William Pershing Cooper and Celeste Marclyn (Valentine) Cooper of Glen Carbon, and formerly of Venice, Fla., and Collinsville, are now together again.
William was born Sept. 13, 1918, in East St. Louis, a son of the late William H. and Mayme (McElwee) Cooper, and passed away at the age of 96 at 9:15 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at Meridian Village in Glen Carbon. Celeste was born Oct. 11, 1924, in St. Louis, a daughter of the late Bernhardt H. and Rosine M. (Martin) Valentine, and passed away at the age of 87 at 10:27 p.m. on March 31, 2012, at Meridian Village in Glen Carbon.
They were married May 6, 1944, in Miami Beach, Fla. Together they were members of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Collinsville and both had a special love for music. He had retired in 1979 from the Alton and Southern Railroad after many years of dedicated service as a railroad engineer. The United States Army Air Corps veteran proudly served his country during World War II. She had worked for Peabody Coal and also A.O. Smith for many years of dedicated clerical service. She was a member of the Collinsville Business Professional Women’s Club.
They are survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Steve Hutton of Morton, Ill., and Joan and Harry Bickford of Sarasota, Fla., and a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Daile Cooper of Collinsville; five grandchildren and their spouses, Lauren and Greg Howell, Erica and Sean McKeon, Skip Hutton, Amy and Justin Edlund, Mary and Kris Wedemeyer; eight great-grandchildren, Jill Schlink, Tate Howell, Paige Howell, Sophie Howell, Maira McKeon and Grier McKeon and Melaina Wedemeyer; his brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Shelly Cooper of Arizona; other extended family and friends. In addition to their parents, they were preceded in death by a granddaughter, Tracy Cooper; and her sister, LaVerne Helling
In celebration of their lives, a memorial service will be held in the chapel at Meridian Village in Glen Carbon at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, with Chaplain Brad Thomas officiating. Burial will be at St. John Cemetery in Collinsville.
Memorials may be made to Meridian Village, Alzheimer’s Association or to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Irwin Chapel of Glen Carbon in care of arrangements, www.irwinchapel.com.