Janet Sylvia Zartman Coplen
Janet Sylvia Zartman Coplen
Nov. 21, 1926-Nov. 10, 2011
ROCHESTER — Mrs. Janet Sylvia Zartman Coplen, 84, of 920 Sunflower Lane passed away Thursday morning shortly after admission to Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester. Janet was born Nov. 21, 1926 in Mexico, Indiana from the union of John William Franklin and Marie Flenner Zartman. Growing up she was one of five children. Janet shared her childhood with two sisters Rosanna and Carolyn and two brothers John and Glen. With great pride in 1945 she graduated from Fulton High School. Following high school she attended and graduated from cosmetology school in Ft. Wayne and became a hairstylist in Rochester. A 42-year resident of Argos, Janet and Frances moved to Rochester this past April.
On her 21st birthday in 1947, Janet married her best friend and love of her life, Frances Oliver Coplen. Together they enjoyed nearly 64 years of life’s adventures. Their union produced two children a daughter Linda and son Larry. Over the years the family tree grew to include a granddaughter Angela and great-grandson Milo, who was a long awaited apple of his Grandma’s eye.
Passionate about her faith — Janet became a member of the 1st Christian Church in 1969....a membership that spanned more than four decades. A dedicated employee, she worked at Torin Corporation and retired after 17 years. To keep sharp Janet enjoyed the challenges of jigsaw puzzles.
An avid gardener, Janet took great pride in planting flowers that enhanced the landscape of her yard each summer. A collector, Janet amassed more than 600 Beanie Babies. She was proud owner of a fine china plate collection including treasures by the artist Ted De Grazia, well known for his impressions of the native Americans of the southwest. To relax she and Frances enjoyed bowling in the mixed leagues and senior league in both Plymouth and Rochester. Together they enjoyed wintering in Mesa, Ariz. for 15 winters.
As a talented baker, Janet was best known for her delectable cherry and apple pies with her secret homemade crust, often imitated but never duplicated by many who tried.
Janet is lovingly remembered by her husband Frances, daughter Linda Hagen of Oswego, Ill., a son Larry Coplen of Indianapolis, her granddaughter Angela Ossar and husband Joel and their son Milo Benjamin Ossar all of Austin, Texas. Preceding her in death were her parents, two sisters Carolyn Young, Rosanna Overmyer, and two brothers John Robert Zartman and Glen Dean Zartman.
A celebration of the life of Janet Zartman Coplen will be Monday at 10 a.m. at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Friends may visit with her family from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday and an hour prior to services Monday. Rev. Mike VanHeyningen will preside. She will be laid to eternal rest in the family plot at Rochester’s IOOF Cemetery.
The family asks that you consider memorials made in Janet’s name to the 1st Christian Church. Visit Janet’s web page and sign her guestbook or light a candle at www.goodfamilyfh.com.