GIBSON CITY — Joan Marie Cook Cothern, 77, of Gibson City, formerly of LeRoy, passed away at 8:41 a.m. Tuesday (Feb. 14, 2017) at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City.
Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, with Dave Sobkoviak officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, LeRoy. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Joan was born Oct. 21, 1939, at Onarga, a daughter of Alerich J. and Pearl M. Randolph Beckman. She married George A. Cook Sr. on April 12, 1958, in Titusville, Fla. He passed away Jan. 30, 1996. She later married Glenn V. Cothern on Oct. 23, 1999, in Gibson City.
She is survived by husband, Glenn V. Cothern, Gibson City; children, George “Butch” Cook Jr., LeRoy; Lisa (Rusty) Wright, Ten Mile, Tenn.; Kelly Duby, Normal; Pamela Fulk, LeRoy; Katrina (Earl) Nalley, LeRoy; and Rhonda (Phillip) Bachman, Heyworth; stepchildren, Daniel Cothern, Plainfield; Kelly Fermazin, Warrenville; Georgia (Tony) Souspriskis, LeRoy; and Dixie Weinheimer, LeRoy; 26 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and sister, Eleanore Taden, Watseka.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother; grandson, Joseph Nechkash; daughter-in-law, Jean Cook; and son-in-law, Don Duby.
Joan received her associate degree in business. Joan co-owned CF & H Construction with her late husband, George Cook Sr. She had worked at the Apartment Mart in Bloomington, and retired from the accounting department at Illinois State University in 2001. She was a member of the Junior Women’s Club, LeRoy, and member of the Gibson City Lions Club. Joan loved her family, gardening, playing cards, bowling and traveling.