Jean Takvam
1924 - 2020
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Jean Takvam

Sioux Falls, SD - On Saturday, November 14, 2020, Jean Takvam, loving mother and grandmother, passed away at age 96, at Ava's House in Sioux Falls, SD.

Jean Elizabeth Copeland was born on April 16, 1924 to Roy and Hilda (Mahs) Copeland of Minneapolis, MN. She grew up and attended school in Minneapolis. Jean was united in marriage to Clarence Takvam on June 4, 1949 in Minneapolis. They made their home and raised their three children in Richfield, MN, and they were long-time members of Bethany Covenant Church. In retirement, they relocated to Sioux Falls, SD to be near family. They were members of First Presbyterian Church in Sioux Falls. During the last four years of her life, Jean resided at Primrose Retirement Community in Sioux Falls.

Jean made every holiday and birthday a special event by serving delicious food and creating a warm environment. Many great memories live on because of her giving spirit.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence; her parents; her brother Wayne Copeland; infant daughter Deborah; sister-in-law Nellie Takvam; in-laws Ole and Mabel Takvam; and brother-in-law Bernard Takvam.

She is survived by daughter Holly (Wendell) Hoffman, Sioux Falls, SD; daughter Kim (Larry) Martin, Denver, CO; son John Takvam, Sioux Falls, SD; granddaughters Sarah Hoffman and Melissa (Matt) O'Brien, both St. Paul, MN; Elizabeth (Eric) Draper and Emily Martin (fiancé Ben Ramos), both Denver, CO; brother-in-law Lawerence Takvam, Maple Grove, MN; nieces Linda (Steve) White, Tampa, FL; and Jill (Don) Myhre, Maple Grove, MN.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to First Presbyterian Church, Sioux Falls, SD, and to Primrose Retirement Community, Sioux Falls, SD.

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Published in Argus Leader from Nov. 19 to Nov. 22, 2020.
Graveside service
Fort Snelling National Cemetery
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November 23, 2020
John, I was so saddened to hear of your Mother's passing. May God bless you and your family in this most difficult time.
Diane Lameyer
November 23, 2020
Dear Holly and family,
I am so sorry for your loss, your mother. Jean was always perfectly dressed and wearing a smile.
It was such a pleasure to know her and attend church with her. We, Jerry and Vi Hoover and Marvin and I attended dinner for six at your parent's home shortly after they move to Sioux Falls, your parents were the perfect host and hostess and we instantly became friends. What a loss for you, but such a rich life she had. She is now with her best friends, Jesus and Clarence.
Pat Boelman
November 22, 2020
We are sorry for the loss of Jean. She and my mom (Vi Hoover) always enjoyed going to events together. Jean always had a welcoming smile on her face. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
November 19, 2020
Dear Jean's Family,
We were fortunate to get to know Jean through Holly and Wendell. We knew her as a loving, caring person and always had a joyful spirit within her. She was friendly and made friends where ever she went. May your loving memories bring you comfort and God's grace bring you peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you to bring comfort to you in the loss of your dear mother, mother-in-law and grandmother.
We love you,
Reuben & Verda Tschritter
Reuben & Verda Tschritter
November 19, 2020
What a lovely lady who we were thankful to know. May you feel the Lord's tender care during the days ahead.
Chris Bollaert
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