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Darlene T. Cooper

February 11, 1932 - January 1, 2023

Service Date: January 7, 2023

Funeral Home Memorial Services of Iowa

Church Ankeny First United Methodist Church

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Darlene (Sisler) Cooper, age 90, of Ankeny Iowa passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 1, 2023 at her home surrounded by family. She was born on February 11, 1932, to Rufus and Frieda Sisler, in Coggon Iowa.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 7, 2023, at Ankeny First United Methodist Church (206 SW Walnut St.) Visitation will be held at the church an hour prior, starting at 10:00 a.m. Interment will take place at a later date in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The funeral service will be livestreamed at the following link: https://boxcast.tv/view/darlene-cooper—memorial-service-unq0gansypfpos86ase1

Darlene had a beautiful voice and in high school was asked to sing at many funerals, weddings, and events in the community. She was a key player on her high school girls’ basketball team and even made it to the state tournament. Following her high school graduation, Darlene attended Iowa State University.

In 8th grade, Darlene met the love of her life, Joe Cooper. They were married on June 21, 1953 and were anticipating the celebration of 70 years together this summer. They traveled together across the U.S. during Joe’s naval service and professional business opportunities. No matter where life took them, they became involved in the church and their community, and met new people that became lifelong friends.

Darlene was a woman of faith and started each day with devotions, Bible readings, and prayer. She would tell you that she has lived a full, joyful life filled with precious family, treasured friends, wonderful memories, and an abundance of God’s blessings

Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, Rufus and Frieda Sisler; and nephew, Serge Sisler II. She is survived by her loving husband, Joseph Cooper; daughters, Stephanie (Greg) Loeschke and Cynthia (Don) Wintrick; six grandchildren, Sarah and Grace Loeschke, Katelyn (Aaron) Ballish, Joe (Mackenzie) Wintrick, and Madelyn and George Wintrick; great-grandchild, Ellie Grace Ballish; brother, Serge (Paula) Sisler; sister, Delores (John) McDonough; and many nieces, nephews, and treasured friends.

A special thank you to Hospice of the Midwest and Friends Home Care and Hospice for the tender care given to Darlene and her family.

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