Susan Elizabeth Cooper, age 68 of Winona, died November 16, 2021 after a battle with a long term illness. Sue was born on October 28, 1953 to Merton and Gloria (Borgen) Cooper in Red Wing, MN. She lived her youth in Wabasha, then later moved to New Hope in 1969. She had lived in Winona for over 35 years, where she called home. She was the valedictorian graduate of Cooper High School in 1971. Sue went on to pursue nursing at St. Olaf and graduated in 1979. After working in oncology for many years she had a change of heart and decided to go back to school to be a Lawyer. Sue graduated in the top of her class from William Mitchell Law School. Sue excelled as the assistant Winona County Attorney for many years.
Sue devoted her faith to Central Lutheran Church. She had an immense passion for helping children. Sue volunteered at a youth group trip to Jamaica in 2001. She loved traveling to many places around the world, one of the highlights was meeting Pope Paul during her visit to Rome, Italy. She was a very intelligent women starting at a young age and never stopped learning. She read books cover to cover, she even had to opportunity to study in Europe. Sue was apart of the Norwegian-American groups in the Winona area. She enjoyed traveling and taking pictures to document the world's beauty.
Sue was smart, soft spoken, family oriented, and had a big heart for children.
Sue is survived by her three adored brothers, Steven, Bruce (Melodie), and Paul; niece and nephews, Rachel (Aaron) Roberts and Ross Cooper; grand-nephew, Owen Roberts; and grand-niece, Eiden Roberts.
Sue was preceded in death by her parents, Merton and Gloria Cooper, and sister-in-law, Rebecca.
A funeral service will be held for Sue at 11am on Monday, November 22, 2021, at Central Lutheran Church in Winona with Reverend Linda.
Visitation will be at 10am; one hour before the service on Monday, November 22, 2021.
The Cooper family has invited everyone to join for a luncheon and fellowship following the service at Hoff Celebration of Life Center in Goodview.
Memorials are preferred to Central Lutheran Church.
"I?m saddened to hear of Sue?s passing. I was a social worker at Winona County in child protection, and I experienced Sue as a staunch protector of children as well as a heartfelt preserver of families. She taught me many lessons and her legacy will remain. "
"I had the pleasure of getting to know Sue at Central Lutheran during many mutual meetings and interests. She graciously enlisted me to drive her to medical appointments at which time we had such wonderful talks. I considered her a very dear friend. Rest In Peace Sue, I will miss those talks."
"I?m so sorry to hear of Sue?s passing. We worked together for many years and Sue was always professional and efficient in her work. She was a kind, understanding person that will be missed by many. Rest In Peace Sue."
"I was so sorry to hear of Sue?s passing. I had the pleasure of working with her for 8 years. She was a kind, intelligent, thoughtful person and I learned much from her. It was because of her my then husband and I joined Central Lutheran. We shared an appreciation for Lutheran higher education and I was happy to join her for some St Olaf Christmas concerts. I wish I could join her family and other friends Monday but will be out of town. My thoughts and prayers are with you!
Lisa Hayne "
"How sad. I knew Sue only professionally in her role as assistant county attorney. She was honest, smart and a pleasure to work with and the world will be diminshied by her absence. Jim Forsythe"