JUDITH COPLAN

j-coplan-photo.jpgJudith Ann Coplan died on Januray 12, 2008 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth as a result of an automobile accident. She was 55 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICES will be held on Thursday, January 17th, 11:00 AM at Zion Lutheran Church in Mora. Visitation will be Wednesday evening, January 16th from 5:00-8:00 PM at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora. Interment will be at Graceland Cemetery in Ogilvie.

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Judith Ann (Mettling Wiechman) Coplan was born May 20, 1952 in Rush City, Minnesota to Paul and Mavis (Lockert) Mettling. The first of seven children, Judy grew up on the family farm east of Rock Creek, Minnesota and attended St. Mary’s School and Pine City High School, graduating in 1970. On April 15, 1972 she married Steven Carl Wiechman. Together they made their home in the Pine City area and had two children, Travis Steven and Stephanie Ann. During this time Judy was an active member of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League of the Zion Lutheran Church of Pine City and also taught Sunday School. She also helped maintain their family farm.

Judy’s work experience included years of dedication to many Pine County offices, including the Sheriff’s Department Office, the Assessor’s Office (independent contractor for over 30 years), the Abstract Office, and the Farm Service Agency Office (Program Technician for 25 years). Judy was a very loyal and dependable employee and will be missed by her co-workers and those she served.

At the turn of the millennium (December 31, 1999), Judy married her second husband, Dean Arthur Coplan. They made their home in Mora, Minnesota where Judy was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church.

Judy was an incredible person. She was creative and intelligent, with many talents and a very generous heart. She was forever creating floor plans, and sewing bridesmaids’ dresses, Halloween costumes, and special outfits for family and friends. Her hobbies included working crossword puzzles, playing trivia games and cards, and attending sporting events of family members. She had an uncanny ability to know just the right gift to give someone. Her bright smile and contagious laugh lifted many people’s spirits. Anyone who knew her well, knew that her grandchildren were the loves of her life. She was always ready and willing to help family and friends. Judy will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Judy was preceded in death by her grandparents Peter and Mae Mettling, and Palmer and Elsie Lockert; her brother Joseph Mettling; and her children’s father Steven Wiechman.

Judy is survived by her husband Dean of Mora; her son Travis (Jenny) Wiechman of Brooklyn Park; her daughter Stephanie Toman of Brook Park; her grandchildren Josephine, Andrew and Steven Toman, and Ethean and Sunny Wiechman; her parents Paul and Mavis (Lockert) Mettling of Pine City; her brothers John (Laurie) Mettling, and Jeffrey Mettling of Pine City, Jerry Mettling of Forest Lake; her sisters Joan (Steve) Thieman of Pine City and Janine Mettling, OSB, of Saint Joseph; her sister-in-law Sue Mettling of Pine City; one aunt; three uncles; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation for Judy Coplan will be Wednesday, January 16th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora with a Prayer Service at 7:00 P.M. Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, January 17, 11:00 A.M. at Zion Lutheran Church in Mora. Rev. Greggory Coop will officiate. Organist will be Deb Menze. Pallbearers will be Brice Thieman, Nathan Thieman, Aaron Mettling, Ben Mettling, Luke Mettling and Zach Mettling. Interment will be at the Graceland Cemetery in Ogilvie, Minnesota. Arrangements by Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora.

6 guestbook entries for JUDITH COPLAN

  1. Dave and Kathy Forpahl January 14, 2008 at 1:55 pm #

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God be with you and watch over you in this time of sorrow. Although we did not know Judy, we know Jerry Mettling and he is a fine example of the Mettling family. God Bless you all!

    Dave and Kathy Forpahl

  2. Minnesota Farm Service Agency January 15, 2008 at 11:09 am #

    Judy will be missed by all her friends and colleagues at the Minnesota Farm Service Agency. We extend our heart-felt condolences to Judy’s family and friends.

  3. Shanna Karas Reynolds January 15, 2008 at 12:23 pm #

    I just wanted to let the Mettling family know that my thoughts are with you at this time. I have so many wonderful memories of Judy. She treated me like a daughter and I will miss her. God Bless!!

    Shanna, Blair, and Natalie Reynolds

  4. Jan & Dave Patterson January 15, 2008 at 2:51 pm #

    Dean and family – I am truly shocked by your loss. I worked with Judy several times when she and I were both working as private local assessors, and she always had that sweet smile, even when our duties were impossible. Prayerfully, memories of happier times will comfort you in the days to come.

  5. Roger Wurm Family January 15, 2008 at 4:48 pm #

    Our sympathies to the family. God Bless you all.
    Friends of Jeannine
    The Wurm Family

  6. Joe & Wendy Froelke January 27, 2008 at 9:23 pm #

    To the Mettling Family,
    Our thoughts & sympathies are with all of you during this difficult time. Although I didn’t know Judy, I have been friends with the family for many years. May your sweet memories of Judy bring you peace & comfort. God bless.

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