W. Jean Coshun

On October 8, 2017, Jean left us after a short and unexpected stay at Waukesha Memorial Hospital and The Seasons Hospice Center, at age 77. Jean (nee Olsen) Coshun was born in Albert Lea, Minn., in 1940. She was the youngest of six children born to loving parents Elizabeth (nee Bisch) and William F. Olsen.

Throughout her life she greatly benefited from the love and attention of her older siblings, their spouses, and later, their families. Jean attended college in the Minneapolis- St. Paul area, which is where she met her husband, Donald Coshun, who was finishing a degree in veterinary medicine. Don said it was love at first sight and the two married after a six-month courtship. They moved to Donís hometown, where he joined the staff at Waukesha Animal Hospital and continued a family tradition of providing care to animals and their owners. They purchased an old farmhouse on the Fox River, where they poured their hearts and labored to turn it into a beautiful homestead. Jean first stayed at home to begin a family, but later finished her degree in home economics at Mount Mary College. In addition to raising her daughters, Melissa (Pat) Tarpey and Karn (Tom) Hopp, she taught home health aide and tailoring classes at Milwaukee Area Technical College. She greatly enjoyed passing on knowledge to her students and gained close friendships with a few special co-workers. After some years passed, Jean also took pride in contributing to the work being done at the animal hospital. Jean was a talented painter, seamstress, quilter and gardener. She and her husband loved to travel, enjoyed programs offered through Elder Hostel, and often wintered in Arizona. She and Don shared many interests in their later years as well, designing wire wrapped jewelry and encouraging others to share their love for daylilies through their work with the Daylily Society of Southeastern Wisconsin. She was equally committed to the mission being carried out through the Waukesha Service Club, where she made many special connections and friendships. Most of all, Jean enjoyed every moment she spent with her daughters, their husbands Tom Hopp and Pat Tarpey, and her grandchildren, Ryan and Jamie Tarpey of Glenview, Ill., and Brittany, Tanner and Morgan of West Bend. She has passed on her love of creativity, teaching and sharing to her family which they will in turn enjoy sharing with others.

We cannot begin to thank those who assisted in her care. They treated her and her family with the upmost kindness and respect.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate notes including memories or stories by those who knew Jean.

Memorials can also be sent in Jeanís memory to the Waukesha Service Club.

Jeanís family has chosen to grieve privately. There will be a celebration of her life for family and friends next summer when the daylilies are in bloom. Remember to take a moment to listen to the birds or plant a flower in your garden.

Church and Chapel Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 262-827-0659 or visit www.churchandchapel.com to view the online obituary or leave condolences. To receive this obit, text 1757628 to 414-301-6422.