Wedding Wednesday: Joseph and Bess Cooper

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Wedding of Joseph Cooper to Bess __, sometime after December 1934. Family photo.
Wedding of Joseph Cooper to Bess __, sometime after December 1934. From left: Gertrude (Broida) Cooper, Joseph’s son Irving I. Cooper (married to Gertrude), Joseph Cooper, his wife Bess ( ___ ) Cooper, his sister Rose Cooper (later married to Ruby Gale), and sister Loretta (Cooper) Ribicoff/Ribakow. Family photo. (Click to enlarge.)

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Joseph Baer Cooper (1873-1955) remarried sometime after the death of his first wife, Helen Freda Cooper (1873-1934; Cooper was also her maiden name, as she was his second cousin). Since Helen died 24 December 1834, he most likely remarried in 1935 or later. We have been unable to find a marriage record for Joseph and his second wife, Bess ___- her maiden name is unknown. Marriage records for Pennsylvania have been searched, as Joseph lived there at the death of his first wife, and possibly until at least 02 July 1946, per the obituary of his sister, Lillian (Cooper) Blostein. New York and Florida marriage records have also been searched unsuccessfully, even though they lived in Florida, where Joseph died.

We would really like to know more about Bess (__) Cooper. We know that she survived Joseph, and was living in Miami Beach, Dade, Florida on 21 July 1955 when he died. Joseph was buried beside his first wife in New York. We have been unable to find information about the death of Bess or where she is buried.

Identification of wedding party at marriage of Joseph Cooper to Bess __, sometime after December 1934. Names written by Gertrude Broida Cooper. Family photo.
Identification of wedding party at marriage of Joseph Cooper to Bess __, sometime after December 1934. Names written by Gertrude Broida Cooper. Family photo. (Click to enlarge.)

The above identification of the wedding party/guests was written by Joseph’s daughter-in-law, Gertrude (Broida) Cooper. Note that she wrote the names on the back of the photo, placing them behind the person on the front side. Thus, these names should be reversed when looking at the photo, or read from right to left.

 

Notes, Sources, and References: 

  1. Photo source- family treasure.
  2. Obituary of Lillian Cooper Blostein, Elmira Star Gazette, 02 Jul 1946.

 

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