Jakob grew up in Schoenau, Paraguay. In Filadelfia, he worked as a store clerk and later as a hotel manager. A man shot Jakob Feb. 4, 1972, paralyzing him from the waist down. When Brazil couldn’t provide the necessary treatment, the family immigrated to Abbotsford, B.C., in 1975. Tina worked at Menno Home and later at Tabor Home to help support the family. Jakob imported and sold yerba tea. Jakob and Tina loved camping and hosting barbeques. In 1997, Tina was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and in 2009, Jakob lost his friend and caregiver. The next year, Jakob’s health deteriorated and he sold their home and moved to Menno Hospital to receive care for diabetes and kidney failure.