Mary Jeanne Pinkerman
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Mary Jeanne Pinkerman
  • May 17, 1944 - February 3, 2017
  • Johnstown, Ohio

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Just like the life she led, Jeanne (Downing) Pinkerman courageously faced her cancer diagnosis to which she succumbed to with peace and dignity on Friday, February 3. Jeanne was born on May 17, 1944 in Johnstown, Ohio as the sixth child of Melvin Downing and Thelma (Williamson) Downing of Johnstown. She graduated from Johnstown High School class of 1962. Jeanne worked as a bookkeeper at Martin-Brower Trucking and Flagg Jewelry Imports in Columbus and as a warehouse maintenance assistant at The Limited in Columbus. In 1992, she retired and married her long-time friend, Lewis Pinkerman, and enjoyed almost 15 loving years together. Everyone close to Jeanne knew of her assertive personality and felt her love and support as she was a very giving caretaker, nurturer, and confidant. Through this journey, many have referred to her as "feisty". She leaves behind a loving legacy to her children, grandchildren, siblings, many nieces and nephews, and their children. Jeanne is survived by her daughter, Cathy (Cooperrider) and Greg Neff of Johnstown and their children, Steve Neff, (fiancé Kristin Milligan) and Maddi Williams, (Kyle); her son, Don Cooperrider and Carolyn of Brighton, MI, and their children Garrett, Grant, and Olivia; her step-son, Chris Pinkerman and Carol of Boynton Beach, FL and his sons, Chase and Cole. Jeanne is also survived by her brother, Jim Downing (and Catharine) of Johnstown, and her sister, Sally (Downing) Plum of Mercersburg, PA. Preceding her in death is her husband, Lewis Pinkerman, and her sisters, Joan Cline (Newark), Lois Bradley (Newark), and Nancy Clark (Johnstown). A celebration of Jeanne's life will be held at the Johnstown Presbyterian Church at 10:30 on Saturday, February 18th where the family will greet friends starting 60 minutes prior. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Central Ohio Hospice whose special angels, Tiffany and Krystal, helped care for Jeanne in her final months. See www.hospiceofcentralohio.org for details or envelopes will be made available at the service for donations.