Mary Louise "Marisa" (Frank) Coogan, 100, a resident at Putnam Farm in Danvers and formerly of Marblehead and Ridgefield, CT., died on August 6, 2021. Born at home in Rome, Italy on March 12th, 1921 to Augustus Frank and Maria Dorotea (Griffon) Frank, Marisa spent the first years of her life in Rome attending school and being educated by English nuns where she became fluent in English and French as well as in her native Italian. Marisa moved with her family to Paris in 1936 and was living there in 1939 under Nazi occupation until 1941. As U.S. citizens, she, her brother and her mother were evacuated from France to Spain and eventually repatriated to the United States. After the United States entered the war against Germany, Marisa joined the Red Cross as a multi-lingual translator where she eventually served alongside U.S. troops in Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Sicily and the Italian mainland from 1942 until the end of the war in 1945. Her linguistic skills led to assignments as a translator to senior U.S. military staff as they liberated Italy. While in Italy, she met her future husband Theodore Havemeyer Coogan, also serving there, and they were married in Bari, Italy. After the War, Marisa and Ted moved to Manhattan and in 1946 settled in Ridgefield, CT where they raised three children and where Marisa and her mother founded and ran a successful women's sportswear clothing business until the early 1970s. When her mother died, Marisa joined her husband's real estate business and worked with him until his death in 1983. She then moved to Marblehead to be closer to her children and where she became a partner in her daughter's hors d'oeuvres manufacturing business, "Good Wives Hors D'Oeuvres". She is survived by her three children, Nina Coogan Robertson, Mimi Coogan Bennett and Ted Coogan and their spouses Bruce Robertson, Richard Bennett and Donna Ritchie; by six grandchildren, Sandra Robertson Gamble, Sean Robertson, Kevin Bennett, Sarah Bennett, Alex Coogan and Katie Coogan and their spouses, Amy Eldridge Robertson and Melissa Nacy Bennett; and by eight great grandchildren, Madi and Clay Gamble; Kyle, Tessa and Josh Robertson; Charlie, Sam, and Grant Bennett. A graveside service will be held, followed by burial at St. Mary's Cemetery, Ridgefield, CT on August 13th at 10 A.M. In lieu of flowers, to make a gift in her memory, she was especially fond of St Jude Children's Research Hospital
as well as Dr. Patrick Y. Wen, Neuro-oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, c/o The Jimmy Fund.
Published by The Marblehead Reporter from Aug. 17 to Aug. 19, 2021.