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Clara A. Cooper

March 1, 1914 December 5, 2009
Clara A. Cooper
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PEORIA-Clara Antoinette Cooper, nee Geier, 95, of Houston, TX and formerly of Peoria, died at 10:40 a.m. on Saturday, December 5, 2009 at St. Dominic Village in Houston, TX. She was born on March 1, 1914 in rural East Peoria to Herman and Wilhelmina “Minnie” Pfeifer Geier. She married Frank A. Cooper on October 19, 1943 in Peoria. He died on December 13, 1974 in Peoria. She was also preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Anna Klein, and four brothers, Aloysius, Herman Jr., Albert and Daniel. Clara is survived by her two loving sons, Dale (Suzanne) Cooper of Hinsdale, IL, and Charles (Toni) Cooper of Houston, TX; five loving grandchildren; five loving great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Gertrude Klein of East Peoria and Ida Dufour of Ardmore, OK. Clara grew up on her father’s truck farm and retained a lifetime love of gardening. She was a talented seamstress, working for Schradski’s in Peoria for many years and had private clients who remained her friends. She was a longtime member of both St. Mark’s and St. Bernard’s Catholic Parishes in Peoria. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 11, 2009 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 509 E. Kansas Ave., Peoria with Msgr. Paul Showalter officiating. Visitation will be 30 minutes before the Mass at the church. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in West Peoria. Wright & Salmon Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to


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