Obituary for Susan Alexander Coopman

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Susan Alexander Coopman

May 20, 1952 - December 7, 2014

Susan Alexander Coopman, age 62 passed away Sunday, December 7, 2014 at St. Vincent Hospice in Indianapolis. She was a resident of Needham.

Susan was born May 20, 1952 in Beech Grove, to the late Melville and Mary (Lee) Alexander.

She graduated from Linden High School in 1970 and went on to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Psychology from Purdue University, graduating with honors in 1974. In 1983, Susan graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors from Indiana University with a Master of Science in Social Work, focusing on Family and Children Psychiatric Services. She was a licensed Clinic Social Worker (LCSW) and Board Certified by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). She married the love of her life, John T. Coopman on August 17, 1974 in Lafayette. He lovingly survives after 40 years of marriage.

Susan attended Christ United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. She was employed by the Housing Authority with the State of Indiana and was also the Director of Social Work for Turtle Creek Nursing Homes. Susan was a school based social worker for Spencer Elementary School and Muncie Community School Special Education Cooperative. She was also a school based family and children services social worker for Johnson County Special Education Cooperative until her retirement in 2010.

Susan will be missed by her loving husband: John T., and the children she adored: Jon Tyler Coopman, Fiancé Haley Skaggs, of Austin, TX; Alexa Suzanne Riester, husband Matt, of Columbia, SC; special granddaughter: Alexandra Grace Coopman; sister: Nita Holcomb, husband Ron, of Alpharetta, GA; brother: Greg Alexander, wife Kathy, of Woodstock GA; and nieces: Rachelle Alexander Travis, husband Jeff, Stephanie Alexander Agan, husband Josh, and Holley Alexander Dudley, husband Scott, all of Atlanta, GA.

Susan inherited her love and adept skill of sewing and making high fashion clothing from her mother who was a professional seamstress. She and her sister won the state dress revue several times and she continued sewing and making her own high fashion clothes as an adult. An additional skill and passion was playing the piano. Susan loved to master difficult pieces of music and found great peace and joy sitting at the piano lost in her music. When time was found, she was an awesome cook and loved to find new and different recipes to share with her family. Her recipe box is a treasured keep sake. Susan was committed to making our world a better place and lived a legacy of service to others. She extended her kind and caring heart to others often, and, at times, as a sacrifice of herself. Her selfless giving was coupled with a strong faith in God and always seeing the good in others. Susan was a very loving and committed wife and mother. Her first priority was her children and some soon found out not to Mess with the Mother Bear's Cubs. Susan's commitment to our earth was found in a deep love of the outdoors and a kindred spirit with trees and nature. She loved her trees and flowers and took great joy in planting and attending to both. Susan was in awe of nature and took the time to appreciate the work on God's palette. She loved the changing of the seasons and studied weather and what the sky offered in each season. Susan especially loved spring as she appreciated God's wonder of bringing new life to our earth with trees full of buds and flowers bursting forth from the ground. In her life, her zest for knowledge was never quenched as she was a voracious reader on whatever topic that caught her interest. As time and as technology sped the ability to gain more knowledge, she combined her love of books to the search of the internet that offered volumes of information for her to mull over and think about. She passed her love of learning, curious nature, love of nature and animals, and her kind and caring heart to her children as an everlasting legacy of her life on earth.

In her fight to continue loving life on earth, the family would like to thank the doctors and care givers of the OB-Gynecological Oncology Group of doctors and nurses at St. Francis Hospitals, Dr. Marylou Mayer and staff, Hematologist and Oncology, Dr. Danielle Matei and staff, IU Simon Cancer Center, for their tireless fight against Ovarian Cancer. They would also like to thank the many members of Overcoming Ovarian Cancer for their love and support of those afflicted with the dreaded disease.

Susan's family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 p.m on Friday, December 12 at the Christ United Methodist Church: 8540 US 31 South in Indianapolis.

Funeral services have been entrusted to Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown.

Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Susan to the Wheeler Mission, 520 E. Market Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Condolences may be sent to the Coopman family at

Information: (812) 597-4670


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Born: May 20, 1952
Died: December 7, 2014

Condolences for Susan Coopman

Jeri Fouts posted on 1/1/00

Dear JT and family, I am so sorry to read of the passing of your wife Susan. I know she will be missed by all who knew her. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Lovingly, Jeri (Dellinger) Fouts


Teresa Fobes posted on 1/1/00

J T.J Tyler,Alexia I am so sorry for the great loss,I met Susan working at Dr Feng's .I always called you guys the beautiful family because I always could feel your Love for each other.and the stunning smiles on all of your faces.My prayers are with you.May God keep you all in his hands and guide you thru this sad time. Sincere Love and Prayers Teresa Fobes


Alison Ringlespaugh posted on 1/1/00

The world has lost a special person in Susie. She has meant so much to my life, as well as many others. Thank you for the lovely tribute! You did such a good job of conveying the things that were of importance to her. She loved you all so fiercely! I know that she is in the arms of her beloved Savior now. My heart breaks for all of you. A piece of me went with her. I love you, JT, Alexa, and Tyler!


Harmon Baldwin posted on 1/1/00

JY, my sympathy is offered to you and your familly. While I met your wife only once, I have known you for some time and know of your dedication to her. Having traveled the road that you now take, without your spouse of so many years, I asssure you that the store house of memories will sustain you, both now and in the days to come.


Patrick Mapes posted on 1/1/00

JT & Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.


Concetta Raimondi posted on 1/1/00

J.T., my deepest condolences to you and your family. Both you and Susie faced her battle with cancer with great courage and dignity. I know your loving support gave her strength and comfort throughout this heartbreaking journey. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.


Candie Andrews posted on 1/1/00

Dear J.T. and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. The brief times I met Susan at our class reunions I remember thinking not only how pretty she was but also how friendly and interesting she was to talk with. May the wonderful memories you have and share live with you and help to ease the pain. Candie (Hinkel) Andrews


Rhonda Guard posted on 1/1/00

Susan was such an inspiration to me as a young 4-H seamstress and dress revue participant. I am sorry to hear of your loss. my thoughts and prayers will be with your family.


Janet Tupper posted on 1/1/00

Dear JT - My sincere condolences to you and your family. What wonderful memories you have to share. May the pain of your loss soon be overshadowed with the warmth and love that Susie shared with you. My prayers are with you.


Nikki Thomas-Kirch posted on 1/1/00

It had been sometime since I had gotten to see or speak with Susan. I received a message on Sunday she had passed. Though sometime had passed since I saw her and her family , my heart wept and my soul mourned. The passing of time since our last interaction had not the slightest impact on my recognition of what void had been left. My prayers have been consistently with J.T. And their children since Sunday and will continue to be. I am truly blessed to have shared an intimate friendship with such a remarkable woman. -Nikki


Sally Cotlar posted on 1/1/00

Dear family of Susan, All the ladies at Ovar'coming Together loved Susan. She was so sweet and upbeat in spite of the cancer. It was always a pleasure to be with her. She will continue to be an inspiration to so many. We wish you all comfort in your sadness. May Susan's memory be a blessing for us all. Fondly, Sally Cotlar


Chuck & Margie Reister posted on 1/1/00

J.T., Tyler & Alexa - We send our deepest, heartfelt condolences & prayers to you. It is hard to believe Susie is gone. No words can express your loss. You are always in our thoughts. Susie was always an intelligent, gracious, outgoing & vivacious gal. And, never to forget a great wife & Mother. She will never be forgotten. Sent with love & sadness to you all.


Joe McKinney posted on 1/1/00

Dear J.T., Tyler and Alexa, Your Susie, mother, wife and friend illuminated your world with love, laughter, and inspiration. She was a remarkable woman. It is so hard to lose your greatest fan. So difficult to lose your life's anchor. But, your loss defines you, your values, your strength , and passion for life. May you take solace and joy in all she gave you to lighten the load of others. God bless you, Joe McKinney


Kara Bishop. Rogers posted on 1/1/00

JT I saw the passing of your wife in the Lafayette paper and just wanted you to know that my heart goes out to you. Sounds like she lived her life to the fullest, even tho taken too soon. Sending prayers and love to you and your family. Kara Bishop Rogers


Lisa Minor posted on 1/1/00

Oh Dr. Coopman I am so sorry to hear about Susie's death. I know that she fought hard to beat this horrible disease and I feel so badly that she lost. The video was wonderful to watch and showed what a great relationship you had. May our loving God hold you and your children in the palm of his hand.


Steve Vertrees posted on 1/1/00

J.T. I forgot to mention that Steve Dyson would have been there today, but he is in Texas visiting his son. He wanted me to let you know that he was thinking about you and your family, and very sorry for your loss.


Matt & Teresa Martin posted on 1/1/00

Dr. Coopman, Matt and I are so sorry for this time you are going through. There's no doubt Susan is celebrating, but I know that doesn't help now. Susan was so kind to Matt when we saw her at Dr. Mayer's. She was just so positive and encouraging. We will be praying for you and your kids.


Kathy Griffey posted on 1/1/00

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. No words can express how deeply you will miss her. You both have been in the thoughts and prayers of many.


Ron Fisher posted on 1/1/00

JT, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.


Angie Garling Dickerson posted on 1/1/00

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I was a junior high school student in Monon Indiana in the 1970's and have special memories of Susan.


dennis and donna cahill posted on 1/1/00

J.T. and family, So sorry to learn of Susie's death. We had been thinking about her a lot and praying for a miracle. She will be missed by many. Our hearts go out to you for your loss.