Jean Eleanor Wilkin, 86, of Newcomerstown, passed away peacefully on Feb. 21, 2013, at the Hospice House in New Philadelphia, after a sudden illness.
She was born April 7, 1926, in Gnadenhutten, to the late Selvanus "Bud" and Gladys (Stocker) Kohl.
She graduated in 1944 from Gnadenhutten High School, where she was known as a cheerleader and a member of the band.
On July 6, 1946, she married Dick Wilkin, and through the years they had five sons.
Jean was well-known for her loving personality and her infectious laughter. She very much enjoyed cooking, crocheting, attending sporting events and school productions, and spending time with her family. A lot of time was spent around the dinner table eating her home-cooked meals. Even as she became older, she would play whiffle ball in the backyard with her grandkids. Her loving and fun outlook on life has definitely been passed down through her three generations.
Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Dick; son, Tom; grandsons, Heath and Justin Wilkin; and brother-in-law, Russell Neal.
She is survived by four sons, Craig (Mary Ann), Dusty, and Dan Wilkin of Newcomerstown, and Mike (Rachel) Wilkin of Dover; seven grandchildren, Angie (Trent) Couts of Gnadenhutten, Derrick and Dusty and Lindsey (Dave) Bryan of Newcomerstown, and Megan and Mallorie Wilkin and Miranda Grasselli of Dover; 12 great-grandchildren, Jillian and Kellen Couts, Payne Wilkin, Heath Wilkin, Cayden, Brennan, Madison, Abigail, and Wyatt Wilkin, and Tayte, Tristen, and Trace Bryan; sister, Sue Neal; and brother, Don (Janice) Kohl of Newcomerstown, complete her family.
Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in the Addy Funeral Home, Newcomerstown, with Pastor Ron Little officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Community Hospice at 716 Commercial Ave. SW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663.