Carolyn Cohen

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Carolyn Ruth Cohen, 92, passed away on January 3, 2021 in home hospice near Bertrand, Nebraska with her family at her side.  

Carolyn was born on November 28, 1928 in Grand Island, Nebraska to Fonelle and Donald J. Yocum.  She attended North Platte Public Schools and graduated with the class of 1946.  Carolyn enjoyed school and going to the library and helping the librarian at the North Platte Public Library.  Her first jobs were at the movie theater and she later worked as a telephone operator.  

On May 8, 1948, Carolyn and Gerald Cohen were wed at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wallace, Neb.  They began their married life on the Cohen farm south of Wallace until Gerald was called back into the service and they moved to San Diego, Calif. for a time.  They later bought a farm south of Wallace and lived on the farm until they bought the St. Mary’s Rectory and moved into Wallace.  They purchased a propane business and Carolyn kept the books for the business until it was sold in 1982.  They also farmed and ranched.  In 2005 Gerald and Carolyn moved to North Platte and Carolyn lived there until February 2019. 

To this union three children were born: Jerome, Jennifer and Jeremy.  Carolyn was a dedicated, loving and committed wife and mother and sacrificed so much for Gerald and each of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  

Carolyn was an amazingly talented person.  She was an excellent seamstress and made many of Jennifer’s clothes, as well as teddy bears and dolls for the grandchildren.  She painted many beautiful paintings and crocheted afghans and doilies.  She taught herself how to do many of these talents and perfected each skill. Carolyn enjoyed her collections of sad irons and teapots. In younger years, she was a parishioner of the St. Mary’s church and later the Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in North Platte. She was a member the Jolly Farmerettes Extension Club and worked for many years on the election board at Wallace. 

Carolyn was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald in 2011, her son Jerome in 2001, her mother and stepfather, Fonelle and Don Donaldson, her brothers, Lynn Yocum and his wife, Peggy, her brother Garey Yocum, her mother and father-in-law, May and William Cohen, brothers and sisters in-laws, Eugene Cohen and his wife Wilma, Pat Cohen and his wife Jo, Mary Smith and her husband Warren, Genevieve Coder, Robert and Eileen Cohen, and George Coder.   

Those who are left to mourn her passing are her son, Jeremy Cohen and his wife, Mary Ellen of Denver; her daughter, Jennifer Sand and her husband Dennis of Bertrand; daughter in law, Connie Cohen of Windsor, Colo.; her grandchildren, Jeff Cohen, John Cohen, Elizabeth Stalkup and her husband Zane, all of Windsor, Amy Bowen of Aurora, Colo., Jill Sand, Tiffany Hutzel, Josh Sand and his wife, Andi and Bethany Sand, all of Lincoln and Jonathan Sand and his wife, Mandy of Bertrand, Neb. and Maeve Cohen of Denver;  her great grandchildren, Kimberlin and JD Cohen, Thomas, Alexandria, and Daniel Lampert, Ty, Cooper, and Lainey Bowen, Dawson and Keenan Stalkup, Peyton and Grant Hutzel, Cohen, Sawyer and Livie Sand, Adrian, Elle, and Tilden Sand; her sister in laws, Patsy Yocum of Kearney, and Catherine Coder of Lincoln; and brother in law, Paul Coder of Wellfleet, Neb; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.  

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021 at St. Elizabeth Anne Seton Catholic Church with The Reverend Mark Sieker officiating. Rosary will be prior to the Funeral. Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. at Morningview Cemetery in Wallace, Neb. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 8, 2020 at Carpenter memorial Chapel.

Memorials may be made to the North Platte Senior Center.

Carpenter Memorial Chapel is entrusted with arrangements. Services will be held following all current health directives regarding Covid-19. The service will be livestream via Carpenter Memorial Chapel Facebook page. Online condolences may be directed to


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