Joyce Rheingans Cooper


Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2001

Former Kenai resident Joyce Rheingans Cooper died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2001, in Portland, Ore. She was 90.

Mrs. Cooper was born in Sioux Falls, S.D. on Jan. 6, 1911, and grew up in Minnesota. She married Ervin Rheingans in 1930, and they moved to California the following year. In 1937 they traveled to Alaska with a group of young men in search of gold on Resurrection Creek above Hope. Their daughter, Arlene, was born in 1939.

The family moved to Kenai in 1948, where she became postmaster. She served in that position until 1961, when she and her husband moved to Arizona. Mr. Rheingans died in 1972.

She subsequently married Richard Cooper of Columbia, Mo., whom she met on a tour of the Holy Land. They resided in Sun City, Ariz., until his death in 1990, when she moved to Portland to be near her daughter's family.

"For the past four years, Mrs. Cooper lived at Regency Park Assisted Living Facility, where she was much loved and had many friends. She was a faith-filled Christian whose greatest pleasure was in serving others. Her cheerful smile and kind words will be missed by all who were privileged to know her," her family said.

Mrs. Cooper is survived by her brothers, Donovan and Philip Doring of Minnesota; daughter Lisa (Arlene) Augustine and son-in-law Thomas Augustine of Lincoln, Calif.; granddaughters Stacy Augustine and Michelle (Mrs. J.T.) Holmen; great-grandchildren Isabella and Samuel Holmen; and many nieces and nephews.

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