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Jane Olga Koep, 71, Parkers Prairie, died Thursday, March 12, 2009, at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.

Jane was born August 23, 1937 to Gustav J. and Agnes E. (Rabold) Krause in Parkers Prairie. She was baptized October 3, 1937 and confirmed May 20, 1951 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie. She attended Parkers Prairie public schools and graduated in 1955. Following her education she worked at Block's Department Store in Parkers Prairie.

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She was united in marriage to Erwin J. Koep on March 4, 1957 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Urbank. They lived in Spruce Center, where they owned and operated Spruce Center Bait. Her husband, Erwin, died on March 21, 1983. She sold the business to her son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Deb Koep. She worked at Club Miltona for a couple of years before moving to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1987. She was diagnosed with a rare lung disease, primary pulmonary hypertension, and returned to Parkers Prairie in 1991. She joined a medical study through the Mayo Clinic using the experimental drug called Flolan and was the longest living member of that original group. She moved into Windmill Ponds in Alexandria in August of 2008. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and was a former member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Belle River. Her hobbies included needlepoint, counted cross stitch, working with flowers, cooking and playing cards.

Jane is survived by a daughter, Jody (Brent) Ost of Parkers Prairie; a son, Jeff (Deb) Koep of Spruce Center; two sisters, her twin, Jean (Harlan) Angell of Miltona and Barbara (Ted) Myren of Burnsville; four grandchildren, Stephanie Koep, Amy Koep, Brad Ost and Jacob Ost; special friend, Ted Greenwaldt; along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Erwin; infant son, Joseph Erwin; and sister, JoAnn Koehn.

Funeral services were held March 16 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie with the Rev. Kirk Lee officiating. Music was provided by organist, Gloria Hollatz and vocalist, Dedra Zwieg. Burial was at St. Nicholas Cemetery in Belle River.

Pallbearers were Marvin Koep, Phil Koep, Joe Koep, Tom Lorine, Ralph Hemmerlin, Justin Hemmerlin and Gregg Myren. Honorary pallbearers were Phil and Westie Revering, Roger and Sandy Froemming, Milo and Joan Arvidson, Audrey and Chuck Jensen, Sylvia Brunson, Rosie Strodtman and the remaining Parkers Prairie class of 1955.

Arrangements are by Lind Family Funeral Service with chapels in Miltona and Parkers Prairie, www.lindfamilyfuneralservice.com.

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