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Margaret S. Cooper

January 21, 1927 ~ March 21, 2021 (age 94)

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SOUTHBURY- Margaret Sisco Cooper (Peg) died Sunday, March 21, 2021, at her home in Southbury, Connecticut. She was 94.

Peg was born in South Orange, New Jersey, on January 21, 1927, to Spencer Edward Sisco and Eileen Nanny Freeman Sisco,

She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Vassar College in 1948. After graduation, she sailed by steamer to Greece. Her civil engineer father was involved in rebuilding efforts following World War II. Peg managed a small grocery store.

She married Calvin Charles Cooper on October 1, 1955. The couple was married 62 years when Calvin died in 2017.

Peg moved frequently as a child and encouraged flexibility and resilience in her own children as the family moved throughtout the course of Calvin’s careeer. She left a legacy that included supporting her children’s activies and a lifelong love of education, reading, swimming, and the outdoors. Wit, wisdom, and a sense of humor were her trademarks, along with an outgoing commitment to learning and trying new things.

Each summer for more than 30 years, Peg and Cal explored the United States in a way that few Americans have an opportunity to experience. They crossed the country via back roads visiting family, state and national parks, and small towns, frequently stopping for breakfast in coffee shops and diners to pick up local opinions first hand.

In recent days, Peg was excied by hipmunks resurfacing after winter hibernation, comparing their antics to the joy of vaccinated family, family, and neighbors emerging form the confines of the pandemic.

She is survived by her three children, Calvin Charles Cooper, Jr. and his wife Carol, Mary Cooper Feliz and her husband George, Eileen Sisco Cooper Ahvenainen and her husband Paul, and six Margaret Ahvenainen and Edward Ahvenainen.

Services will be held privately at a later time.


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