Bernard (Bernie) Cooper

Bernard (Bernie) Cooper

April 8, 1933 - June 2, 2021
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Bernard (Bernie) Cooper was born April 8, 1933 in Comfort, West Virginia to the late William J. and Ruby E. (Asbury) Cooper. Bernie married the former Ruby Lynn on New Year’s Eve in 1952 and celebrated 67 years of marriage until her death on October 8, 2020. He has now joined his bride, his pride and joy in life, in the eternal afterlife. After serving in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, Bernie graduated from Morris Harvey College in Charleston, West Virginia, Eastern Michigan University and Central Michigan University. Bernie served as a teacher, coach and school administrator impacting thousands of students throughout Michigan and Wisconsin. He will be remembered by the way he always wore his hat, never correctly, for hours he spent outside either in the garden or picking up sticks, his daily night walks to the back of property to feed his “friends”.

Bernie is survived by six daughters: Colleen Weber, Kay (Mike) Kutsch, Karen (Mark) Wiant, Christina Cooper, Rhonda (Steven) Johnstone, and Penney (Joe) Schmuker; he is also survived by 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Sylvia Daniel; several nieces and nephews. Bernie was preceded in death by two grandsons, Jeremy Cooper and Travis Weber.

Bernie’s family extends their gratitude and appreciation Edgewood Assisted Living and its staff, especially Tara and Nikita, for their loving and compassionate care.

Honoring Mr. Cooper’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A private family memorial service will take place. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Travis W. Weber Fund within the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation.
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Gil Suzor

Posted at 02:35pm
Bernie hired me in 1972 at St. Charles High School. I found him to be an excellent educator, friend and caring person. "To teach is to touch a life forever" and the students and staff that knew him have been touched forever! Thanks Bernie!

Chad Klopf

Posted at 01:00pm
It was a pleasure to have know Mr. Cooper. He was a substitute teacher and a assistant football coach at Swan Valley when I was in school. I took a lot from his stories and his classroom management into my own teaching and coaching. He was a great man!

sally neuenfeldt

Posted at 07:05pm
mr copper was a wonderful man & was always happy rest in peace mr c ,love robert & sally dunklee

Daniel K. Olson

Posted at 10:31am
Bernie Cooper and his Family are very loved and Respected by the Olson Family of formerly, East Detroit, Mi. His efforts seeded success. Great man.
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Frank Marietta

Posted at 12:45am
Mr Cooper was my high school principal at St.Charles 1972. He was a very personable person and inspired me . I ran into him a few years ago and he was so glad to see me and had a good chat. I’m deeply sorry for his passing.

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