Service measured not by GOLD,
but by the GOLDEN RULE
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 www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com .
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
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Memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church