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Jane Edith Cook

February 19, 1943 - June 18, 2021



Jane Edith Cook of Cadillac passed away Friday, June 18, 2021 at her home, surrounded by a family of friends. She was 78.

Jane was born February 19, 1943 in Flint to Curtis A. and Flora (Bancroft) Farrow.

She graduated from Swartz Creek Community Schools and later returned there to teach and coach for over 30 years. Jane earned her bachelor’s and later master’s degree in 1972 from Michigan State University and remained a loyal MSU fan. Through her teaching and coaching Jane made a positive impact and formed many meaningful life-long friendships with the students she taught and coached.

Jane had a life- long love of sports and travel. She enjoyed many trip to watch the Women’s Final Four as well as many trips to the Olympics. Jane especially loved golf and waters sports and her time on the lake. She was a thoughtful friend, problem solver and loved the last four years she had with her dog, Charlie.

She is survived by her cousins: Robert Bancroft, Skip Bancroft, Andrew Bancroft, Sara Bancroft, Phyllis Cupal; many other extended relatives and a family of special friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and good friends, Melba Slaght and Carole Jenkins.

Memorial services will be held 1:00 PM Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at Peterson Funeral and Cremation Services. Friends may meet the family one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Graveside services will take place at Sunset Hills Cemetery in Flint at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. An online guestbook is available at

Guest Book

  • Sandi Jaroneski Rasnake - Jun 20th, 2021 12:49 pm

    "Jane meant alot to me when I played sports. She understood what kids needed. She first coxed me into playing speed ball when I was a junior. Then she enticed me into throwing shot put and discus. She had a tug of war over me with Mr Coon when he wanted me to do powerlifting but she knew it would be good for me. She played a huge role in getting the NMU field hockey coach to let me try out for the team my freshman year in college. She played a huge role in who I am today. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart Jane. Rest in peace."

  • Tammy Parenteau - Jun 20th, 2021 3:02 pm

    "Ms Cook was my basketball coach in High school she could be tough, but she had a way of getting the best out of you. She was a coach that knew what she was doing. You just had to listen to what she was trying to tell you and in the long run you would be the better for it. If I only knew then what I know now as an adult Ms Cook! Thank you for your time, patience, talent, education and kindness. May you Rest In Peace. "

  • Janell La Pointe (McFaul) - Jun 20th, 2021 5:53 pm

    "A wonderful person, great teacher, awesome coach and mentor, and a true friend describes what Jane was to me. My sincere condolonces to her family."

  • Annette Stillman Barrett - Jun 21st, 2021 12:02 am

    "Condolences to Jane's family & friends. Jane was an amazing coach & was able to bring out the best in her athletes. She was kind & compassionate. I remember being a freshman & hearing rumors about the track coach, only to find them laughable once getting to know her! I have only good memories of her & fun times!❤"

  • Tonya Ketzler - Jun 27th, 2021 5:00 am

    "Jane was a life long family friend. She was in my grandma's girl scout troop and friends with my Aunt Martha and Uncle Mike. She became my friend later in life, although I had her in school for gym. Her smile was contagious, her heart sincere. She made a difference in people's lives and she will be remembered fondly. Blessings to all who loved her for peace and comfort during this very hard time from the Ketzer Klan. "

  • Marjorie Carlson - Jun 28th, 2021 3:03 pm

    "We met in college at Michigan State University where we were sorority sisters, roommates, and became lifelong friends. I will greatly miss her."

  • LeAnn Burt Zelenick - Jun 29th, 2021 4:41 am

    "My heart is heavy with the loss of Jane. As my track coach she set the trajectory of my life and over the past few years we were able to spend time together in a renewed adult friendship. I was already missing our visits and can't get over the fact there will be no more. Unfortunately tough family commitments keep me away from today's farewell."

  • Brenda Sabov - Jun 29th, 2021 8:15 am

    "We so enjoyed having Jane as a neighbor on Lake Mitchell! She was always so full of life and loved the water as much as we do! The neighborhood will not be the same without her. She was a large part of our family's life there and my kids' childhood! Rest in Peace, Jane! Thanks so much for the memories! "

  • Jill Kittell - Jul 2nd, 2021 3:12 pm

    "This is such sad news. I was just getting to know Coach again and visiting with her before Covid broke out. She meant so much to me in High School My Coach, my Mentor. I could go to her with anything and she always knew what to say or which way to direct me. She was bigger than life she had tenacity, wisdom and dedication at all times. She will be greatly missed I love you 💕 May You Rest In Peace!"

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