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Funeral services have been scheduled for 82-year-old Helen Jacobson, the woman who died in a house fire Wednesday morning. Her home near 76th and Izard burned and her body was found inside.
Investigators believe the deadly fire began in the kitchen and they say Ms. Jacobson had been dead for quite some time by the time they reached her.
Helen's son, Reid Jacobson, told us, "I've talked to a lot of friends and a lot of Facebook people have left me notes and stuff. It has been tough. It's been good too."
The family is now sorting through what's salvageable from Helen's home. They have found most of her pictures and other reminders of her life.
Reid described his mother as a teacher first. She spent 26 years at Metro Community College.
"She was even my substitute teacher when I was a kid," Reid said. "Which was miserable."
She was also a student. She loved to get her hands on computers.
Her son says they believe that Helen fell before the fire began and couldn't get up. A friend of Helen's told us she and Ms. Jacobson had visited the night before. She says she was over about 8 o'clock and Helen had just fixed a pot of coffee on the stove.
Reid said, "We are all here, you know. Everybody is here and everybody is helping to get her cleaned up and move on. Yesterday was a horrible day."
Funeral arrangements are being handled by John A. Gentleman Mortuaries.
There will be a visitation for family and friends on Monday, September 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and her funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday.