Jane A. Cochran, 82, recently of Bellefontaine, OH and formerly of Winslow, ME, left this world very quietly and peacefully at her home in the morning of September 22, 2022. She left to join her beloved sister Judith (Judy) A. (Buzzell) Cochran and her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was born in Skowhegan, ME on July 31, 1940, to the late Basil A. Buzzell and Mary B. (Cook) Buzzell. She was educated in Oakland, Maine and attended some classes at the University of Maine.
On September 5, 1956, she married her childhood sweetheart, Dana J. Cochran and he survives. They raised 7 children in Oakland, Maine (4 sons and 3 daughters) who all survive. Daniel J. Cochran, David J. Cochran (wife, Dawn), Joy D. (husband, Claude Leroux, Jr.), Jill D. Cochran (Donny Farrington), Jonathan D. Cochran (wife, Cathe), DeAnna J. (husband, David E. Trask), and Jeremy D. Cochran. We also remember Mom’s 4th Daughter by windfall, Diana M. (Otis) Cochran, who was always there with a song, a smile, and sentimental words and deeds so cherished. Jane is also preceded in death by Geneva Cochran, first wife of David.
Jane is survived by her brother, Warren A. Buzzell and his wife, Ethel (White) Buzzell of NH and FL, whom she loved dearly, chatted with regularly and regretted leaving, especially so closely behind their sister, Judy. Their visits made to Ohio were one of the highlights of her last year. She is also survived by a brother, Wayne A. Buzzell of NH.
She was proud to be a Grandmother to 18 children, Great Grandmother to 28 children, and Great-Great Grandmother of 1 (Wesley Wall). She was the Aunt, Great Aunt, Great-Great Aunt, and cousin to many treasured nieces, nephews, extended family. She believed in family and there are several close friends who were always “the family she chose”. Those members who were able to make their way to Ohio were greeted by her wide smile, loving hugs and just like the dinner table when we were growing up, there was always room for one more to join in.
Jane was a voracious reader of books, easily 6 to 7 per week, she loved camping and boating in her younger days and would never miss her favorite programs, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! (Please don’t call during Jeopardy!). Her love of reading and her sharp-witted mind made her a great conversationalist and a lover of crossword puzzles. She was instilled with the love of baseball and the Boston Red Sox at the tutelage of her father and this love she passed along to her children. Jane was known for her ability to remember the dates of everyone’s birthdays in her family and would quote them off easily when we needed a calendar or to be reminded exactly how old someone was. She was a competitive cribbage player and loved teaching her children and grandchildren how to play. She would never just “let you win” as learning the game and besting the champion was always such a triumph, followed by an immediate and familiar phrase …. “Loser’s deal”!
She was a strong Christian woman, who believed in the power of prayer, did daily devotions and read the Bible all the way through at least one time per year, out loud, with our father. She attended the Calvary Church of God for many years, singing in the choir and teaching Sunday school from time to time. After this church, she attended several other local churches until her ability to be mobile was too diminished to attend in person. So many of the friendships she made in church survive to this day, and we thank all of those who have expressed their sincere condolences and shared how she touched their lives.
There will be a Celebration of Jane’s Life, Funeral and Graveside services held on October 8, 2022, at Kingdom Life Church, 191 High Street, Oakland, Maine at 1:00 PM. Graveside service immediately following at Lakeview Cemetery, Oakland, Maine.
EICHHOLTZ DARING & SANFORD FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTER, Bellefontaine, Ohio, is honored to serve the Cochran family.
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