In memory of
Mary Jane Cooper
In memory of
Mary Jane Cooper
Cooper, Mary Jane 10/23/1936 - 7/27/2020 Bay City, MI On July 27, 2020, Mary Jane Cooper passed away at home surrounded by her family. Mary Jane was born October 23, 1936 in Clare, Michigan and is the daughter of the late Jane and John J. Keschman. Mary Jane grew up and resided most of her life in Bay City, Michigan along with her brother John J. Keschman Jr. (San Antonio, TX). Mary Jane loved learning and was a voracious reader who always read the end of the book first. At an early age while attending Bay City Central High School, she discovered her passion as an educator and she then pursued her bachelor's degree in biology at Olivet College. After obtaining teaching credentials, she taught throughout her career, most recently as Director at the Teaching Learning Center, Delta College. Mary Jane met her future husband, Carl H. Cooper, at Olivet College. Because Carl had military experience, he studied on a GI Bill and had a car, something quite unique for college students in the 1950's. Soon they were a well-known couple on campus, and against the advice of their parents, they married during their sophomore year. They loved travelling, meeting people of different cultures, and returning with mementos to adorn their home. She cared for Carl throughout his recent illnesses and was holding his hand upon his death after their 62-year marriage. Mary Jane and Carl had three boys, Karl Patrick (Tracy), Christopher Scott (Stephanie), and Kevin Joseph (Tanja) and nine grandchildren, Eva, Jacob, Rachel, Peter, Sara, Jonah, Adam, Haywood, and Davy. Mary Jane was the heart of her family and she made a lot of sacrifices to raise her children. She adored her grandchildren and loved more than anything to be with family and to shower them with gifts during Christmas. Her family is so thankful for her unconditional love and support which will continue to shape them for many generations. In 2017, Mary Jane was diagnosed with ovarian cancer which eventually spread to her brain. Thanks to the team at Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak, she outlived many of the odds that were against her. During a recent period of remission, she insisted on returning to her home to be with her cats and to enjoy her amazing support community at The Boathouse where she and Carl resided. She faced her illness with both optimism and amazing bravery. Mary Jane deeply loved so many including her two sisters-in-law, Carol Keschman and Joan Wendel, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. A Celebration of Mary Jane's life will be planned later next year when it is safe for family and friends to gather. Those who wish may make memorial gifts by check or online to Delta College Foundation toward the Delta College Teaching/Learning Center Mary Jane Cooper Peer Mentor of the Year Award - noting a gift in remembrance of Mary Jane Cooper: Delta College Foundation Office A013 1961 Delta Rd. University Center MI 48710
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In memory of
Mary Jane Cooper
Cooper, Mary Jane 10/23/1936 - 7/27/2020 Bay City, MI On July 27, 2020, Mary Jane Cooper passed away at home surrounded by her family. Mary Jane was born October 23, 1936 in Clare, Michigan and is the daughter of the late Jane and John J. Keschman. Mary Jane grew up and resided most of her life in Bay City, Michigan along with her brother John J. Keschman Jr. (San Antonio, TX). Mary Jane loved learning and was a voracious reader who always read the end of the book first. At an early age while attending Bay City Central High School, she discovered her passion as an educator and she then pursued her bachelor's degree in biology at Olivet College. After obtaining teaching credentials, she taught throughout her career, most recently as Director at the Teaching Learning Center, Delta College. Mary Jane met her future husband, Carl H. Cooper, at Olivet College. Because Carl had military experience, he studied on a GI Bill and had a car, something quite unique for college students in the 1950's. Soon they were a well-known couple on campus, and against the advice of their parents, they married during their sophomore year. They loved travelling, meeting people of different cultures, and returning with mementos to adorn their home. She cared for Carl throughout his recent illnesses and was holding his hand upon his death after their 62-year marriage. Mary Jane and Carl had three boys, Karl Patrick (Tracy), Christopher Scott (Stephanie), and Kevin Joseph (Tanja) and nine grandchildren, Eva, Jacob, Rachel, Peter, Sara, Jonah, Adam, Haywood, and Davy. Mary Jane was the heart of her family and she made a lot of sacrifices to raise her children. She adored her grandchildren and loved more than anything to be with family and to shower them with gifts during Christmas. Her family is so thankful for her unconditional love and support which will continue to shape them for many generations. In 2017, Mary Jane was diagnosed with ovarian cancer which eventually spread to her brain. Thanks to the team at Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak, she outlived many of the odds that were against her. During a recent period of remission, she insisted on returning to her home to be with her cats and to enjoy her amazing support community at The Boathouse where she and Carl resided. She faced her illness with both optimism and amazing bravery. Mary Jane deeply loved so many including her two sisters-in-law, Carol Keschman and Joan Wendel, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. A Celebration of Mary Jane's life will be planned later next year when it is safe for family and friends to gather. Those who wish may make memorial gifts by check or online to Delta College Foundation toward the Delta College Teaching/Learning Center Mary Jane Cooper Peer Mentor of the Year Award - noting a gift in remembrance of Mary Jane Cooper: Delta College Foundation Office A013 1961 Delta Rd. University Center MI 48710
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