Jakob Karsten Jonassen, 85, died in his sleep in his Salt Lake City home on January 6, 1994.
He was born in Stavanger, Norway on January 5, 1909. On May 19, 1934 he married Signe Annie Groseth with whom he had three daughters. The family remained in Norway until May 1948 when they emigrated to the United States and settled in California where Jakob worked in the Empire Gold Mine in Grass Valley, and later for the Southern Pacific Railroad in Sacramento until his retirement in 1974. Upon his retirement, he and Signe moved back to Norway for 10 years to enjoy the land of their birth. In 1984 they returned to the U.S. to make Salt Lake City their home and to be closer to their children.Jakob was a hard worker all his life and enjoyed dancing, reading, writing, listening to music and playing the harmonica. He was very active in the LDS Church.
Survivors include his wife, Signe Jonassen, Salt Lake City; three daughters, Clara Biegler, El
Dorado Hills, Calif.; Solveig Chipman, Missoula, Mont.; and Lillian Phillips, Grants Pass, Ore.;
14 grandchildren and nearly 17 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held on Tuesday, January 11, 1994 at 10 a.m. at the Wasatch Lawn Mortuary Chapel 3401 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, where friends may call Monday, 6-8 p.m. and Tuesday, 8:45-9:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to local heart fund.