Zelma Deloris (Spaulding) Cohoon, 79, of Sault Ste. Marie Michigan passed away September 20, 2016, at the Robert & Helen Ball Hospice House of the E.U.P. Zelma was born to Walter and Doris (Greenwood) Spaulding on September 21, 1936 in Ann Arbor Michigan. She was one of 8 children. She graduated from Ann Arbor high school in 1955 and returned to school after reaching the age of 60 to earn an associate’s degree from Bay Mills Community College. Zelma worked at Michigan Bell Telephone Company in Ann Arbor, transferring to Newberry. While working as a telephone operator in Newberry, she met and started dating her husband, Eugene L. Cohoon of Sault Ste. Marie. Eugene was a toll testman for Michigan Bell. They spoke often while working and finally married March 5, 1967 in Rudyard Michigan. She retired from her job when Michigan Bell closed their Sault location in 1979. She then worked at Bay Cliff Health Camp during summers, Bell Tourist Enterprises, and retired from Walmart after over 20 years of service. She also volunteered for many organizations. She spent many weekends with the Michigan Bell Pioneers, volunteering at Bay Cliff Health Camp, preparing the facility for campers.
She was a leader and board member for Camp Fire Girls for over 10 years. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Sault Ste. Marie and tended their gardens for many years. She also served as a member of Women in Christ at Immanuel and volunteered many hours working with the children who attended school there. She was instrumental in the renovation and opening of the museum at the Iroquois Point Lighthouse and served over 30 years assisting with the management of the facility. She also worked many years with the Brimley Historical Society and helped renovate and operate the Railroad museum located in Brimley Michigan. She was a member of KIT club and volunteered with the Great Tugboat Race. She also assisted with several 4-H groups and spent many weekends helping with horse shows. Her hobbies included gardening and woodworking.
Zelma is survived by her husband of 49 years, Eugene L. Cohoon. She is also survived by a sister, Winnifred Rodriguez of Ann Arbor Ml, sister in laws Maria Cohoon of Midland Ml, Virginia Evans of Beaverton Ml, and Shirley Cohoon of Frankenmuth Ml and Brother in law Stewart Cohoon of Fortuna CA. Zelma was very proud of her large blended family and is survived by her children, sons Terry Colquhoun of Evergreen Shores, St. Ignace Ml, Capt. Daniel (Carolyn) Hobbs of Traverse City Ml, Daughters Gail Hobbs (Thomas) Williams of Sault Ste. Marie, Nancy Hubbard (Tony) Sinnott of New Glarius Wl, and Karen Cohoon (Andrew) Kucharczyk of Sault Ste. Marie. She has 15 grandchildren. Annette Hobbs ( Dan) Maijer, Cortney Hobbs (Jason) O’Brien, Ian (Nikita) Cohoon, Kellie Cohoon (Josh) Andrews, Misty Hobbs (Michael) Spraitz, Skyler Hobbs, Dr. Reilly (Rachael) Hobbs, Devon (Annette) Hobbs, Travis (Christine) Williams, Miles (Amanda) Williams, Rosie Johnson, Carley Foss, Robin Bunnell, Erin Santiago Bunnell, and Andrea Kucharczyk (Matt) Clow. Also surviving are Daughter-in-laws Brenda Hobbs of Traverse City Ml, Connie Rhodes of Sault Ste. Marie, Carla Johnson of Wiggins MS, and Janey Johnson of McHenry Mississippi. Zelma also has 13 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, Doris and Walter Spaulding, step father Ward Wheelock, mother and father in law Gay and Bessie Cohoon, brothers Dorrance Spaulding and Warren Spaulding, sisters Ardis Kliebacker, Novella Null, Deverna Hubbard, and Velma Hubbard. Brother in laws, James Cohoon, Elliot Cohoon, Donald Cohoon, Morris Evans, and sister in law, Dorothy Cohoon. She was also predeceased by two sons, Capt. Dean Hobbs of Traverse City Ml and Kevin Cohoon Johnson of McHenry MS.
Visitation will take place at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Washington Way, in Sault Ste. Marie on Monday September 26, 2016 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am with memorial services at 11:00 a.m., Pastor Jeff Grundmeier will officiate. Lunch will follow in church basement. A private family internment will take place at a later date. Hovie Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions would be appreciated for Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay Michigan or Hospice of the E.U.P.
Zelma requested that we thank Dr. Paula Rechner, Dr. Joe Garlinghouse, Dr. Edward Smith and Dr. David P. Michelin for the excellent care she received throughout her illness. The family would like to thank the Hospice of the E.U.P. for the amazing care given Zelma in her home and in the Hospice House. Their dedication and compassion to our loved one, and her family, were amazing and we are eternally grateful to them.
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