Irma H. Cochrane, 104, of Oshkosh, passed away peacefully Sunday evening, August 21, 2011 at the Garden County Nursing Home is Oshkosh.
A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Oshkosh with Pastor Ray Weinerman officiating. Private Family burial of the ashes will be held at the Parkview Cemetery, beside her husband, Alex in Hastings, Nebraska at a later date.
A memorial has been established in Irma’s name to the Garden County Nursing Home Activities Fund or the United Methodist Church in Oshkosh.
Cards may be sent to: Ladd Cochrane, 1721 26th Ave CT, Greeley, CO 80634
Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest book and leave condolences online at www.holechekfuneralhomes.com.
Holechek Funeral Home & Cremations in Oshkosh is in charge of the arrangements.
Irma was born on May 17, 1907 in Litchfield, NE to Henry and Emma (Murphy) Harris. She had one sister, three half sisters and three half brothers. As a young woman, she helped her parents in their grocery store and in their restaurant where she learned to cook. In 1924, she married Alex J. Cochrane and together they moved to towns in Nebraska where Alex was football and basketball coach. They were in Oshkosh, Nebraska, when he passed away in November of 1954.
Irma was employed in Oshkosh at the local ASC office until her retirement. She was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church where she sang in the choir, was active in the women’s group and gave a number of programs. She served on some local boards and was always proud of “her little town” of Oshkosh. Irma insisted that she never be asked to move away from Oshkosh so it is fitting that she passed at the Garden County Health Services where she was treated with love and respect her final years by persons who had known her their whole lives and who Ladd called “the angels”.
Irma is survived by son, Ladd and his wife, Dee of Greeley, Colorado; and daughter Kathy and husband, David Zweig of Madison, WI and Green Valley, AZ. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alex J. Cochrane, Sr. and her son, Alex J. Cochrane, Jr. and his wife, Mary Alice Cochrane.
Most important to Irma’s life besides her family were her friends and the fun she had with them—singing dancing, partying and the quiet times. The family thanks all who cared for her and added happiness and love to her life.