Virginia Cooper
Virginia Cooper

Born: May 15, 1918

Died: April 3, 2021

LOSTANT – Virginia (Hilton) "Peg" Cooper, 102, of Lostant, was called home to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at Heritage Woods of Ottawa, where she had made her home for the last 5 years.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 10, 2021 at the Mueller Funeral Home, Lostant with Pastor Suzann Barr officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Tonica. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Due to current State of Illinois guidelines, face coverings and social distancing will be required.

Peg was born May 15, 1918 in Deer Park Township to Lloyd and Ruth (Diebel) Hilton. She attended Deer Park Country School and was a graduate of Ottawa High School. She married Clifford Cooper on December 15, 1939 at her parents' home in Deer Park Township. They farmed for 35 years, retiring to Tonica. After raising her children, Peg went to work as a cook at the nursing home in Tonica and later transferred to Heritage Manor, Peru. She then became a cook and baker at the Village Inn in Tonica, where she was well known for her pies.

Peg was a member of the Deer Park Community Church and the Ladies Mission Society. She was a former 4-H leader, president of Tonica AARP, member of the Putman County Senior Center and a member of the former Twenty Century Club. he also belonged to many euchre card clubs, bridge clubs and loved to play bingo. She was a sports fan of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bulls.

Survivors include three children. Kathleen (George) Hauser Sr. of Texas and Montana and Roger "Bruce" (Dianne) Cooper and Karen (Don) Breckenridge both of Lostant; six grandchildren, Brenda Othick, George Hauser Jr., Dawn (Jeff) Schnetzler, Daniel (Susan) Breckenridge, Sheri (Jeremy) Henry and Heather (Jim) Curcuruto; 11 great-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; one step great-great-grandchild; her brother, Roger (Linda) Hilton of Ottawa and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford on March 15, 1994; her parents; her sister, Phyllis Rowe; three sisters-in-law; four brothers-in-law; and a grandson-in-law, Mark Othick.

Pallbearers will be her grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Tonica Fire and Ambulance, Deer Park Community Church or Putnam County Senior Center.

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Published by News Tribune on Apr. 7, 2021.
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Mueller Funeral Home - Lostant
406 W. Third St., Lostant, Illinois 61334
Funeral service
11:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.
Mueller Funeral Home - Lostant
406 W. Third St., Lostant, Illinois 61334
Graveside service
12:00p.m. - 12:30p.m.
Fairview Cemetery
P.O. Box 275, Tonica, Illinois 61370
Funeral services provided by:
Mueller Funeral Home - Lostant
Sponsored by Mueller Funeral Home - Lostant.
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We are sending our condolences to the Cooper family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. James & Emmy Curcuruto - Carmel, NY
James & Emmy Curcuruto
April 9, 2021
To Karen and family, Bruce and family and Kathleen and family, Of course we extend our deepest condolences. Karen(my classmate & friend) and Don no words can express -- strength through your family & friends to take you through these hard days. Memories of those 102 years...
Donna & Tom Spurlin
April 7, 2021