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Jeanne Frances VanLear

Jeanne VanLear of Kalamazoo, passed away on June 10, 2020 at the age of 64. Jeanne was born on September 25, 1955 to Robert and Sherrie (Scott) Coash in Kalamazoo. Jean (known as Jeanne) Frances Coash VanLear, along with her twin sister Joan Mary, (d. 1960 leukemia) was born on September 25, 1955, at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She came into a family that already consisted of two little boys and two little girls. Jeanne’s parents, Robert E, and Sherrie A. (Scott) Coash, had the twins baptized in St. Augustine parish. In her young life she enjoyed playing guitar, singing with her brothers and sisters, the beach at Lake Michigan and traveling extensively in the United States with her family. She attended St. Augustine Elementary School, Monsignor O’Brien High School and graduated from the consolidated Hackett Catholic High School where she participated in school plays and a musical group that performed around Kalamazoo. She attended WMU and studied dietetics. In her adult life Jeanne lived in Hawaii, New York State, Vermont and Florida before returning to her home state of Michigan. She enjoyed watching Westerns, the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Lions on TV. She met the love of her life, Jun VanLear, in Florida, who followed her to Michigan to marry her on April 17, 1997. She worked for Bill Knapps, Holiday Inn and Best Western Hotels, and the Shell Oil Company. Jeanne enjoyed the arts; she was an accomplished cook who enjoyed exploring Asian cuisine, loved to read, preferred vacationing in Central America, and engaging in many craft projects, especially crochet. Jeanne was preceded in death by her twin and her mother. She is survived by her husband, Jun VanLear, who is employed by the Kalamazoo Library System, and her Father, Robert E. Coash, a resident of The Fountains. She is survived by her two children: Derek Daviau of Columbia City, Indiana and Danielle Larkin of Durham, North Carolina, and four siblings: James (Martha) Coash of Gobles, Carol (Ross) Feltes of Pentwater, Richard (Deborah) Coash of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Cathy (Peter) Schroder of Plano, Texas. She is survived also by several nieces and nephews. A family celebration of Jeanne’s life will be planned for later this year. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Jeanne’s honor to moveformiles.org through the website or Facebook. While visiting Jeanne’s webpage at www.avinkcremation.com please sign the guestbook by lighting a candle, and/or sharing a memory with the family. The family is being assisted by the Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society, 129 S. Grand Schoolcraft, MI 49087 (269-679-5622).

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A candle was lit in memory of Jeanne VanLear

Gloria Abbott Wheeler Jan 16 2021 3:40 PM

Jeanne worked with Larry & I at Shell for a number of years. She was always so sweet and was so patient with the customers just loved seeing her smiling face. The world has lost a beautiful soul. RIH Jeaane. Much Love Kay & Larry :heart:

Kay Scamehorn Jun 20 2020 7:35 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Jeanne VanLear

Anne Laurent Jun 16 2020 1:34 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Jeanne VanLear

Mary DeGrazia McClain Jun 16 2020 11:41 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jeanne VanLear

Cheryl (DeLaMater) Buchino Jun 14 2020 9:11 PM

I am saddened to hear of Jeanne's passing. I went to school with Jeanne 1st-12th grade and remember her as an smart, kind hearted person. When Jeanne lived in Hawaii, we became pen-pals. I still have the letters she wrote to me. I will keep her family in my prayers. RIP Jeanne.

Theresa (Johnson) Hojara Jun 12 2020 8:29 PM

Jeanne (Jeannie) and I were good friends in elementary school at St. Augustine. I have many fond memories of times we spent together, along with friends Mary, Becky, Lorraine, and others. I am sad to hear of her passing, even though we haven't been in touch since grade school. May you enjoy the peace of Heaven with your twin and your family. I know those who remained your friends, and your family will miss you greatly. Pat(ty) Barrett Mehl

Patricia Barrett Mehl Jun 12 2020 6:23 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Jeanne VanLear

Mark Ball Jun 12 2020 5:51 PM

Remember lots of Sunday nights at Coashes when we were kids as well of all the Christmas eves.

mike ponejolic Jun 12 2020 4:20 PM

Oh my sweet friend, I am so glad we got to chat last week. I will miss you. You were such a beautiful person and so much fun to be with. I am a better person for having know you Jeanne, you will not be forgotten. I love you.

Debra Kequom Jun 12 2020 3:41 PM