John W. Cooper, age 92, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on October 22nd, 2019

Cooper-JohnAmerican_Flag_x300John W. Cooper, age 92, of Lombard, died October 21 at his home.

John was the beloved husband of Donna M. nee Urie, whom he married in 1959; loving father of Ann (John) Gieser of Carol Stream and Michael (Kimberly) of Wheaton; fond grandfather of Donna Gieser of Carol Stream, Cameron Cooper of Wheaton and Mikaela Cooper of Wheaton; dear brother of Richard Jr. (Irene) of Oklahoma, Natalie (Jim) Hutchens of Kansas, Carolyn of Kansas and the late Joe of Kansas; many nieces and nephews; and a brother-in-law, John Urie, of Canada.

John had been a Lombard resident for 44 years, since 1975.  He was very active at Sacred Heart Church.  His activities included prayer groups, Bible Study and prayed in the Adoration Chapel.  John belonged to a Prayer Group, the Blue Army, at Visitation Parish in Elmhurst.  He also was active at St. Stanislous Kosta Parish in Chicago.  From 1988-2011, John made many pilgrimages to Italy, Poland, France and Spain.  John repaired damaged statues at many churches in the area.  He also made rosaries and carved crucifixes.

John was a Veteran of the U.S. Army, having served from 1950-1952.  He served for 25 years, from 1963 to 1988 and retired from Hines VA Hospital as Assistant to the Chief of Staff at Hines VA and was a Supervisor of the social workers there.    He also worked at St. Joseph Hospital in Kansas.

John graduated from Cathedral High School in Wichita, Kansas.  John attended Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas, receiving a BS in 1949.  John attended seminary at North American College in Rome from 1952-1956.  In 1960, he received his MS from St. Patrick School of Social Work in Ottawa, Canada.

Music was always a big part of John’s life.  He grew up singing around the piano at home with his family and his voice was always heard singing at church.  He had a beautiful voice and a wonderful ability to harmonize.  John learned guitar after he retired and often had music playing at home.

A Visitation will be held Friday, October 25, from 4-8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Funeral Services will be held Saturday, October 26, with 9:30 AM Prayers to 10 AM Mass at Sacred Heart Church, 114 S. Elizabeth St., Lombard.  Interment will follow at Assumption Cemetery, Wheaton.

In lieu of flowers, Masses are preferred.

Visit or call 888-629-0094 for information.


2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Becky Thorpe says:

    This is Becky…Kitty Cooper Hunter’s daughter….All our thoughts and prayers sent to the family. What a wonderful man! Vince and Becky Thorpe, Paola, Kansas

  2. Mary Beth Ong says:

    Anne and John,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your dad Anne. He sounded like such a special person. I can see him in you,a gentle
    caring soul. My sincere condolences to you and your family. Mary Beth (Keith Spengel’s office)

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