OBITUARY

Jean Ann Drumm

January 10, 1950January 1, 2019
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Age 68.

Preceded in death by her parents, James & Rose Mary Geisenhoff.

Jean will be deeply missed by her husband, Harland; sister, Mary Ellen Coughlin; children, Jack “Bob” (Naomi Lund) Copeland, Adam Copeland; step-children, Kim Drumm, Todd (Valerie) Drumm, Dawn Drumm, Eric (Tiffany) Drumm, April (Jason) Femrite, Jennifer Drumm; many grand & great-grandchildren.

Jean was a graduate of Archbishop Murray High School & St. Catherine University.

Gathering of friends and family will take place at Wulff Funeral Home, 1485 White Bear Ave, St. Paul, on Sunday, January 20, 2019 from 1pm-4pm.

  • FAMILY

  • Jean was preceded in death by her Parents, James & Rose Mary Geisenhoff.

    She will be deeply missed by her Husband, Harland; Sister, Mary Ellen Coughlin; Children, Jack “Bob” (Naomi Lund) Copeland, Adam Copeland; Step-Children, Kim Drumm, Todd (Valerie) Drumm, Dawn Drumm, Eric (Tiffany) Drumm, April (Jason) Femrite, Jennifer Drumm; Many Grand & Great-Grandchildren.

Services

20 January

Gathering of Friends and Family

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Wulff Funeral Home

1485 White Bear Ave.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55106

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Biography

Jean Ann Geisenhoff, daughter of James Peter and Rose Mary Geisenhoff, was born
on January 10, 1950 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. A beautiful child, she was their
second girl, and was baptized on February 12, 1950 in the Church of St. Matthew
in St. Paul.

The family lived in a small, two bedroom extension, in Highland Park. The area they
chose was new post-war housing, and all filled with other families very similar to
theirs, with few exceptions. As a result, there were a lot of children, and a lot of
mothers; mothers were rarely employed outside of the home in those days. The
Geisenhoff girls (and all the other kids) were raised by an entire street, if your
mom didn’t see what you did, more than likely your neighbor did, and she (or he)
had a carte-blanche to spank you. It was worth it; if you were still hungry after
breakfast you could just walk into that same house later and they would usually
accommodate you just fine.

School was a different story. If you stepped out of line you’d get the
same punishment, but when you went home with your note, you’d be punished
again, father or mother style. Jean and her sister, Mary Ellen, attended St. Theresa’s
Catholic Grade School on the Mississippi River Blvd. That could be especially nice,
for the scenery could be amazing–unless you ran afoul of a teacher, as Jeanne did.
Her fifth grade teacher, for no reason her parents could understand, harassed and
tormented her. In the end her parents decided to disregard the unwelcome antics
of the teacher and just get through the year. It was perhaps not the right move;
Jean, who had a straight A average, watched her grades tumble and her confidence
plummet. Shortly after the year was over the teacher was removed, but too late
for Jean.

Jean attended St. Theresa’s from 1955-64. In the summer of ’64 the family sought
out a larger house, and found what they were looking for in a split-level in White
Bear Lake. Jim and Rose had decided that perhaps it would be acceptable to enroll the
girls in a public school, now that they were older, so Jean attended 8th grade at
Sunrise Jr. High, Mary 9th. Well, it seems it wasn’t quite right just yet (rumors attest the
troublemaker was the older of the girls) so the
summer of ‘65 the two were enrolled in Archbishop Murray H.S.

Jean was still underachieving, but her grades did improve at Murray. She made the
honor roll a few times, and made a few lasting friends. She graduated from
Archbishop Murray in 1968.

In early fall after graduating from Archbishop Murray, Jean met some friends at the
A&W (yes, they still had drive-ins then!). She left by herself later in the evening, not
realizing her sister and later-to-be brother-in-law were in the same parking lot.
Jeanne left, and Mary noticed one of the other cars (notably a 1969 midnight-blue
Chevelle SS) was possibly following her. After arm-fisting her date’s arm, he
reluctantly threw his car into gear and followed, until after a few turns he too was
convinced. They continued to follow until, a couple of turns from Jean’s house,
Chevy Guy broke off and took off, speeding straight ahead after Jean’s left turn.
Mary and her date broke off, convinced Chevy-Guy had discontinued his pursuit.
Well, he hadn’t, and after taking the next left and a short time looking for
headlights, they met for the first time in her driveway.

That meeting was a momentous occasion, for on May 2, 1970, Jean married Jack
Copeland. On Feb. 9, 1971 they welcomed their first son, Jack Robert into the
world; and on Sept. 8, 1977, their second son, Adam.

Jean and Jack and boys traveled for work and pleasure, which included moves to
Olympia, Washington, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Washington, D.C.
But no marriage is perfect, and Jean and Jack divorced in 1982.

Jean spent the next few years rediscovering herself. She returned to school,
choosing St. Catherine’s University, where she studied Business Administration and
Interior Design. She graduated with honors, and was at the top of her game. She
was happy, intelligent, caring, thoughtful and determined; work was going well,
health was good. Jean traveled extensively for work with legal teams in Minneapolis and she took her mother to Europe, twice.

Life was good.

Jean wasn't looking for a husband, but then she was introduced to Harland Drumm. He was the tall guy standing by the bar; drink in
hand, cowboy hat and boots, a swagger in his step, and a definite air of mystery.

After a whirlwind courtship, they planned to marry. Jeanne had planned the reception to
perfection; it was to be held at the Calhoun Beach Club, sit-down dinner, 300 guests on Saturday, November 28th 1998. They’d fly to Las Vegas, get married
sometime between Tuesday and Friday night, fly home Friday night. Mary, Jean’s
sister, accompanied them as Matron of Honor, and Harland’s brother, Denis, flew
in from Reno to be Best Man.

They had a lot of fun in Las Vegas.

It was Friday morning when Mary finally raised the question: “When’s the
wedding?” After they found out Harland had meetings planned for all day Friday,
they knew Harland and Jean were returning home to a beautiful reception, but
unmarried.

Saturday morning Mary was awakened at 9 am by Jean: “Hurry Up, we found a
minister who will marry us.” When Mary arrived at the destination, she found a
Baptist church in North Mpls. The minister, Harland, and Jean were waiting for her.
The minister was an amiable, soft-spoken man who spoke up when the couple
realized they needed to provide another witness. He suggested the man roofing
the church. Jean agreed, and shortly they were married, Mary and the roofer
witnessing.

And the reception turned out perfectly.

In 2001 Jean found the perfect house to remodel. She bought a row house on
Nicollet Island that was over 150 years old, and spent over 15 years making
extensive renovations. She had a particularly good eye for the details. The house is
so like her, it’s as if she spilled her heart into every nut, every bolt. The house shows
her witticism, her intelligence, her thoughtfulness, her determination, her caring
and her love.

Jean died after a battle with colon cancer. And it was fitting she passed in
that house, that house that meant so much to her. Even in her passing, Jean was more
concerned about her family and friends than herself. More importantly,
she treasured, respected, loved and was extremely proud of her husband, Harland,
and her two sons, Jack and Adam.

Jean was an inspiration to many, and will be greatly missed and never forgotten by those who love her dearly.