Kohut, Bette-Jean

Elizabeth-Jean Margaret Kohut, lovingly known as Bette-Jean sadly passed away on November 17, 2021, her 78th birthday at Brandon Regional Health Center. Bette-Jean was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on November 17, 1943. She settled in Souris after graduating from the University of Manitoba in 1964 when she married, farmer Jim Kohut in 1966.

Bette-Jean’s record of achievements is too long to list. Her family is proud of each and every one of these accomplishments as she set very high standards for herself and her family. Bette-Jean reinvented herself many times to get the job done, whatever that job may have been, and without complaint. Bette-Jean was an avid quilter, gardener, dog lover and best grandma ever. She was funny, feisty, very clever, witty and sweet.

Bette-Jean is survived by her husband of 55 years, Jim Kohut. Oldest son Jamie Kohut of Souris along with his wife Shannon Kohut and their two children, daughter Riley and son Jackson. Oldest daughter Sue-Ann Zawada of Hong Kong along with her husband Darrell Zawada and their three children son Will and daughters Ryan and Andie. Youngest daughter Christine Kohut of Toronto along with her husband Justyn Szymczyk and daughter Iza. She is also survived by her best furry friend, Teddy.

A celebration of Bette-Jean’s life will be held in the summer of 2022. In memory of Bette-Jean, donations may be made to the Town of Souris Beautification Fund, c/o Municipality of Souris-Glenwood Box 518 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0

“Too much fabric? I think the phrase you’re looking for is;                                             Too SMALL sewing room”.

 

43 thoughts on “Kohut, Bette-Jean”

  1. So sorry to hear of the passing of Bette-Jean. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Jim and all your family. Hugs to all.
    Sincerely, Linda and Dennis Hogman.

  2. We are so sorry to hear of Bette-Jean’s passing. Our thoughts & deepest sympathy to Jim and family. I remember the fun times we had as “roomies” at the U of M. May your memories bring you comfort.

  3. Jim and Family,
    I was heart broken to hear of Bette-Jean’s passing. She will be truly missed by all who knew her. Keep your precious memories of her close to your heart to help you through the difficult days ahead. RIP-BJ
    Connie

  4. Jamie, Shannon and kids – so sorry to hear about your mom/mother-in-law and grandma. Our deepest sympathy to you all.

    Pat & Rick Smith

  5. Jim, Jamie & Family, Sue-Ann & Family, Christine & Family. We are so very sorry for your loss. Our heartfelt condolences to all of you at this very difficult time. She will be missed by everyone who knew her !

  6. Jim and family. Our sincerest condolences. We have many fond memories of Bette-Jean. She was one of the first people to welcome us to Souris all those years ago.

  7. Jim, Jamie, Sue, Christine and families. We are so very sorry about the loss of Bette Jean. BJ was a wonderful, caring person, she will be missed by all who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this most difficult time.
    Sudsy and Jeannie

  8. Jim, Jamie, Sue-Ann, Christine and families. We are so very sorry to hear of Bette-Jean’s passing. She always had a smile and friendly word wherever we ran into her. You will all have many many memories of her to hold in your hearts!

  9. Our deepest sympathy to your family. She was a remarkable lady and a loss to our entire community. Cherish your memories. Hugs from Lauren and Al

  10. Jim & Family, so sorry to hear of Bette-Jean’s passing. Always hard to hear the loss of a friend. Our sincere condolences. Murray & Marcia

    1. Jim and family
      We are so saddened by your loss. Bette-Jean will be so dearly missed by the community of Souris, and so, so lovingly missed by her family. Her talents, her willingness to make a difference will long be remembered. Our sincere thoughts of sympathy are with all of you.
      Kathie and Brian Saunderson

  11. Jim
    We are sorry to hear the news.We share your sorrow
    and wish you strength to handle the grieving process.
    Always your friends
    Gord ,Norma Gadsby

  12. Our family is so sad to hear of Bette-Jean’s passing. She was a dear friend and a wonderful next door neighbor. Sending our sympathy to Jim, Jamie, Sue-Ann and Christine and their families. We are holding all of you in our hearts.

  13. Jim, Jamie, Sue-Ann, Christine and families so sorry to hear of the loss of Bette-Jean. My your memories pull you through this difficult time.
    Thinking of you all

  14. Jim and Family. So Sorry to learn of Bette-Jean passing.
    Our deepest condolences to you and your family.

  15. Condolences to you Jim and your family on the loss of Bette-Jean. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. Doug and Helen Fenwick

  16. May your cherished memories of Bette-Jean help your get through this difficult time.
    Our sincere condolences to you Jim and your family.
    Barry, Patti, Sam, Wyatt & Emily

  17. Our deepest condolences to you, Jim and your family. There are no words to help lessen your sorrow, but know that we are thinking of you and your family with much care. Cheryl and Neil

  18. Sorry to hear about Bette-Jean’s passing. I always enjoyed our little chats we had when meeting up while waking our dogs in the park. My thoughts are with all of you during this difficult time.
    Heather Collier

  19. Jim, Jamie, Sue-Ann and Christine and your families: our sincere and deepest sympathies on the passing of Bette-Jean. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families during this very difficult time and time to come. I have so many fond memories of Bette-Jean from when she was a substitute teacher, to my figure skating years, to working at the IGA so many years ago and just bumping into her when we came home. She will be dearly missed by all.

  20. My deepest condolences for your loss Jim, Jamie, Sue-Ann and Christine and all your families. Bette-Jean will be sadly missed.

    Derek Kohut

  21. We were very sorry to hear that Bette-Jean had passed away. We send our condolences to you. She will be missed by all who knew her. Our thoughts are with you in deepest sympathy, Ruth, Garry and family

  22. So sorry to hear of the loss of Bette-Jean. My sincere condolences. Thinking of you all during this sad time.
    Jill (McArthur) Kutz

  23. Jim and family ;
    We are very sorry to learn of the loss of Bette-Jean. We had a good visit at Souris pool this past summer.
    Take good care.
    Bev and Garth Towler

  24. The last thing I expected to learn today was about Bette -Jeans passing.
    I have many happy Sorority memories which include Bette -Jean.
    Our deepest sympathy to Jim & family.
    Joy & Willie Dunlop . B.C.

  25. Sincere sympathy from our family to yours.
    Bette-Jean contributed to the community in so many ways.
    You wrote a lovely tribute.
    Sincerely,
    Pam Whitfield

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