Orpha Abbagail Kline West Jacobson, age 106, of Lansing, died February 17, 2013 surrounded by her loving friends Amy Jacobson and Jayne Gietzen.  Born June 7, 1906 to parents Nicholas and Abbagail Kline in Cheboygan, Michigan.

She loved to sing and tell stories; she was devoted to her family.  Orpha attended Michigan Agricultural College and graduated from Ypsilanti College in 1926 with her teaching certificate.  Later in life she achieved her Master’s in Elementary Education, completing her career in Wyandotte, Michigan.  In later years, Orpha was a volunteer at Ingham Regional Hospital.

She was preceded in death by first husband Gordon West, second husband Carlton Jacobson, and three brothers.  Survivors include sister-in-law Gertrude Kline, stepson Dean (Theresa) Jacobson, their children and grandchildren, nieces Shirley (Jack) Neal, Patsy Constantine, Debbie (David) Koch, Kathy Carr, Karla (Timothy S) Miller, Jane Timberlake, Marilyn (Pat) Rider and Jan Krouskup, nephews Ken Kline, Keith (Charle) Kline, Kevin (Cindy) Kline, Gary Kline, Harold Jacobson and many more great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. with Fr. Bill Lugger officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday for one hour prior to the funeral.  Interment will take place at Pine Hill Cemetery in Cheboygan, Michigan.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the VFW Home for Children in Eaton Rapids, Michigan or the St. Vincent’s Home for Children in Lansing, Michigan.

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    Jane Timberlake Says:

    Aunt Orpha, I so miss you and our wonderful, long conversations. What a treasure, to be able to talk frequently with the very first person in my family to see me when I was born, the person who knew my mother and her family from when she was 14 and you 16, and who married her brother, and who remained her dear friend throughout her life. You and I shared many so many happy memories of summertime at the cottage when I was a child, and interesting stories from your life as a child and as a young woman who roomed with my mother in college. Thank you, thank you for being in my life!

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    Judy Christie - TCOA Says:

    It was my pleasure to know you these past two years. I enjoyed your witty stories and singing your tunes. I am glad that you were able to continue to stay in your home with Amy Jo and Cadberry. You will be missed and I just have to say it, “See you later, Aunt Orpha”.

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    Kenneth Kline Jr Says:

    I have many treasured memories also. The cottage on lake Huron, Christmas eve’s in downtown Detroit and the apartment in Detroit with the very long hallway (it was for a young kid in the early 50′s). It has been great having you as my aunt for these 64 years. I learned so much from you Orsa. I always thought you would outlive me, especially after you were in your hundreds.
    Until we meet again, with Kenny, Gerard and George, I will always love you.

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