Rosalie Ann Cooper

REED CITY — Rosalie Ann Cooper went home to the Lord on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. Rosalie was 72 and died of cancer at home in Reed City.

The child of Carl and Mary Hoitenga, Rosalie was born at home in Lake City. She graduated from Lake City High School. Rose was married on July 3, 1965, to James Cooper, of Reed City, who survives. Rosalie also is survived by her children, Paula Cole (Neal), of Dodge City, Kan., Cindy Gilman (Steve), of Grand Rapids, and Carla Cooper, of Big Rapids. Rosalie has three surviving siblings, Joe Hoitenga, of Williamsport, Ind., Don Hoitenga, of Lake City, and Wil Hoitenga, of LeRoy. Rose had six grandchildren, Scott Veeder, Ashley Clark, Andrew Branch, Clark Gilman, Angie Gilman, Kahlan Boerma and Faith Boerma; and six great-grandchildren, Kaden, Olivia and Keira Clark, Brianna Gilman and Asher and Amelia Branch.

Rose was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Mary Ann Williams; and brothers, Bernard Hoitenga and Richard Hoitenga.

Rosalie was a lady with strong faith and loved the Lord. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, with lots of love and grace for all. She loved listening to her husband, Jim, singing and playing his guitar and enjoyed dancing whenever she got the chance. Rose was very creative and loved to paint. She left many family members with her paintings, whether it was on a canvas or on a sweatshirt. One of Rose's favorite pastimes was camping and it was hard to beat her chicken slow-cooked over a wood fire. Rose loved playing board games, cards and enjoyed playing Scrabble online with friends. We are going to miss her smile, friendship and amazing generosity and love for life.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 3, 2017, at Harvest Assembly of God Church in Reed City.

Arrangements were entrusted to McDowell Funeral Home. Please sign the guest book or leave a remembrance at