Peter Jacovitch, of Braham, formerly of South St. Paul, passed away on Saturday, April 25, 2009 at the Cambridge Medical Center. He was 83 years old.
A FUNERAL MASS will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, April 30, 2009 at the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Braham with Fr. Zimmer presiding. VISITATION will be from 5-7pm on Wednesday, April 29th, with a 7pm Rosary Service at the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham. INTERMENT will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery in South St. Paul.
Peter Michael Jacovitch was born on June 25, 1925, in South St. Paul, Minnesota. He was one of eleven children born to Nicholas and Domnica (Nichotoi) Jacovitch. The family moved to West Virginia when Peter was very young. Peter attended high school in Welch, West Virginia, but joined the United States Navy in March, 1943, before his high school graduation. He was an aviation ordnanceman and was later certified as an aviation gunner. He bravely served in the South Pacific during World War II, and, although he was injured twice in combat, he declined the Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged in March, 1946, and had completed his high school education while in the Navy.
During his years in the Navy, Peter completed his high school education and corresponded with Mary Nigro, a high school classmate who had committed herself to writing to local servicemen while they were away from home. Their correspondence developed into a long-distance romance, and, after Peter’s return to the States, he dated Mary. They were married on September 3, 1947, in Welch, West Virginia, and immediately moved to South St. Paul, Minnesota.
Peter was a trained, union meat-cutter and meat market manager at various retail grocers in the St. Paul area. He retired in 1988 and began pursuing carpentry in his newly expanded garage. His many finished projects included furniture and cabinetry, candle holders, clocks and other home accessories, and children’s toys. He enjoyed home projects of all sorts, fishing, reading, Twins baseball, Vikings football, cook-outs and his children’s and grandchildren’s activities. He was a devoted family man and a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus council at the St. Augustine’s Catholic Church of South St. Paul.
Peter and Mary lived in South St. Paul until her death in September, 2007. He moved to Elmhurst Commons, an Assisted Living Facility in Braham, MN, in October, 2007. He enjoyed his life at Elmhurst and cherished his relationships with all of his new Braham friends. In the fall of 2008, due to declining health, he moved to GracePointe Crossing, a nursing facility in Cambridge, Minnesota. He never regained enough strength or mobility to enable him to move back to Elmhurst. He died on April 25, 2009, at the Cambridge Medical Center.
Peter M. Jacovitch was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary, two infant daughters, and ten of his eleven siblings. He is survived by one brother: John (Delores) Jacovitch of Rhineland,WI; son J. Michael (Barb) Jacovitch of Burnsville, MN; three daughters: Rosemary (Loren) Brabec of Braham, MN; JoAnn (Ray) Gangl of Finlayson, MN; and, Geralyn (Steve) Palmer of St. Croix Falls, WI; nine grandchildren: Nick, Jessica and Andrea Jacovitch, all of Burnsville; Brenda Brabec Hadley of Maple Grove, MN; Dan (Sara) Brabec of Wyoming, MN; Matt (Lisa) Gangl of Chisago City, MN; Eric Palmer of Menomonee Falls, WI; Sara Palmer of St. Croix Falls, WI; and Mary (Andy) Welters of Minneapolis, MN; four great-grandchildren: Abigail and Alexander Gangl; Benjamin Brabec; and, Rowena Welters.