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Catherine I. "Katie" Cooper
Catherine I. Bird HummingbirdCatherine I. “Katie” Cooper, 83 of LaRue, died late Sunday evening  March 28 2021 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born December 30, 1937 in Marion to the late Richard J. and Donna Mae (Pierce) Zender. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Martin Manford Cooper Sr. they were married in Marion August 7, 1967 and he died December 5, 2015. Also preceding her in death was a daughter, Donna Marie Cooper, sister, Evelyn Joan Bollinger, in-laws Ernest Arcuri, Marilyn Zender,and granddaughter Katrina Kay Fridley.

After school, Katie worked for the former Sycon and Abotts in Marion. She would go on to complete her G.E.D. from Marion Harding High School in 1987, the same year as her daughter Rhonda.

A true homebody, Katie could often be found sitting on her front porch enjoying the outdoors, especially her hummingbirds. She had an easy-going demeanor with a great sense of humor, and rarely missed an episode of Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz. It was also known that you never left Katie’s house hungry.

Surviving are her children: Martin (Christina) Cooper Jr., LaRue, Michael A. (Cindy) Cooper, West Mansfield, Ed (Billie) Fridley, Harpster, Mark (Sally) Fridley, Mansfield, Rhonda (Brian) Cooper Lane, Bellefontaine and Karen (Jeff Burt) Fridley, Marion, along with 24 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren. A brother Richard E. Zender, and sister Janet M. Arcuri.

Friends may call Friday April 2, 2021 from 5-7 pm at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in LaRue. Graveside services will be held Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 11 am at the Fairview Cemetery near LaRue, Pastors Tim Pasma and Shawn Anthony will officiate.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the LaRue Baptist Church PO Box 374 LaRue Ohio, 43332.

Remembrances and condolences may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com

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#1 from: Bobby Fair
Mon, Mar 29, 2021 at 5:22 PM

So sorry for your loss. May God be with you all.

#2 from: Dave and Sandy Kerns
Lane SC
Mon, Mar 29, 2021 at 6:11 PM

I am going to miss all our laughs we shared over our 45 years of friendship. I love her like a mother. Prayers to all the family.

#3 from: Aaron Cook
Larue, OH
Mon, Mar 29, 2021 at 6:49 PM

So sorry for your loss

#4 from: Bonnie & Harold Green
Mon, Mar 29, 2021 at 8:54 PM

Katie was my Aunt for as long as I can remember. Our families had a lot of laughs & good times together. We will be praying for comfort for all of you.

#5 from: Jacob Smirh
Nevada ohio
Mon, Mar 29, 2021 at 8:57 PM

She will be always missed

#6 from: Hope baker
Elmira  newyork
Mon, Mar 29, 2021 at 10:07 PM

Sending prayers to the family RIP Aunt Kate Love you till we meet again

#7 from: Gail Hamby
Greene County Tennessee
Mon, Mar 29, 2021 at 10:56 PM

With sadness in my heart I am so sorry. A wonderful soul has left us. Hug Prayers and Love for you all.

#8 from: Andrew and Deborah postell
Prentiss, MS
Tue, Mar 30, 2021 at 12:34 PM

So sorry for your loss, will miss her dearly. I remember all the good times with her from my childhood, how she loved my brother and me as if we were blood related. God keep her safe and happy, will love her always!!

#9 from: Bristol Rosebrook
Tue, Mar 30, 2021 at 12:56 PM

I am so sorry for your loss❤️ She will be missed very much.  
Love Bristol R

#10 from: Cynthia Oberdier
Tue, Mar 30, 2021 at 6:56 PM

My deepest condolences to you all.  I love the memories and Katie's wonderful stuffed peppers.  Hugs and Kisses to you all.  My thoughts and prayers are with you all.  

#11 from: Kim Blue Chapman
Tue, Mar 30, 2021 at 10:45 PM

Heartfelt sympathies from all 4 of the Blue girls.
Lots of fun memories of 4-H and visiting over at your house. Your mom was always so nice to each of us.
Kim, Brenda, Jane, and Sondra

#12 from: Brian Napper
Wed, Mar 31, 2021 at 5:01 AM

I am sorry to hear of Mrs. Cooper's passing. My thoughts are with your family this morning.

#13 from: Karen McClintock
Wed, Mar 31, 2021 at 9:14 AM

so sorry for your lost, it has been years since I have seen your Mom.  Your Dad and my ex husband worked together years ago at National Can and we use to come to your house.  Prayers for all of you and God Bless

#14 from: Aaron and Sue Wright
Wed, Mar 31, 2021 at 10:58 AM

Sorry to read of the loss of your mom.  All the memories will help -- the good and even the bad if there are any. Take care.

#15 from: Pam and Jeff Webb and family
Fri, Apr 2, 2021 at 1:22 PM

So very sorry to hear about Katie.  She was such a sweet lady. So many memories with our families.  Sending prayers to all.
With Love,

#16 from: Brenda Blue Blankenship
Fri, Apr 9, 2021 at 1:35 PM

We “Bluegirls” always had a BLAST when we’d visit your family.  Your mom was the best!  Great memories of  Katie and Martin.  

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