Samuel George Cooper, 97, passed away peacefully March 18, 2015, at his home in the Altenheim Community, Indianapolis. Sam was born on Dec. 10, 1917, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Max and Lena (Stahl) Cooper.
Sam married his wife, Margaret Jean Mitchell on Jan. 16, 1943. He was a WWII veteran of the Army Corps. He served in Europe and was honorably discharged in 1946.
Sam began his career as a commercial artist in Philadelphia. He and his family moved to Indianapolis in 1966. Over the years, he worked for a number of advertising agencies and in 1984 retired from MZD.
Sam was an accomplished artist and after retirement continued to devote his time to art and often volunteered his talents to his church. In 1999, Sam and Margaret moved from Indianapolis to New Palestine, to be close to their family.
Sam was a generous and kind individual who was loved by his family and many friends. His beautiful spirit will be missed by all. The friendship and compassion demonstrated by his extended family, friends and Christ Church Cathedral “family” is greatly appreciated.
Sam’s family also extends thanks to the staff and residents of the Altenheim and the staff of Kindred Hospice for the care, compassion and friendship they gave to Sam.
Sam is survived by children Richard and Catherine Cooper of New Palestine, and Matthew and Lisa Cooper of Washington D.C.; grandchildren, Jessica and Joe Jackson of New Palestine, Robert Cooper of Indianapolis, Megan Cooper, Matthew Cooper and Kelsey Cooper Ocean City, Maryland, and nieces Peggy Barrus of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Jane Gruhler of Annapolis, Maryland.
In addition to his parents, Sam was preceded in death in 2010 by his loving wife of 67 years, Margaret Jean Cooper. He was also preceded in death by sisters Fay Silver and Sylvia Cooper.
The funeral mass and celebration of Sam’s life is scheduled at 11 a.m. for March 31, 2015, at Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Sam’s life.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Christ Church Cathedral at 125 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN, 46204.