Justice. 

Donations can be made to St. Vincent’s Dining Room, c/o Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada, P.O. Box 5099, Reno, NV 89513 ( or supporting homeless youth at, Covenant House, Time Square Station, P.O. Box 731, New York, NY 10108.

Arrangements were made by Walton’s Funerals & Cremations, Reno.

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