Jacob Leo Topel, age 64, of Bird Island, formerly of Watertown and Waverly, died Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
He was born Dec. 7, 1947, in Watertown, to Leo and Elizabeth (Neisen) Topel.
Jake liked to spend time with family and friends. He had a good sense of humor, loved his animals, his farm, and to fish; and was a hardworking and caring friend.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Elizabeth Topel; a grandson, Bryan Prairie; a great-grandson, Mikie Jankowski; and a sister, Margie VanBeuesekom.
Jake is survived by his children, Brenda (Michael) Esson, Matthew (Amanda) Topel, Alicia Jankowski, Martina Alden, Tammy (Shawn) Mickschl, Lucas Topel, and Denise Topel; grandchildren Ashley Prairie, Andrew Esson, Alexander Esson, Aubrianna Esson, Tiffany (Nate) Boeson, Liliana Topel, Olivia Topel, Mattisen Topel, Evelyn Mickschl, Josephine Mickschl, Andrew Jankowski, Amanda DeMoss, Austin Jankowski, and Stephanny Jankowski; a great-grandson, Owen Prairie; and siblings Carol Dagit, Rita Williams, and Ralph (Jan) Topel.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Monday, April 2 at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown, with interment in Calvary Cemetery in Delano.
Visitation was Sunday, April 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the church, and continued Monday from 10 to 11 a.m,. prior to the Mass.
Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.