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Janet Mary (Coty) Doepker

posted Jul 7, 2017, 11:19 AM by   [ updated Jul 7, 2017, 11:23 AM ]
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Janet Mary Doepker

October 9, 1935 - May 10, 2017

Janet Mary (Coty) Doepker, 81 years old, passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Duluth, Georgia of congestive heart & kidney failure.

Janet was born to the late William Coty and Theresa (Thom) Coty in Saginaw, MI on October 9, 1935. She married James (Jim) Doepker on November 1, 1951. They were married for 48 years.

Sadly, her husband Jim predeceased her on June 15, 2000. Janet was the mother of four surviving children; James Doepker and his wife Doris of Saginaw, MI, Judi Braun and her fiance Bill Foreman of Duluth GA, Jeanna Ray of Rock Hill, SC and Joel Doepker and his wife Lynda of Washington, MO. Janet was a grandma to Daniel Doepker, Susan Doepker, Rachel Doepker, Amy Doepker, Amanda Friedhoff, Tyler Braun and Samantha Doepker and will be sorely missed by all of them.

Janet was one of 16 children. She is survived by her siblings, Phyllis Baker and her deceased husband Bill, Arlene Holtman and her deceased husband Russ, Bob Coty and his wife Janice, Bev Ackerman and her deceased husband Bob, Jim Coty, Marge Jerome and her deceased husband Bob, Marilyn de la Osa and her husband Dan, Helen Weiss and her husband Terry Marcoux, Judith Christ and her deceased husband Howard, Ed Coty and his wife Joy, Thom Glaza & Barb Anthenet and her husband Bruce. She was predeceased by her siblings Mary Lipar, Shirley Meibeyer, and Joe Glaza. Janet was an aunt to 55 beloved nieces and nephews.

Janet was an adventurous woman and loved traveling, especially to the beaches of sunny Florida, and did so until she was 79 years old. She loved trying her luck at casinos (she sure did love those nickel slot machines), solving word puzzle, and playing games like Candy Crush.  Watching her friends’ and families’ stories on Facebook brought her great joy.

Among her friends and family, her reputation as a supreme Euchre player is legendary. As one family member noted; “Janet could win with the worst cards in the deck, with one eye closed and a hand tied behind her back”.

 Funeral Liturgy will take place 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 North River Road, Saginaw. Reverend Peter Gaspeny will preside.

A celebration of Janet’s life will be held the afternoon of Saturday, July 15, at Imerman Park in Saginaw, Michigan at 1 pm EDT. More details will be provided at a later date via this website and it will be posted on Facebook as well.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in her name to either of Janet’s favorite charities, Smile Train, New York, NY at or the Omaha Home for Boys in Omaha, NE at
We as a family feel she is up in heaven getting reacquainted with all those that passed before her. We want her to know that we love and miss our Mom, Grandma, and Sister and we know that you are in a better place now.