Janet K. (Bigelow) Cowin

August 12, 1942 ~ December 24, 2019 (age 77)

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Janet Karen (Bigelow) Cowin-77 passed away Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at her home in Cheever.

Predeceased by her parents Clarence and Shirley (Gough) Bigelow.


Janet was born in Hicksville, Long Island, August 12, 1942, the daughter of Clarence and Shirley (Gough) Bigelow. She eloped marrying the love of her life Ralph Cowin on October 7, 1961 at the Methodist church in Port Henry. They shared 58 Years together. Graduating from Westport Central School in 1961, she attended North Country Community College while working full time at Simmonds Precision/BF Goodrich as an assembler making airplane parts.


Janet was a dedicated wife, mother and especially loved being a grandmother. One of her favorite pastimes was cheering for her son Ralph Jr and grandsons Chase, Joshua, Tommy and Roland while they played football for the Moriah Vikings. Janet loved shopping with her daughter Karen and Granddaughter-in-law Tara, which they did a lot of! Lori her daughter-in-law will miss giving daily unsolicited advice that Janet didn’t always follow or want to hear. We will miss her stories of chasing her son Thomas around as a child/teenager. Her adopted son Adric (grandson) spent days at a time eating tuna fish sandwiches which she kept stocked in the cupboard. Janet spoiled her great-grandchildren rotten and referred to them as Little Buddy Darin and Princess Bre. She enjoyed her flower gardens, reading Mary Higgins-Clark and was never without her ipad. Janet spent every day making sure her husband Ralph was taken care of and loved his sense of humor. Every day was a new adventure together surround by their family.


Janet is survived by her husband Ralph Cowin Sr, her children Ralph Cowin Jr and partner Evelyn, Karen Clarke and partner Tim, Thomas and wife Lori Cowin. Her sisters Kay and husband Clifford Legacy, Bonnie Daniels and brother, Jay and wife Karen Bigelow. Her sister-in-law and best friend Athy Hamm. Her grandchildren Chase and wife Tara Clarke, Joshua Clarke and partner Alyssa, Thomas Cowin Jr, Roland Cowin and Adric Cowin. Great grandchildren Darin and Breanna Clarke. She also left behind many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.


Family and friends may pay their respects at Harland Funeral Home on Monday December 30, 2019 from 6 to 8p.m.


Funeral service will be held at the Westport Federated Church on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.


A celebration of her life will immediately follow the funeral at Knights of Columbus, Port Henry.


In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Moriah Ambulance Squad.



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December 30, 2019

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Harland Funeral Home
4279 Main St
Port Henry, NY 12974

Funeral Service
December 31, 2019

11:00 AM
Westport Federated Church (Westport)

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