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Joyce L. Cooper


Joyce Loretta Brandt Cooper, 89, passed away on Sunday, April 29, 2018 in the Middletown Home, where she resided for the past seven years.

She was the wife of the late Clifford C. Cooper, who died in December 2008.

Born July 7, 1928 in Middletown, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Aaron H. and Helen E. (Thompson) Brandt.

A brother Benjamin, a son Craig C. Cooper, two infant children, and an aunt, Evelyn M. Thompson, preceded her in death.

She is survived by her daughter, Lynn (Kevin) Black; three grandchildren, Lucy E. Black, Craig A. Black, and Nina C. Black; and one great-grandson, Dimitri J. Black.

Joyce was a graduate of Middletown High School, class of 1946 and was retired from self-employment as a businesswoman in Middletown, Pa. Joyce was an accountant and tax preparer.

She started her accounting practice in the late 1940’s. After her marriage to Clifford Cooper in 1950, they established the C. C. Cooper Agency. Prior to her marriage, she was active in athletics, playing on the girls’ junior and senior varsity basketball teams in the Middletown High School.

She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Middletown and the Dorcas Sunday school class. She served in her church choir and Sunday school department. Prior to her confinement, Joyce enjoyed weekly visits to friends and family at the Middletown Home where she and Clifford had a Shut-In Ministry. She also was a member of her church's Shut-In Card Ministry. Joyce especially enjoyed time with her grandchildren.

A private family service will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, Middletown

or Bright Hope Fellowship Church, Middletown.

The family has entrusted the care of the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown to handle the funeral arrangements.

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