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Shawna Jacobson, age 30, of Brooten, died on Friday, January 19, 2024, as the result of injuries received in a head-on car-semi collision that occurred in Minnetrista, MN on Hwy. 7. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 27th at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brooten with Rev. Jean M. Megorden officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the church in Brooten and continue on Saturday, one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the church cemetery. For those unable to attend the funeral, it will be livestreamed on the church’s Facebook page. Arrangements are with Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home of Brooten.
Shawna Marie Jacobson left this world far too soon at the age of 30. Born on June 12, 1993, in Red Wing, MN to Michael and Kathrine (Simmons) Jacobson, Shawna was the youngest of the couple’s four children. She grew up in the close-knit community of Brooten, where she attended local schools and graduated from Brooten-Belgrade-Elrosa High School in 2011. While in high school, Shawna participated in volleyball, dance, basketball and fast pitch softball, as well as choir. She was also a confirmed member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Brooten.
Shawna’s nurturing spirit was evident from a young age, and she carried that into her adult life. After completing her education, Shawna dedicated herself to helping foster children as a Personal Care Assistant. Her compassion and empathy made a lasting impact on the lives of many young individuals.
The greatest joy in Shawna's life came in early 2015 with the birth of her beloved son, Jett Tombers. She embraced motherhood with open arms and an open heart, pouring all her love and energy into raising Jett. Shawna's life revolved around her son, and she cherished every moment they spent together. As Jett grew and started school, Shawna found time to re-enter the workforce, taking on part-time jobs at local businesses including R.J.'s Mini-Mart and Bayer-Built, where she was known for her friendly demeanor.
Shawna's interests were a reflection of her loving nature. She had a passion for working with and caring for children, and she found immense fulfillment in the simple pleasures of being a mother. After having lived away for a number of years, Shawna returned to Brooten in June of 2023, where she purchased a house that she turned into a cozy home for her and Jett. She was so excited to have her own place to decorate and make memories with her son.
Only weeks before her untimely passing, Shawna received the joyful news that she and Jett’s father, Darren, were expecting another child. The excitement and love she felt for her unborn baby was evident as she shared the good news with family and friends.
Shawna is survived by her son, Jett Tombers; her loving parents, mother, Kathrine (Dawn Hazeman) Jacobson of Montrose; and her father, Michael Jacobson of Brooten; two sisters, Jamie Jacobson and Amanda (Taurean) Miller; one brother, Anthony (Brenda) Jacobson; paternal grandparents, Harold and Harriet Jacobson of Brooten; step-sisters, Amie (Alvin) Linder and Holly (Jerod) Getzie; step-brother, Shaun Hazeman; nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Clarence and Ruth Kirckof; aunt and uncle, Debbie and Bill Detloff; uncle, Neil Jacobson; a cousin, Ryan Svor; and her children’s father, Darren Tombers, who perished with her in the accident.
Shawna's life, though cut short, was filled with love, laughter, and the joy of helping others. Wanting to stay true to who Shawna was, her parents made the decision after her death that she would want to help as many other people as she could by being a donor. Surely, her legacy will live on in the memories of all those she touched and through the love she shared with her son, Jett. May her spirit continue to inspire kindness and compassion in hearts of all who knew her.