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Thelma L. Cooper

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BENNINGTON -- Thelma L. Cooper, 82, the widow of Leonard C. Cooper and a resident of Barney Road, died Sunday, July 30, 2006, at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center following a long illness.

Born in Bennington June 16, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Milo and Izeda (Carpenter) Surdam. She received her education in the Bennington schools.

Mr. and Mrs. Cooper were married in Pownal on June 23, 1940. Mr. Cooper died Oct. 8, 1993.

In earlier years, Thelma was employed as a waitress in various area restaurants. She later was employed at the former BenMont Paper Co. until the time of her retirement.

Thelma enjoyed spending time with her family and was especially devoted to her children. She enjoyed the outdoors, especially camping and gardening.

Survivors include a son, Lester L. Cooper of Bennington; a daughter and son-in-law, Doreen and William Bourdon of Bennington; a son and daughter-in-law, Bruce W. and Lori Cooper of Dalton; a daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Thomas Eggsware of Bennington; a daughter, Bonnie Cooper and her fiancé, Kevin Snow of Bennington; and a daughter and son-in-law, Linda L. and Anthony Cook of Pownal; 12 grandchildren, Julie Parker, Jason Cooper, Justin Cooper, Jacqueline Cooper, Jessica Cooper, Dawn Cooper, Terry Burton, Eric Bourdon, Kelli Eggsware, T.J. Eggsware, Jeffrey Johnson and Heath Cook; 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins; and her faithful dog, “Dusty.”

She was predeceased by a son, Gary Cooper; a grandson, Wayne Burton; and eight brothers and sisters, Leo Surdam, Florence Wyman, Milton Surdam, Frances Pierce, Gladys Martin, Floyd Surdam, Bessie Surdam and Blanche Hoag.

At Mrs. Cooper’s request, private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours.

Burial will take place in the family lot in White Chapel Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in Thelma Cooper’s memory may be made to the Bennington Rescue Squad through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Aug. 1, 2006
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