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Joleen Joyce Cook

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Joleen Joyce Cook Obituary
JOLEEN JOYCE COOK Joleen Joyce Cook, 88, passed away on January 12th, in Eureka, Calif, surrounded by her family. Joleen was born on July 29th, 1929, to Louis and Helen Kuelbs of Sleepy Eye, Minn. She always knew she wanted to be a teacher, and pursued her credentials at the Minnesota University in Mankato, Minn. She began her teaching career in Mankato, but soon moved out the California with several of her girlfriends and rented a home in San Francisco. Joleen continued her education at a nearby University. She and her roommates enjoyed hosting "Martini Night" at their home. John Cook, a neighbor, attended one and he and Joleen were married several months later. John was a lawyer and was searching the state for where he felt he could begin and grow his own practice. John and Joleen moved to Eureka, Calif. In the late '50s. They built the family home which was completed in 1963. Joleen resumed her teaching career in the Eureka City Schools District, teaching elementary level grade children. She was very passionate about educating children, but temporarily left her career in 1966 to raise their two daughters. Joleen used what time she had available when the kids were at school to participate in many social organizations. She was a member of the Lawyers' Wives Club, League of Women Voters, Eureka Arts Council, Baywood Country Club, and Elk's Lodge just to name a few. John and Joleen enjoyed social activities through the Humboldt Trap and Skeet Club, numerous Bridge (cards) Clubs, and various other group gatherings with close friends and neighbors. Despite all of her volunteering during the day, Joleen was always putting a warm cooked meal on the table for her family every evening. She spent her evenings reading and writing with her daughters, and helping them with their homework. Joleen was present at her daughters' musical performances, swim meets, soccer games, and all other sporting events. When she was younger, Joleen learned to play the clarinet, flute and piano. She passed her love of music on to her children. Joleen spent her Sundays teaching Sunday School at the First Presbyterian Church, with her two young daughters in attendance. Joleen stopped teaching at the church in the late 70's, but continued to go to services and was a life-long member. Joleen enjoyed her yearly visits to her home state of Minnesota, where her parents, sister, and extended family remained. She always filled the summertime months with family trips to local cabins in Willow Creek, Bluff Creek, and anywhere else she could find where John could enjoy some fishing on a nearby river while the kids went swimming. As her children left home for college, Joleen resumed her teaching job as a part-time substitute, primarily teaching at Lafayette School. In 1994, while hanging artwork in the classroom, she fell and broke her shoulder. This ended her ability to play golf, which she enjoyed very much. However, she became a Grandmother in 1996 to Danelle Hendershot, who fast became the light in Joleen's eyes. She became a Grandmother again to Breanna Ramirez in 2007. These two beautiful girls gave her great joy, and she was very proud of both. Joleen celebrated her 80th Birthday with numerous friends and family gathered in Eureka. Joleen was diagnosed with dementia at age 83, and spent her last five years at a care home in Eureka where she received the attention and care necessary. Joleen is survived by her husband of 62 years, John D. Cook, her brother Richard Kuelbs (Sheila), Daughers Karen Ramirez (Ceaser) and Ellen Cook (Anne Pagel), Granddaughters Danelle Hendershot and Breanna Ramirez. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Joleen was predeceased by her parents, Louis and Helen Kuelbs, her sister Betty Retzlaff and Betty's husband Mark Retzlaff. Joleen was a loving mother, wife, grandmother, aunt, neighbor and friend. She will be greatly missed by all. The family would like to thank the staff of Renaissance at TimberRidge for their loving care. We would also like to thank Hospice of Humboldt for their continuous support, and ask that any donations in lieu of flowers be sent to Hospice. In order to accommodate family and friends who need to travel, services are set to be held on Sat., March 17th, 11:00am at the First Presbyterian Church at 819 15th St, Eureka, CA. Reception to follow at the church. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com
Published in Eureka Times-Standard from Jan. 25 to Jan. 28, 2018
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