Janis G. Copeland

September 12, 1926 - July 13, 2020

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Thursday, July 23, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel


Friday, July 24, 1:00 PM
Graveside at Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville


Janis Goar Copeland, 93, of Kendallville passed peacefully in her sleep on Monday, July 13, 2020. She was preceded in death and welcomed in heaven by her husband of 49 years, Clyde Richard (Dick) Copeland, parents Lottie Fuller Goar and Ernest Goar, and her sister, Katherine Adams.

Born in 1926 in New Castle, Indiana, Janis attended Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana, after high school where she earned an Associate’s Degree. She married Dick Copeland in 1947 and supported him as he earned his Master’s Degree in Music at Ball State. The couple lived first in Fort Wayne where they started their family and then moved to Kendallville in 1954. Janis worked as a legal assistant and typist before becoming Court Reporter at the Noble County Courthouse in Albion for 40 years. She was active in Tri Kappa in Kendallville and was a devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church in Kendallville where she sang in the choir for 35 years. After their retirements, Janis and Dick traveled to Hawaii, Scotland, and England.

In her later years, even after suffering a stroke that took her ability to speak in 1998, Janis was a wicked bridge player. In 2014, she traveled solo to Washington State to see her two grandchildren graduate college. She loved her cats, murder mysteries, and 60’s westerns.

Janis is survived by her children, Larry Copeland (Kendallville) and Kate Copeland Smith (Poulsbo, WA), and her grandchildren Julian Power Smith (Bainbridge Island, WA) and Clair Nicole Smith (Pittsburgh, PA).

Graveside services will be Friday, July 24, 2020, at 1 p.m. at Lake View Cemetery with Rev. Stan Kessler officiating.

Calling is Thursday, July 23, 2020, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville. The family is asking that face masks be worn and casual dress is preferred.

Preferred memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Kendallville.

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Guest Book

DeAnna, Ben, and Bella Judson
July 24th, 2020 3:04am

Our deepest condolences go out to Janice's family after the loss of your mother and grandmother. I will always remember her as the sweetest and kindest Aunt. She will be missed by all. Our love goes out to family and friends of Janice. Love her niece, DeAnna

Jerry & Sandra Campbell
July 22nd, 2020 6:11pm

Sorry about the passing of your mother. She was a good and long neighbor.

Roger Mcneill
July 21st, 2020 8:07pm

Larry & Kate, so sorry to hear about Aunt Janis. She was a wonderful family member and always kind to me. She will be missed.

John & Kim Elliott
July 20th, 2020 2:10pm
Flower Mound, TX

So sorry to hear of Janis' passing. Godspeed to all the Copeland family.

R Bruce Elliott
July 19th, 2020 5:53pm
Dallas, Texas

I am saddened at the passage of my sweet aunt. I had not seen her in quite a few years, but I have wonderful memories of her warmth, her spirited laugh, and her ever-positive personality. I will miss her - but I am so glad to have known her!

Stan Kessler
July 18th, 2020 4:14pm

Janis will be remembered for her patience and persistence and insight. Loyal and optimistic, she endured twists of fate care-fully. In my book, she deserves a Wow!

Michael (Mick) Newton
July 18th, 2020 12:12pm

I remember Janice well, and of course Dick as I was in band for a while. The picture you have posted of her is exactly how I remember her, she had the warmest smile and seemed always glad to see you. She was a nice lady, I’m sorry for your loss. Mick Newton

Susan Zeedyk Walsh
July 17th, 2020 9:58pm
Somerset, NJ

So very sorry for your loss. She was such a wonderful person. May your memories comfort you all. The family is in my thoughts and prayers.