Jakobis Named Honored Grandparents



Ken and Rita Jakobi 2022

Ken and Rita have been named the 2022 Granton Fall Festival Honored Grandparents.
They have seven grandchildren, ranging from age 3 to 19.  
Submitted photo


By Valorie Brecht

This year’s Granton Fall Festival Honored Grandparents are Ken and Rita Jakobi, nominated by their seven grandchildren who are very grateful for everything their grandparents do for them.

The Granton FFA Alumni are sponsoring this award. The Jakobis, along with this year’s Honored Citizens, will be recognized during the Granton Fall Festival queen coronation ceremony, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Granton Fire Hall.

Ken and Rita celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 27. They met at Spike’s, currently known as Riverside Roadhouse, along Highway H west of Marshfield. Ken and Rita have two children, Denny and Janel. Ken dairy farmed until 2018 alongside Denny, who now runs the farm. Rita worked at Modern of Marshfield until 1999 and then at Marshfield Clinic until retiring in 2018.

Ken and Rita’s grandchildren are Brandon (19), Isaac (17), Hunter (15), Mallory (14), Mason (11), Kelcy (10) and Alyssa (3).

“Each of their grandchildren can agree that they are grateful for everything their grandparents do for them, and they are two of the nicest, most supporting and helpful people they know. You can always count on a smile and a wave from both of them when driving through their yard on the way to the barn,” a press release from the Granton FFA Alumni stated.

Ken and Rita make each moment spent with their grandchildren special. From surprise Mustang rides home from practice to Schwan’s ice cream treats, to movies and popcorn, to Kubota rides, to a game of pool or foosball, to a fish fry coupon for their birthday to Chili Corners, to baking and making cards, to being the taxi service taking them to and from practice or work, all seven grandkids are enjoying all the memories they are making and the time they get to spend with their grandparents.

Since Ken and Rita’s retirement in 2018, they have enjoyed Lamers bus trips and going out to eat. It is obvious that their grandchildren come first and foremost, but they do find time to stay active in the Granton FFA Alumni, and for Rita, Ladies Aid/Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, Red Hats and making homemade cards. Ken enjoys driving his Mustang and running for parts on the farm.

Ken and Rita always have a smile on their face when you see them, and hold a very special place in each one of their grandchildren’s lives.


From the Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

August 31, 2022

Transcribed by Dolores Mohr Kenyon, September 3, 2022.

Web page by James W. Sternitzky PhD, September 4, 2022.

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