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Miriam L. Cotanch

February 6, 1921 ~ July 12, 2017 (age 96)

After a full life of 96 years and with her family present, Miriam Cotanch peacefully  passed away in Petoskey Michigan.

Born in Rockford, Ill, she grew up in Carthage Ill. She was a gifted student and graduated from high school at the age of 16.  After 2 years at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA, she transferred to Carthage College and graduated in 1941.

Reading the Bible daily, Miriam was a devout Christian and significantly supported the Lutheran church.  She was a world traveler with a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed entertaining her friends and family. Up until her death Miriam continued to play duplicate bridge and was a Ruby Life Master.

She is survived by her children Sue (Tom) Kennedy, Greenville, SC, Steve Cotanch, Raleigh, NC and John (Jeanne) Cotanch, Charlevoix, MI, 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

In honor of her parents, Miriam endowed a scholarship at Carthage College which provides an annual stipend over $10,000. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the W. Carl and Esther C. Spielman Scholarship fund at

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