|Birth: ||Oct. 8, 1928|
|Death: ||Nov., 2007|
Class of 1946..
JEAN URDESICH COUGHLIN
Jean was born on October, 8, 1928, in Fresno, California, the youngest of four children.
Her parents, Drago and Bosilka Urdesich, were first generation immigrants from Yugoslavia.
Jean was very proud of her rich Serbian heritage and taught her children the lessons and values of family, faith, charity and love.
Jean attended local schools; Teilman Elementary, Central High School and Fresno State College majoring in English.
She enjoyed and excelled at many diverse activities and sports; playing softball, basketball, and performing in many dramatic productions.
She enjoyed singing and playing the accordian and piano; often accompanied by her big brother Milo. They were the Yugoslav version of Donnie and Marie except some of the songs were a bit racey.
Many vibrant parties were celebrated at "The Ranch" on Belmont Avenue with the "Belmont Gang"! Mom's social activities centered around the church and social hall.
The term "Party Girl" may have been a direct reference to her love of life.
She learned the Yugoslav language, Kolo dances, a strong faith in the Lord, and that with hard work, love, patience, and faith, anything is possible! Jean's family owned and operated a family restaurant during WWII, The Mission Cafe.
Her brother, Milo, brought home an 18 year old Irishman, Tom Coughlin. He must have been quite charming to be accepted into this tight knit community.
They enjoyed 41 exciting and challenging years of marriage including many well harmonized songs, lively ping pong games, smooth dancing, and delicious well peeled (Dad's job) Apple pies!
Tom and Jean were married in Fresno on September 15, 1951, and were blessed with three terrific children, Cathy, Tim and Kristen. They made their first home in Fresno, moving to San Rafael, and eventually settling in Fullerton.
Mom continued her love of performing, and appeared in many local plays and television shows. She was an extra in Hello Dolly and modeled for numerous print ads.
She devoted her time and talents to many charitable organizations, The National Charity League, the P.T.A., and The Serbian Mother's Club and Church Choir.
An effortless hostess, it was nothing for mom to entertain and cook for 50 people at the last minute. Her homemaking abilities were unlimited.
She would tackle any task, painting, plumbing, planting, gardening, her home was her shining domain and she was spotless. She put her heart and soul into all of her projects.
Her heart was always with her family in Fresno and Jean moved home from Southern California in 1979.
She was a member and Past President of the Serbian Mothers Club, enjoying the fellowship and faith of serving her community and church. Her many recipes are still being prepared to this day.
Jean worked for many years at The Lime Lite Restaurant serving her many friends and enjoying life. She also worked at the Manhattan Restaurant.
She had a remarkable memory for names and a charming demeanor.
Jean suffered a debilitating stroke in 1996 and endured and accepted her physical limitations with determination, dignity, courage and grace; never giving up the fight to improve.
She was a true "Unac Jena" (A female Serbian Warrior) descending from a long line of the same.
Her inspiration to all to smile in the face of adversity was legendary.
The Lime Lite will miss her Friday afternoons sitting at the bar with "her Tootsie" laughing and flirting with her friends and customers.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents Drago and Bosilka, her loving sister Vera, her fun loving brothers Milo and John and her sweet grandson Ian Fowler. Vjechna ja pamyat! Sweet dreams MaMa!
Mom surprised them and all of us by bouncing back from many health challenges along the years. She had had enough and let us know it was time to go home and be with her family.
Baba Jean is survived by her devoted children; Cathy and her husband George Milutinovich, Tim and his wife Shawn Coughlin and Kristen and her husband Kurt Gensicke.
She is also survived by six loving grandchildren, Patrick and his wife Kristin Milutinovich, Kelly and her husband Tony Stornetta, Corey and her husband Charlie Daniels, Lesley and her husband Gregg Fisher, and Brittney and Dillon Fowler.
She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren, Joseph, Jacob and Julia Stornetta, Madison, Michael and Matthew Milutinovich, Mia and Ellis Daniels, and unborn Baby Fisher, many nieces, nephews and lifelong irreplaceable friends.
Visitation will be held at Stephens & Bean Chapel on Wednesday,November 7, 2007, from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. followed by a prayer Service at 7:00 p.m.
A Funeral Service will be held at St. Peter the Apostle Serbian Orthodox Church in Fresno on Thursday, November 8, 2007, at 10:00 a.m.
Her grateful family suggests donations to be made to Saint Peters Serbian Orthodox Church or The Nazareth House.
STEPHENS & BEAN CHAPEL made the arrangements.
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