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Joyce Cooper

Joyce Cooper, 84, of Butler, Pa., formerly of Hooker, passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at New Haven Court after a long period of declining health.

Born in Butler, Pa. on January 15, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Lula Mae Sutton Starr.

She was a graduate of the former Hooker High School and had served nearly 30 years at Moniteau as a food service manager. She also served at Meals on Wheels in Boyers, Pa. for over 20 years.

Joyce was a lifelong member of Concord Presbyterian Church at Hooker and was baptized at this church as an infant. She served as an elder, deacon, and member of the choir.

Surviving are three daughters: Heather Uhl of Butler; Heidi (“Chip”) Brunst of Pleasantville; and Piper (Jeff) Cratty of Oxford, Pa.; and 2 sons: Jeffrey D. (Val) of Butler; and Scott S. (Dawn) of Cape May, NJ. She is also survived by 20 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, James Dean Cooper, whom she was married to from May 27, 1955, to May 27, 1989. She was also preceded in death by a son, Gregory, and a grandchild.

A limited visitation will be held at 1:30 to 3:30 P.M. on Sunday, January 24, at Concord Presbyterian Church- Hooker. The funeral service will be at 3:30 pm with the Rev. Bob Edmundson officiating. A private burial will be held on Monday, January 25, at Concord Cemetery.

Arrangements made with H. Jack Buzard Funeral Home of Eau Claire, Pa.

Masks must be worn, and social distancing will be observed per CDC and Health Dept. mandates. If not feeling well, please send a sympathy card to the family.

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