Janet Steward Cohenour, 95, of Winona, and formerly of Tulsa, Okla., passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 8, 2013, at Saint Anne Extended Healthcare in Winona, surrounded by her loving family.
Janet was born March 28, 1918, in Pretty Prairie, Kan., to Cecil and DeEtte (Reighard) Steward. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in art education from the University of Tulsa and later went on to receive her masters degree from Union College in Ky. She was united in marriage to Francis D. Cohenour on July 22, 1944, and, together they raised four children. Janet taught art to elementary through college-aged students from 1942 to 1991. Her passion for art and love of teaching inspired many generations of students. Janet was a member of the National Art Education Association, Delta Kappa Gamma, and AAUW, and stayed involved with various social organizations. A woman of faith, Janet was active in her church and enjoyed Bible studies. She was a loving mother and grandmother, a devoted wife and a great friend. She enjoyed playing bridge, and loved attending dances with her husband. In 2009, Janet relocated to Minnesota to be close to family. At Saint Anne, she enjoyed social activities and developed close relationships with the staff and other residents.
She is survived by her son, Dale Cohenour of Barbourville, Ky.; daughter, Gretchen (John Short) Cohenour of Winona; grandchildren, Claire Short, Noah Short, Madeline (Robert) Camp, Audrey (Will) Newton, Frances Cohenour; and three great-grandchildren. Janet was preceded in death by her husband, Francis; daughter, DeEtte Cohenour; and son, Chad Steward Cohenour.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at The Chapel of Our Lady at Saint Anne Extended Healthcare in Winona. A celebration of Janetís life will begin at 1:30 p.m.
Private graveside services will be held at a later date at Rose Hill Cemetery in Tulsa.
Please share a memory of Janet with her family and sign the online guestbook at www.hofffuneral.com.