Karen Cooksey

  • Born: April 10, 1944
  • Died: July 19, 2019
  • Location: Fraser, Michigan

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36900 Schoenherr Rd
Sterling Heights, MI 48312

Tel. (586) 826-8550

Tribute & Message From The Family

KAREN LEE COOKSEY, age 75, passed away peacefully on July 19, 2019, after an extended battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Karen was born on April 10, 1944, to parents Dale and Bernice Wagner. As she sometimes proudly remarked, Karen was a farm girl, raised near Marietta, Ohio. After graduating from Marietta High School in 1961, she earned a bachelor's degree in education from Bowling Green State University in 1965 and a master's degree in home economics from Eastern Michigan University in 1983.

She and Bill, her husband of 51 years, met and married in McArthur, Ohio. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Michigan, where they raised two sons, Brad and Greg, first in Plymouth and then in Grosse Pointe Woods where they resided for 21 years. Looking forward to retirement, they downsized to a condo in Fraser in 2001.

Karen was a devoted mother and consummate homemaker and wife. She was an outstanding cook and expert seamstress. She rarely sat down, always involved in some project or activity. She served ten years as the girls tennis coach at Grosse Pointe North High School, and for 16 years was in charge of food service at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church. The latter included overseeing the preparation of meals for many special events and a weekly ecumenical breakfast attended by upwards of 100 men.

Karen was happiest when associating with her many tennis and golf friends. She was a past member of Plum Hollow Golf Club, Lochmoor Club, Scalawags Golf Club and Colonial Country Club in Fort Myers, Florida. Later, she found her greatest joy in life, participating in numerous activities with her three grandsons, who especially relished her pancakes and lively Go Fish games in Florida.

Karen is survived by her husband and life partner, Bill; two sons, Brad and Greg (loving daughter-in-law Kalli); grandchildren Will, Charlie, Niko and Jasmine; siblings Faye Patrick and Alan Wagner, and by many loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Ferne Henthorn and brother Daryl Wagner.

Her memorial service will be at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lake Shore, Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday July 27th. Friends and family will gather at the church beginning at 10:00 a.m., together with a reception after the service. Interment will occur at a later date in the church's columbarium.
Please share memories with the family at their "On-Line Guestbook" @ WujekCalcaterra.com

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Alzheimer's Association (https://act.alz.org/donate) or to Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore Dr, Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan 48236


Condolence & Memory Journal

Bill, Greg,and Brad sending our sincere sympathy. This is a wonderful and loving tribute on this site. We always admired Karen for her gift of selflessness in so many different ways. She touched many lives in such a positive way. Wishing Hod's peace to your families.

Posted by Don and Sue Dungan - MI - Friend   July 26, 2019

Bill, our thoughts and prayers are with your family over the deep loss of Karen. Words just cannot express our condolences. God Bless your family during this chapter.

Posted by Stephen and Nancee Tye - Rochester Hills, MI - Coworker   July 26, 2019

Brad and Greg...I am so very sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time. May you forever find comfort in your memories! Shannon (Andrewes) Carpenter

Posted by Shannon Carpenter - Johns Island, SC - Friend   July 24, 2019

We are so sad that we will not be able to attend the memorial service. Take comfort in knowing that Karen is in God's care and has finally escaped the miseries of this life. She led a remarkable life and was the first of our family to attend a university -- my inspiration to follow in her footsteps. She did so much for so many people during her wonderful life -- the Christian example. This temporary separation is a sad time, but God will provide peace and strength to continue in a productive life until our release comes. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We hope to be able to come to Michigan to visit within the next year. It has been too long since we have made that journey!

Posted by Alan & Christina Wagner - Frisco, TX - Brother   July 23, 2019

Our family, John, Ann and Rebecca Damm will always remember Karen as she coached Grosse Pointe North's Girls tennis team through 1992. She was a great mentor and inspiration for the young women in her care. We still have one of the sweat shirts she monagrammed for the whole team. Our prayers go out to the family. Ann Damm

Posted by Ann Damm - Rochester Hills, MI - Friend   July 22, 2019

Greg, I read of your mothers passing this morning in the paper. Having been through these sad situations many times myself I certainly empathize with you and your family. My thoughts are with you.

Posted by ron gernay - MI   July 21, 2019

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