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Tombstone Tuesday- Israel I. COOPER and Bessie F. (MYER) COOPER

Israel I. COOPER- Headstone- Hebrew. From Find A Grave, posted with permission of photographer.
Israel I. COOPER- Headstone- Hebrew. From Find A Grave, posted with permission of photographer.

The headstone of Israel I. Cooper in Franklin Street Cemetery, Elmira, Chemung, New York, USA took a very long time to find- many years. Finding the burial place of Israel and his wife Bessie was a wonderful collaboration of family, a local library, interested volunteers that aren’t even related, Find A Grave, and those who own the cemetery.

Israel I. COOPER- Headstone- English. From Find A Grave, posted with permission of photographer.
Israel I. COOPER- Headstone- English. From Find A Grave, posted with permission of photographer.

It is a peaceful feeling to know where ancestors are “quietly resting.”

Israel Cooper belonged to the Modern Woodmen of America. They are (still) a fraternal insurance society that also provides fellowship and service through their many chapters throughout the country. The following was in an Elmira newspaper on 24 Jul 1904:

Modern Woodmen Tribute to Israel. I. Cooper. Elmira gazette, 24 Jul 1904.
Modern Woodmen Tribute to Israel. I. Cooper. Elmira Telegram, 24 Jul 1904.

 

Bessie lived 28 years after Israel’s┬ádeath, living with their daughter and son at various times. She died at the home of their son, Joseph Cooper, at Montgomery, Lycoming, PA, on Saturday, 28 May, 1932, at 1 o’clock, per her obituary that was published in the Elmira Gazette on 29 May 1932. The obituary states that she was a former resident of Elmira for 35 years. She was survived by 4 daughters: Mrs. Harry Tatelbaum and Mrs. Israel Kremer of Rochester, NY; Mrs. Joseph Oppenheim of Elmira; Mrs. Samuel Blostein of Worcester, MA; and 3 sons: Joseph Cooper of Montgomery, PA; Joseph B. Cooper (should be Jacob B. Cooper) also of Montgomery, PA; and Samuel Cooper of New Haven, CT. She had 27 grandchildren at her death, and 8 great grandchildren. The funeral took place at her son Jacob Cooper’s home at 165 Washington St, Elmira, on Sunday at 2 pm.

Bessie F. (Meyer) Cooper- Headstone- Hebrew Inscription. Posted with permission of Find A Grave photographer.
Bessie F. (MEYER) COOPER- Headstone- Hebrew Inscription. Posted with permission of Find A Grave photographer.

 

Bessie F. (Meyer) Cooper- Headstone- English inscription- Franklin Street Cemetery, Elmira, Chemung, New York, USA. Posted with permission of Find A Grave photographer.
Bessie F. (MEYER) COOPER- Headstone- English inscription- Franklin Street Cemetery, Elmira, Chemung, New York, USA. Posted with permission of Find A Grave photographer.

 

It would be nice to have the Hebrew section of their headstones translated.

Israel I. COOPER- Headstone_Hebrew Detail
Israel I. COOPER- Headstone_Hebrew Detail
Bessie F. (MYER) COOPER- Headstone_Hebrew Detail
Bessie F. (MYER) COOPER- Headstone_Hebrew Detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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