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Paula Cooper (nee Plesha)

Passed away on November 15, 2019

Paula M. Cooper (nee Plesha), age 68. Late of St. John, Indiana formerly of the East Side of Chicago. Passed away November 15, 2019 with her beloved husband of 50 years, Dennis by her side.

Paula enjoyed her career at St. James hospital in Chicago Heights where she was able to help others with her caring and compassionate nature. Her kindness, sense of humor and contagious laugh uplifted so many of us in the years we were able to spend with her.

Paula loved spending time with her family and friends, unselfishly helping others whenever needed, and passionately working in her flower garden.

Paula is survived by her husband and was the loving mother of Dennis Aubrey (Kristine) Cooper and Christopher Scott (Kerry) Cooper. The cherished Grandmother of Colin, Caden, and Makenna. Devoted daughter of Ann and the late Michael Plesha. Dearest sister of Michaeleen (Bill) Wallig, Thomas (Kathy) Plesha, Mary Jo (Michael) Kucharski, Lee Ann (Jack) Conley, Kim (Jose Luis) Sanchez-Plesha, the late Joyce (Paul) Jackovich, and the late Susan (Michael) Troyke. Is the dear sister-in-law of Dorothy (Bobby) Grimes, Merle (late Charles ‘Chuck’) Mrozek, Shirley Raymon, Donald Wayne (Helen) Cooper, Ted (Barbara) Cooper, Karen (Roy) Mikus, Rickie (Jay) Greear, Danny Cooper, the late Bill (Rachel) Cooper and the late June (late Dickie) Surita.  And is the fond aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Visitation is Friday, November 22, 2019 from 10:00 AM until the time of Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM DIRECTLY, at Annunciata Church, 11228 S. Avenue G, Chicago, IL 60617.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks to send donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Center in Paula’s name that will continue to bring hope to the children of St. Jude today, tomorrow and beyond.


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Paula M. Cooper

11944 W 108th Place

Saint John, IN 46373


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Funeral Mass:
Church of the Annunciata
11128 S. Avenue G
Chicago, Illinois 60617
Friday, November 22, 2019 - 11:00 am

Visitation Location

Church of the Annunciata
11128 S Avenue G
Chicago, Illinois 60617

Visitation Information

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 10:00 am until 11:00 am

"Paula was one of the most Loving & Caring persons I have ever known. She always had a sweet smile on her face every time I saw her. We were truly blessed when she married our brother Dennis and became a part the Cooper Family. We all dearly loved her. She will be missed and in my prayers forever."
- Merle Mrozek
November 19, 2019 10:46 am

"Paula married into the Cooper family to my brother Denny 50 years ago and became our sister. We all have so much love for her and will miss all the loving fun times we had together. A large piece of our heart is gone and cant be replaced.Paula will be in our heart and mind forever. God take your child and hold her hand.Let her feel no more pain."
- Ted & Barb Cooper
November 19, 2019 7:01 pm

"My dear Paula, I have known you for such a very long time. We have shared so many memories, both good and bad. I have always thought of you as my sister. I feel like a piece of me is missing. You are the most kind, loving person I’ve ever known. I will miss you and I love you more than you will ever know. Heaven has gotten a very special angel. May God keep you in his loving care and give you peace. Until we meet again my friend know that I love you with all of my heart ❤️ and you will always be with me!"
- Rickie Greear
November 20, 2019 1:07 am

"Paula we experienced a lot together growing up on the Eastside, and there have been many people who have come and gone in our lives. Few touch us in ways that change us making us better for knowing them. You made that difference in my life and for that I am Grateful. There is a reason God chose to take you at this time, he has a bigger plan for you my Friend. Prayers and Thoughts go out to your Family. God Bless Judy Jacobs"
November 21, 2019 4:14 pm

Candles Lit
"forever in our hearts until we meet again!"
- Rickie and Jay Greear
November 20, 2019 1:09 am