Thelma Cooley, 1947-2020

Thelma Cooley, 73, passed away Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at Munster Community Hospital, Munster, Ind.

She was born Feb. 4, 1947, in Moonshine, Ill., to Oliver and Ruby (Bennett) Cooley.

Thelma was a seamstress.  She previously worked at Kingsley Furniture, Blue Chip and Smolers.  Thelma enjoyed word searches and BINGO.  She also enjoyed watching the  Hallmark Channel and DIY Channel.

Surviving are her son, Richard (Danielle) Cooley; 5 grandchildren, Elizabeth Wood, Amber Werner, Courtney Hill, Douglas Kauffman and Cullen Hill; 1 great-grandson, James Smith; siblings, Betty Cooley Inman, Leo Mae Cooley Ritter, Ida Cook Cooley, Patti (Bruce Vermilyer) Cooley, Jeana Cooley Blake, William Cooley, Jerry (Pennie) Cooley, Orvil (Karen) Cooley, Carl (Sharon) Cooley, and Timmy Cooley; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Roger Cooley; sister, Rose Cooley Jozwiak; and brother, Gary Cooley.

Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte, Ind. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at noon Saturday, Nov. 28, at the Kingsbury Volunteer Fire Department.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family c/o Richard Cooley, 2900 Monroe St., La Porte, Ind. 46350.

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3 Responses to “Thelma Cooley, 1947-2020”

  1. Diane Humphrey

    Nov 19. 2020

    Richard & Family,
    You have my deepest sympathy and sincere condolences on the passing of your beloved Mom. She was a great lady & I know you will miss her immensely.. I hope you find comfort knowing she is now in God’s loving care..
    RIP Thelma
    Diane Humphrey

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  2. Jamie Wood

    Nov 21. 2020

    The Wood family sends our condolences and sympathy.

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  3. Cati Ault

    Nov 21. 2020

    Saddened to see this. Worked with her at Boris Smolers and ran into her occasionally around town. Such a nice person.

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