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Helen Coe

Helen "Janet" Coe

October 4, 1939 - November 12, 2019
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Obituary

Helen “Janet” Coe, 80, of Sturgis, SD, passed away on November 12, 2019, surrounded by loved ones at the Lippold Hospice Suite at Sturgis Regional Hospital in Sturgis.
Helen Janet (Witcher) Coe was born October 4, 1939, to Edward “Platt” Witcher and Helen (Green) Witcher in Bison, SD. She graduated high school from Sundance, WY. Janet had one sister, Joan (Witcher) Kokesh. Janet was previously married to Vernon Coe and had three children, Jody (Coe) Pekas of Rapid City, SD, Kim Coe of Vale, SD, and Ken Coe of Newnan, GA.
Janet has always been a hard worker from a young age, working on the ranch near Aladdin, WY, with her mother and sister. Later on, she worked for various government agencies and eventually for the postal service, where she retired as postmaster in 1991. After her retirement, Janet continued to work as a bank teller in Sturgis and in most recent years, she volunteered many hours at the Senior Center thrift store in downtown Sturgis.
Besides her work ethic, Janet “Gramma Coe” will be remembered for her contagious smile and full-hearted laugh, always dressed up, hair done, and lipstick on. She will be remembered for her chocolate chip cookies, popcorn balls, fudge, cheesecake, french toast, her special graham cracker cookies with frosting, and a block of melted butter on top of everything! She will be remembered for her avid book reading, playing the piano and accordion, her beautiful flowers and plants, thrift shopping, letter writing, and never forgetting to send a birthday card. She may have called you “sis” or “honey” and always had a cup of coffee and cream to offer! Family and friends all agree she was admirable, strong, independent, and touched the lives of everyone that had the pleasure of knowing her.
Janet is survived by daughter, Jody Pekas; son, Kim Coe and wife, Patti (Kopp) Coe; son, Ken Coe and wife, Melissa (Kuehl) Coe; as well as her 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; and sister, Joan Kokesh.
Janet was preceded in death by her parents, Edward “Platt” Witcher and Helen Witcher Roth; stepfather, Elmer Roth; brother-in-law, Joe Kokesh; son-in-law, Vic Zepeda; grandchildren, Trent Coe and Byron Crown; and great-grandchildren, Robert and Ella Brunson.
Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., followed by funeral services at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 16, 2019, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Reverend Bruce Baum officiating. Graveside services will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery in Spearfish.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    November 16, 2019 | 10:30am - 11:00am
    When
    November 16, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am
    Location
    Kinkade Funeral Chapel
    Address
    1235 Junction Ave.
    Sturgis, SD 57785
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  • Funeral Service

    November 16, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    November 16, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Kinkade Funeral Chapel
    Address
    1235 Junction Ave.
    Sturgis, SD 57785
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Reverend Bruce Baum
  • Interment

    November 16, 2019 | 2:00pm
    When
    November 16, 2019 2:00pm
    Location
    Spearfish Rose Hill Cemetery
    Address
    255 Ash Street
    Spearfish, SD 57783
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Ranee O'Rourke Turner

Posted at 06:32pm
Kim,
I am so sorry for the loss of your your Mother. She was a great lady. I know what you are going through because I lost my Father in July. Again I am so, so sorry for your loss and my prayers are with you and I hope the Good Lord can comfort you and your family in this time of well needed support.
God Bless you all,
Ranee Turner & Family
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Posted at 09:09am
We love you all and are thinking of everyone. So sorry for your loss.Love always, Connie, Lacie, Gracie, Ellee, Lyndee
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Skip and Deb Kuehl

Posted at 09:42pm
We are thinking of you during this difficult time.
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Kay Paulson Grinsteinnee

Posted at 06:03pm
Kim, Jody, Ken and families, so sorry for the loss of your mother.
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Mary

Posted at 04:16pm
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Janet's family, She was a real sweetheart and always knew a person when ever running into her. Hang on to your precious memories and she will live on in your hearts forever,
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