Edna Pauline Fahnstrom Jakobsky Shilling, 83
Edna Shilling, of Fort Myers, passed away April 26, 2019 following a lengthy illness. Born June 30, 1935 in Bayonne, N.J., she was the daughter of a Lutheran pastor/Army-Air Corps chaplain. That life took the family to several communities, finally settling in Bradford, Pa., where she graduated from high school. She attended Capital University, Bexley, Ohio, where she met Andrew L. Jakobsky whom she wed Sept. 8, 1956. The couple later moved to Reynoldsburg, Ohio, where they raised three children. He died unexpectedly in 1975. She had a 19-year marriage to David A. Shilling, who died in 2000.
In 1979, Edna graduated with an associate degree in applied science from then-Columbus (OH) Technical Institute and became a child caseworker. She also worked as a writer, an assistant for Andy’s photo business, a telephone solicitor and a semi-professional clown.
An avid volunteer, Edna was a school room mother for the children, youth choir director and feral-cat caretaker. She helped countless others maintain their sobriety over her 38 years as a friend of Bill W., and volunteered locally with St. Michael Lutheran Church and Hope Hospice. She previously belonged to the Calusa Clown Alley and the Lee County Civil War Roundtable.
Son Andrew H. Jakobsky preceded her in death, as did parents the Rev. Hjalmar Fahnstrom and Linnea Peterson. She is survived by daughters Elizabeth (Craig) King of Ft. Myers; Andrea (Robert) Teare of Hopedale, Il.; daughter-in-law Tina Jakobsky, Reynoldsburg, OH; four grandchildren, Patrick (Jamie) Teare, Hopedale, Il.; Andrew (Juliet) King, Simi Valley, CA.; Alexander King, Ft. Myers, and Zoe Jakobsky, Reynoldsburg; David’s son, Danny (Pam) Christmas Shilling, Sebring, their children Tim (Serena), Sebring, and Robert (Christy), Ft. Pierce, six grandchildren; and countless honorary children and siblings.
Services will be held 1:30 p.m., Saturday, June 1 at St. Michael Lutheran Church, 3595 Broadway, Ft. Myers. Interment will be later this year in the Columbia Center Cemetery, Columbia Station, OH. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hope Hospice, St. Michael, or a charity of your choice.
The Ft. Myers service will be live streamed. Go to www.smlcft.myers.com and follow these links: “Media & Resources” to “Live Video Stream” to “Click here to view service” to “Worship Service.” Edna’s service will be archived and available for viewing for one month.