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Jewel Jacob

Graveside Service: 3:00 p.m., Sunday, October 3, 2021

Location: Peninsula Memorial Park

Jewel Levy Jacob, 88, passed away on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 in Williamsburg, VA, after a lifetime of lighting up the lives of everyone lucky enough to know her. The only child of David and Lillian Levy, Jewel was born in the Bronx.

To her family and friends, Jewel was a rock, and like her name, a true gem: mixing an endless supply of love and optimism with a subtle, deadpan wit. To meet Jewel was to be charmed by her, perhaps best evidenced by the way she met the love of her life, Sidney Jacob, after a chance encounter with his parents’ neighbors’ daughter (you read that right) on the subway. Set up on a blind date, the two began a love affair that would last 35 years and bring them their three cherished children: Alan, Leslie, and Normagean.

For those she loved, Jewel was always game to try something new, no matter where it took her. So, in 1973, the family picked up stakes and moved from New York to Lynchburg, VA, where they would go on to open Party Pizza—a family affair that promised customers “you’ve tried the rest, now try the best.” Nearly a decade later, they moved to the Williamsburg area, where Jewel would live for the rest of her life.

Jewel lost her beloved Sid in 1990 at the age of 57, but went on to invent rich, full, second and third chapters in life. Trained as a Certified Nursing Assistant, she retired at 62 and, like the Energizer bunny she was, kept on going. She cared for her treasured grandson, Sid, after school and could be found pluckily walking the track at the local high school several days a week. In 2020, she moved to senior living at Brookdale Chambrel Williamsburg, where she joined the Chef's committee, the Knitting Club, and arranged flowers in the dining room. Unsurprisingly to her family, Jewel’s biggest problem with her new living arrangement was receiving too many invitations for dinner.

We should be so blessed as to have a Jewel in our lives: someone whose patience, steadiness, and love comes with a dash of humor and a sizeable adventurous streak. Even as she aged, Jewel was always up for what came next: meeting for meals with family and friends, getting a pedicure, or a road trip from Virginia to Vermont for a wedding. Despite almost 50 years as Virginian, Jewel would forever sound like a New Yorker: proving you can take the girl out of the Bronx, but you cannot take the accent out of the girl. If we close our eyes, any of us who loved her can hear her boundless positivity—and lack of ‘r’s— ringing in our ears. “That’s wond-uh-ful, sweet-haht,” she’d say, to just about anything you said or did. And so, she lives on, our tireless cheerleader, in the hearts of all who knew her.

Jewel was predeceased by her husband, Sidney Jacob; her parents, Lillian Levy and David Levy; her son, Alan Jacob and nephew, Steven Jacob. She is survived by her daughter, Leslie Gillie and son-in-law, Toby Gillie, of Deltaville, VA; her daughter, Normagean Hall and son-in-law, Mike Hall of Williamsburg, VA. She also leaves her grandsons, Sidney Hall of Virginia Beach, Thomas Gillie of Deltaville; her grand-daughter, Beth and her husband, Jordan Harper of Lynchburg and great-grandchildren, Evelyn and Avery Harper; as well as brother- and sister-in-law, Mark and Nancy Jacob of Seaford, VA; nephew, Fred Jacob and his wife, Beth and great-nephew and niece, Charlie and Alice Jacob, of Washington, DC.

Jewel will be laid to rest at Peninsula Memorial Park on Sunday, October 3, at 3:00 p.m, the service will be conducted by Rabbi David Katz of Temple Beth El. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the American Heart Association.

As her many loved ones say goodbye, we hope you know you lived up to your name, our priceless, irreplaceable Jewel. You had a brightness about you so strong you glowed, and the years we had you will never be enough. Arrangements by Weymouth Funeral Home.

Jewel Levy Jacob, 88, passed away on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 in Williamsburg, VA, after a lifetime of lighting up the lives of everyone lucky enough to know her. The only child of David and Lillian Levy, Jewel was born in the Bronx.

To her family and friends, Jewel was a rock, and like her name, a true gem: mixing an endless supply of love and optimism with a subtle, deadpan wit. To meet Jewel was to be charmed by her, perhaps best evidenced by the way she met the love of her life, Sidney Jacob, after a chance encounter with his parents’ neighbors’ daughter (you read that right) on the subway. Set up on a blind date, the two began a love affair that would last 35 years and bring them their three cherished children: Alan, Leslie, and Normagean.

For those she loved, Jewel was always game to try something new, no matter where it took her. So, in 1973, the family picked up stakes and moved from New York to Lynchburg, VA, where they would go on to open Party Pizza—a family affair that promised customers “you’ve tried the rest, now try the best.” Nearly a decade later, they moved to the Williamsburg area, where Jewel would live for the rest of her life.

Jewel lost her beloved Sid in 1990 at the age of 57, but went on to invent rich, full, second and third chapters in life. Trained as a Certified Nursing Assistant, she retired at 62 and, like the Energizer bunny she was, kept on going. She cared for her treasured grandson, Sid, after school and could be found pluckily walking the track at the local high school several days a week. In 2020, she moved to senior living at Brookdale Chambrel Williamsburg, where she joined the Chef's committee, the Knitting Club, and arranged flowers in the dining room. Unsurprisingly to her family, Jewel’s biggest problem with her new living arrangement was receiving too many invitations for dinner.

We should be so blessed as to have a Jewel in our lives: someone whose patience, steadiness, and love comes with a dash of humor and a sizeable adventurous streak. Even as she aged, Jewel was always up for what came next: meeting for meals with family and friends, getting a pedicure, or a road trip from Virginia to Vermont for a wedding. Despite almost 50 years as Virginian, Jewel would forever sound like a New Yorker: proving you can take the girl out of the Bronx, but you cannot take the accent out of the girl. If we close our eyes, any of us who loved her can hear her boundless positivity—and lack of ‘r’s— ringing in our ears. “That’s wond-uh-ful, sweet-haht,” she’d say, to just about anything you said or did. And so, she lives on, our tireless cheerleader, in the hearts of all who knew her.

Jewel was predeceased by her husband, Sidney Jacob; her parents, Lillian Levy and David Levy; her son, Alan Jacob and nephew, Steven Jacob. She is survived by her daughter, Leslie Gillie and son-in-law, Toby Gillie, of Deltaville, VA; her daughter, Normagean Hall and son-in-law, Mike Hall of Williamsburg, VA. She also leaves her grandsons, Sidney Hall of Virginia Beach, Thomas Gillie of Deltaville; her grand-daughter, Beth and her husband, Jordan Harper of Lynchburg and great-grandchildren, Evelyn and Avery Harper; as well as brother- and sister-in-law, Mark and Nancy Jacob of Seaford, VA; nephew, Fred Jacob and his wife, Beth and great-nephew and niece, Charlie and Alice Jacob, of Washington, DC.

Jewel will be laid to rest at Peninsula Memorial Park on Sunday, October 3, at 3:00 p.m, the service will be conducted by Rabbi David Katz of Temple Beth El. Following the Service a Celebration of Life will be hosted by Riverwalk Restaurant, 323 Water St, Yorktown,VA.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the American Heart Association.

As her many loved ones say goodbye, we hope you know you lived up to your name, our priceless, irreplaceable Jewel. You had a brightness about you so strong you glowed, and the years we had you will never be enough. Arrangements by Weymouth Funeral Home.

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