Ann Harriet Varble Cooper, 75, of Maineville (formerly of Canfield) died of breast cancer on March 5.
The daughter of Harry Cleveland and Daisy Belle Kehoe Varble, she was born in Jeffersonville, Ind., on April 15, 1934. At the age of 10, she and her family moved to Lebanon, Ky., when her father became caretaker of the Lebanon National Cemetery. After graduating from high school in 1952, she spent a year at Texas College for Women in Denton, Texas. Ann received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Ursuline College (now part of Bellarmine University) in Louisville, Ky., in 1956.
Married on June 23, 1956 to Francis Bartley “Bart” Cooper, of Youngstown, she and her family lived in Boardman; Morristown, N.J.; Luzerne, Switzerland; Luxembourg Ville, Luxembourg; Canfield; and Sao Paulo, Brazil, before returning permanently to Ohio in 1974. As a resident of Canfield and a parishioner at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Ann was an active member of the altar guild and sang in the choir for many years. While living in Canfield, she became a member of the Catholic Collegiate Association, Mignonette Garden Club and Youngstown Symphony Society. A realtor for 26 years with various Coldwell Banker offices, she retired in 2004 when she and her husband relocated to Maineville.
Preceded in death by her husband, Ann leaves eight children: Stephen (Judy) Cooper of North Ridgeville; Maria (James) Barnes of Fairfax, Va.; Philip (Wendy) Cooper of Northampton, Mass.; John (Rebecca) Cooper of Phoenix, Ariz.; Catharine (Donald) Engelman of Fresno, Calif.; JoAnn Cooper of Washington, D.C.; David (Julie) Cooper of Maineville; Susan (Robert) Greeley of Westfield, N.J.; and 17 grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Stephen M. Varble, and his family, of Clarksville, Ind.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 27, at St. Michael Church in Canfield, where friends will be received from 9 a.m. until services begin.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to the American Cancer Society in her name. Visit www.tuftsschildmeyer.com. Local arrangements by Lane Funeral Homes.