kuhlmanWEBJean (McClain) Kuhlman went to be with God and her family and friends in heaven on December 5, 2014. She died at the Bridge Hospice Care Center at Bowling Green at about 2:30 in the afternoon. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends here on earth.
She was born February 1, 1925 to Mike and Mandy McClain, remarkably loving and generous people who preceded her in death. She married Roy Kuhlman on July 5, 1947 and stayed by his side until he died in February, 1999. She lost her beloved first born son, Michael Kuhlman, December 1984 and her brother Don McClain in October 1979.
Jean was the last living member by marriage of ten Kuhlman brothers and sisters; Norma, Agnes, Hub, Jim, Walt, Sister Placida (Lucille), Sam, Roy, Marge and Ruth and their spouses. May she enjoy everlasting peace with all these treasured souls.
She is survived by her cherished sister Sara Ellen Wilson. Jean will be remembered by her five living children Patti (Dale) Koester, Susie (Steve) Deter, Cindy (Neal) Ungar, Dennis (Deb) Kuhlman and Amy (Bob) Downing. She was loved by 14 grandchildren, Jessica Koester, Russell Koester, Kim (Ken) Lampe, Pam (John) McQuaig, Teresa Ungar, Michael Ungar, Ryan (Jacqui) Kuhlman, Josh (Kristen) Kuhlman, Matt (Amanda) Kuhlman, Bethany (Dennis) Jeff, Justin Downing, Kate (Sam) Vilaysack, Charlie Downing and McClain Downing as well as 10 great grandchildren, Emma, Ben, Jack, Eliza Jane, Ethan, Hannah Jean, Carson, Alyssa, Zoey and Brody.
Jean was a resilient survivor of several illnesses in the course of her life. A year ago she became very sick due to complications of COPD and was given a grim prognosis. She lived on however and lived well, returning to her home and enjoying life for another year. During this past year she saw two weddings, three marriage engagements and best of all, the birth of two new great grandchildren. On days she was not feeling on top of her game, a visit by one of her charming sons in law seemed to have put the sparkle back in her eyes. In good times and bad she was gracious and strong, but she would be the first to tell you “Getting old is not for sissies!”
Jean graduated from McComb High School in 1943. During World War II, she traveled to Washington DC to work at the Pentagon. When the war ended, she returned home to the Findlay area and worked for Cooper Tire and Rubber Company until she married and had their first child, Michael. She then devoted her life to the care of her family. She raised six children, each one knowing they were loved and supported. She ran a clean home and the kids looked good for school and church. Motherhood was her calling and she relied on the Blessed Virgin Mary for guidance and comfort. She was a wonderful mother.
Jean was a member of the St. Michael the Archangel Parish since she converted to Catholicism in 1947 when she married Roy. She belonged to the Alter Rosary Society and was active helping with many school events during the years her children attended St Michael School and Liberty Benton High School.
One could not speak of Jean’s life without mentioning her wide circle of friends. She and Roy embraced life and left a legacy of good times shared by many. From winters in Florida, to summers on Lake Erie; from her coffee break group on the West Main Cross, to her River Road walking buddies; from the crew who fished at the Spayth cabin in Canada, to the cocktail hour group at Birchhaven, she nurtured friendships that enriched her life and theirs. Jean water skied, golfed, bowled, played shuffleboard, snowmobiled, danced (Jean and Roy were beautiful dancers. Roy said often she was the best looking gal in the room). She participated in fitness classes, walked (fast!), played cards, loved casino gambling and never knew a stranger. She would frequently embarrass her children by walking up to someone who may have looked vaguely familiar to say “Do I know you?” She’ll probably do the same in heaven.
Visitation will be held at the LEHTOMAA FUNERAL HOME, 201 Osborn Ave, Findlay, Ohio, on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. A family-only visitation will be held at 9:30 on Thursday morning at the funeral home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Michael the Archangel Parish, 617 West Main Cross St., Findlay, Ohio, Thursday at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to Bridge Hospice or to Cancer Patient Services.
Online condolences as well as fond memories may be shared with Jean’s family by visiting www.lehtomaafh.com.