Kathie Ann Cooper, 56, a member of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Northeast Portland, died Oct. 18. There will be a public viewing at St Rose Church Friday, Oct. 23, 4 p.m.–6 p.m. (50 person max at any given time). A rosary (live-streamed at https://www.facebook.com/strosepdxchurch/) starts at 6 p.m. following the viewing. Due to Covid restrictions attendance at the rosary will be by invitation only.

Later on Friday, for those who wish to pray for the repose of her soul and the consolation of her family, adoration hours are 8 p.m.–10 p.m. and will be dedicated to Kathie. Anyone can come. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed in a window overlooking the parking lot and all are welcome to pray in their vehicles during this silent and physically distant prayer vigil.

The funeral Mass will be held at St. Rose Church at 2 p.m. (live-streamed) Saturday, Oct. 24.

Due to Covid restrictions attendance will be limited to invitation only. There will be a private committal for the family.

The Livestream can be found at the time of each service at: https://www.facebook.com/strosepdxchurch/

For direct links to the public Facebook page see the Parish website: https://strosepdxparish.org

Kathie was born Nov. 8, 1963, in San Jose, California. She grew up in the Bay Area with her mother and father, Linda and Teddie Coutts, and her younger brother, Scott. She loved and rode horses, was an avid reader and a good student. She graduated Branham High School in 1981. She moved to San Francisco to attend the University of San Francisco. After one year in the nursing program, she switched majors. She graduated from the St. Ignatius Institute at USF with a bachelor's degree in philosophy. She cherished her years in San Francisco. While attending USF, she discovered a deep love for God and the Catholic faith. She was baptized and received into the church, taking Francis Clare as her confirmation name. Kathie’s deep faith, a perfect match for her gentle, joyful spirit, shaped the rest of her life.

After college, she married Paul Wieck. They began a family in San Francisco before moving to Oregon. She gave birth to three children. The couple divorced when the children were young. As a single mother, Kathie began working for the Archdiocese of Portland as the coordinator of Disciples in Mission. It was there she met her future husband, Todd Cooper. The two married in 2004, and they made a wonderful life together with her three children in Portland.

Mrs. Cooper was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2005. Throughout her 15-year battle with cancer, she remained joyful and hopeful. Mrs. Cooper loved people, and they loved her. She had a great passion for service, evangelization, and participating in her beloved St. Rose of Lima Parish community. She organized small groups for Lent, hospitality ministers for Sunday Masses, prepared snack packs for those who were homeless, participated in 40 Days for Life, served as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, and frequently attended daily Mass.

Every year for Christmas, Mrs. Cooper requested two calendars, one featuring rainbows and the other, hummingbirds. She loved the Oregon Coast and the vibrant fall colors. Her favorite number was nine. She loved sushi, Thai and Vietnamese food. Her favorite movie was “It's a Wonderful Life.” She traveled on pilgrimages to France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the Holy Land.

Mrs. Cooper had a beautiful, infectious smile. Those who knew her know how precious and faithful she was. She was a shining light in our world, said her husband Todd Cooper, who adds she had a heart for Christ. In more recent years developed a special devotion to the Blessed Mother. She was also a devotee of Divine Mercy. “Kathie will be missed dearly,” he says. “She was the heart and spirit of her family and home, and she will be dearly missed. Please pray for the repose of her soul.”

Mrs. Cooper is survived by her mother, her spouse, and her three children Daniel Wieck, Sister Elizabeth Wieck, and Emily Wieck.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Mrs. Cooper will be laid to rest at Gethsemani Catholic Cemetery in Happy Valley, where she once was employed and assisted families in the corporal work of mercy of burying their loved ones. May she rest in the eternal peace of Christ.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial gifts to one of the following charities:

• Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother (Religious Order of Kathie's Daughter, Sr. Elizabeth Wieck) https://www.homeofthemother.org/en/about-us/how-you-can-help/donation-sisters

• The Marians of the Immaculate Conception https://www.marian.org/donation/?source=marian-masthead

• Dynamic Catholic https://www.dynamiccatholic.com/join-us-in-this-mission/DON-USA.html

• 40 Days for Life https://www.40daysforlife.com/donate.aspx

• Real Life Catholic https://reallifecatholic.com/shop/recurring-gift/