Jeanette Marilyn Kohls, 79, of Evergreen met our Lord on Saturday, March 22, 2014. A celebration of life service will be held Friday, March 28, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church in Evergreen.
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Jeanette M. Kohls was born Aug. 29, 1934, in Ottawa, Ohio. Her parents were Clarence Kohls and Loretta Kreinbrink Kohls, and stepfather Joseph Uphaus, all of Glandorf, Ohio.
Surviving sisters are Diane (Dennis) Jameison of Warren, Ohio; Evelyn McClure of Fremont, Ind.; and brother Joseph (Jane) Uphaus of Glandorf, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her son, David Spores, and brothers Donald Kohls, Corwin Kohls and Norman Kohls.
Surviving children are Ronald (Mary) Spores and children Austin, Alysha and Connor Spores of Redmond, Wash.; Kenneth (Kimberlee) Spores and children Jennifer, Matthew and Elizabeth Spores of Durham, N.C.; Ann Marie (Kurt) Kenchel and children Katelyn and Natalie Kenchel of Evergreen; Catherine (Jeff) Mitchell and children Jacob, Addison and Molly Mitchell of Thornton.
Jeanette graduated from Glandorf High School in 1952 and from St. Rita's Hospital School of Nursing in Lima, Ohio, in 1955. She became the head nurse of the surgical floor at St. Rita's Hospital.
She later joined the U.S. Air Force and became a second lieutenant as a flight nurse. While in the Air Force, Jeanette met her husband, Richard Spores, who worked for IBM. They married and traveled with work to Japan for two years, where their first son, Ronald, was born. They came back to the United States and lived in San Jose, Calif., where David, Kenneth and Ann Marie were born. They then moved to Rochester and later Byron, Minn., where Cathi was born.
After the children were in school, Jeanette renewed her nursing license. She worked many years at a convent for retired Franciscan nuns, Assisi Heights, in Rochester, Minn.
After 41 years of marriage, Jeanette and her husband divorced, and she moved to Evergreen. She left her friends in Minnesota but wished to be close with her daughters and growing number of grandchildren. Jeanette soon became a member of Christ the King Catholic Church, where she met her extended family of CTK parishioners.
She enjoyed traveling, especially with her parish friends both overseas and domestically. Jeanette was very spiritual and enjoyed her morning prayer and Mass. She also enjoyed family reunions and getting together with friends. She will be sorely missed.
Published in Canyon Courier from Mar. 26 to Apr. 1, 2014