Jeannette Eileen Cotterman

Birth Date: 
Thursday, July 17, 1924
Date of Passing: 
Saturday, April 28, 2018

“Together Again”

WOOSTER - Jeannette E. Cotterman, 93, of Wooster, peacefully passed into the next life on April 28, 2018. 

Jeannette was born July 17, 1924 in Lodi, the daughter of William Harrison and Lillian Lucille (Eaken) Chapman of Shreve, Ohio, and was oldest daughter of four siblings.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Clifford E. Cotterman of Wooster, her son Jon W. Cotterman of Coshocton, as well as brothers and sisters-in-law Kenneth and Edna, and Ellis and Jean Chapman of Wooster. 

Surviving are her sister Joann McClaran, wife of the late Doyle W. “Hank” McClaran, of Shreve; children Jan S. Cotterman of Massillon, and Clifford Daniel (Josephine) Cotterman of DE; daughter-in-law Phyllis Cotterman of West Lafayette; grandchildren Jesse, Noah, Seth, Nate and Jared Cotterman, Heather (King) Harley, Gretchen King, and Rachel (King) Miller; seven great-grandsons and three great-granddaughters; as well as nieces and nephews.  

Jeannette married the love of her life, Clifford E. Cotterman, on September 22, 1946 at the First Presbyterian Church in Wooster, where they would become lifetime members.   They were together in marriage for 69 years until his passing in 2015.

Early in their marriage, Jeannette worked at several of the well known local businesses including Annats Department Store and the A&P Grocery Store, before focusing on being a homemaker that supported a growing family.  Jeannette loved to bake and cook and was well known in their neighborhood for her famous chocolate chip cookies, her crumb coffee cakes, and her extra-special chocolate, and banana layer cakes.   Once all her children were in school, she worked in the administrative offices at Wayne Auto Parts as a bookkeeper.  After her tenure at Wayne Auto Parts, she continued to keep busy by pursuing volunteer opportunities.  As an active church member, she supported the church by serving as a deacon, directing the biannual Rummage Sale, and assisting in many of the fund raisers that they conducted over the years. 

Jeannette was an expert seamstress who loved sewing as a hobby.  She volunteered at the Wooster Community Hospital as a long-time member of the sewing circle that designed and constructed custom hospital garments and mended linens in support of the hospital.  

After retiring, she and her husband were active in the Wayne County Historical Society where she was a docent.  They contributed to the many displays, events, and operations of the society.  As a result, they received recognition and awards for distinguished service (1999 George J. Schwartz Award) and lifetime achievement (2007 Alvin Rich Award).  They also delivered meals for Meals-on-Wheels.

A memorial service will be held on June 5, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church in Wooster at 2PM. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, 44691; First Presbyterian Church, 621 College Ave., Wooster 44691; or Wayne County Historical Society, 546 E. Bowman St., Wooster, 44691. 

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family with a private burial. 

Online condolences may be left for the family at  .


Memorial Contributions: 

LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 or First Presbyterian Church, 621 College Ave., Wooster, OH 44691 or Wayne Co. Historical Society, 546 E. Bowman St., Wooster, OH 44691


No calling hours


Memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church


Sending prayers and love to the Cotterman family. So sorry for your loss of such a beautiful person. F8

I am so sorry for your loss . Jeannette as well as well as Cliff were good friends of my parents . They were wonderful people loved by all and will be missed by all. I always loved running into Jeannette when out and about.She was a blessing to so many . May God wrap his loving arms around you all during this time of your loss. Much love to you all

She will always be remembered. As you share the stories and the memories of how she lived her life and how very much she meant, may you all find comfort. And, throughout this difficult time, may you also know the deep sympathy and concern that is felt for the entire family. I love you all.

Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your beloved Mother. May your wonderful memories sustain you during this difficult time!

Cliff and Jeannette were wonderful people and such good friendst

The Cotterman's were our neighbor's during the 21 years we lived in Wooster. They were very special people & will remain in our thoughts and prayers!

Tom Lavelle
Tamassee, SC

I would like to add a fond memory of mine being a neighbor to Cliff & Jeanette. One summer I found their dog "Freckles" wandering about our front porch. I got a lead and walked him back to their house, and found them
gathered with family from Coshocton enjoying a Sunday meal. Jeanette immediately commented that one of the grand
children forgot to lock the gate. Anyway, the next day Jeanette brought over a plate full of her chocolate chip
cookies which were great. Again, they were very special neighbors for sure!

Linda and I want to express our sympathy in the loss of your mother. Know that we are thinking of you and wish you the best.

My sincere condolences to you and your family. I remember your Mom the most for all the times spent at your house or mine when we were in the Brownies. Your Mom was,so sweet and kind.

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