JoAnn E. Cooper, 86, passed away at home on April 13, 2022 surrounded by her family. She was the widow of Gearld E. Cooper whom she shared 51 years of marriage.
Born in Denver, Colorado, on March 4, 1936, JoAnn was the daughter of Rudolph and Audrey Leff. In 1954 she graduated from Lakewood High School. She started her employment journey as a long distance operator for Mountain Bell. Then became a PBX operator for Valley View Hospital/North Suburban Hospital where she retired after 29 years as the Head of Communications in 2004.
JoAnn belonged to the Episcopal Church and had been a member of the Altar Guild for many years at the Chapel of the Intersession. She was an avid reader who had a book with her almost everywhere she went. JoAnn loved spending time with her family which included going to her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events
JoAnn will always be remembered for her beautiful red hair and porcelain skin. She was a kind and loving person, devoted wife, mother, grandma, aunt and friend. Always thinking of others first. “To know her was to love her.”
JoAnn leaves to cherish her loving memory her children Doug Cooper, Lori Huffman, Michele House (Spencer), Scott Cooper (Kim) and Chris Cooper; 10 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 2 step grandsons, and 5 step-greatgrandchildren; 1 sister-in-law, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
JoAnn was proceeded in death by her husband Gearld Cooper, brother William Leff (Carol), and parents Audrey and Rudolph Leff.
The funeral service will be held on April 27, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. at Arvada United Methodist Church, 6750 Carr Street, Arvada, Colorado 80004. Internment to following service at 1:00 p.m. at Olinger Crown Hill Cemetery, 7777 West 29th Ave. Lakewood, Colorado 80215.
Please join the Cooper family for a light lunch and refreshments following the interment at the Wheatridge Recreation Center, Columbine/Dahlia room. 4005 Kipling St., Wheatridge, CO 80033.
Memorial Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America. http://www.nationalmssociety.org/