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Jacob Fanta

Jacob Fanta

June 22, 1977 February 7, 2020

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Obituary for Jacob Solomon Fanta

Jacob was born on the morning of June 22, 1977, in the car on the way to the hospital with his sisters in the back seat eating blueberries. His hurried arrival was instant and enduring family lore and filled us with joy.

Jacob went to Burns Park, Tappan, Pioneer, and Community. He met his lifelong closest friend at Eastern Michigan University and was a member of AEPi.

Jacob was a skilled and curious craftsman. He was mechanically inclined from the start and would take anything apart to see how it worked. His strong hands were enormous, and tools just seemed to fit them. His creativity was boundless and he was comfortable in any medium; from ceramics to paper, his hands were at home. He had an affinity for small items that were heavy for their size, and for things that were useful despite their antiquity. He built a Rubens’ tube to enjoy the beauty of the physics of the standing acoustic wave. At the time of his passing he was developing a forge for casting.

Jacob was an exquisite son, brother, uncle. He is survived by his mother, Elizabeth Fanta (Linda); his father, Andrew Fanta (Valerie); his sisters, Rachel Fanta Ronco (Mitchell), Sara Mallach (Larry) and Abby Adams (Justin). He is survived by nephews, Emmett Ashton and Asa Mallach and Joshua Adams; and his nieces, Beatrice Adams and Emma Ronco. He leaves behind aunts, uncles, cousins, and countless loved ones, whose grief is compounded by the senselessness of his loss.

Those who knew Jacob miss him terribly. He was a delight to us and the world has lost a gentle man and a gentle soul. His hurried departure has left us aching. Sunday dinners won’t be the same without his generous humor and dulcet tones.

Jacob chose to donate his body to the University of Michigan Medical School so, in his words, “they could take [him] apart and learn something.” His loved ones take comfort in that legacy which honors his life.

Jacob died on February 7, 2020, from complications of alcoholic liver disease. It is our family’s tragedy that the comorbidity of depression and alcoholism is not better understood. Please take signs of either disease seriously.

A celebration of Jacob’s life is planned for Summer.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Packard Health https://packardhealth.org/donate/.

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Evette Lutman

For several years I sat at your family's seder table. Jacob, Rachel, Sara and Abby made it so much fun. We say in Judaism zichrono livracha, may Jacob's memory be for blessing. One of the ways that we can do exactly that is by remembering as you have already cautioned in Jacob's obituary here: depression is serious - it isn't just "being down in the dumps", something to "snap out of". Alcoholism is a serious disease with horrible consequences to the body and family. The mixture of the two can be deadly. In Jacob's memory, do everything you can to facilitate someone seeking help, an employee, a relative, a friend.
Comment | Posted at 04:43pm via Condolence
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Eliza Callow

Liz and Andy,
I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking to Jacob a couple of times many years ago. I remember his sweet personality and it seemed to me maybe he was everyone's favorite. :-) My deepest condolences to your entire family.
Eliza Callow
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Jan Pemberton

Dear Liz,
My sincere condolences to you and your family.
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Janice Skadsen

Liz and family - we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you. Janice & Jim
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Karen

We fondly remember Jake for his sweet personality and sense of humor. His death is a terrible tragedy. We are deeply grieved that he passed away at such a young age. We will never forget his visit (with his motorcycle friend) to Sterling in the hospital in Bethesda in the depths of Sterling's recovery from an auto accident- bringing hope and caring. We are only sorry we had no knowledge of his problems so we could have been there for him.

John, Karen (Fanta) Zumbrunn
Comment | Posted at 12:23pm via Condolence
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