Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Christina A. “Tina” Cooper

Christina A. “Tina” Cooper, age 92, of Shelby, died unexpectedly early Friday morning, March 31, 2023 at OhioHealth Shelby Hospital.

Tina was born July 24, 1930 in Sylvania, Ohio to the late Walter and Otillia (Hoehn) Friebel. A 1948 graduate of Shelby High School, Tina married Daniel B. Cooper on May 6, 1950. A proud wife and mother, Tina had great satisfaction in raising her seven children. Once raised, she went to work for Shelby City Schools in the cafeteria at Central School where she eventually became head cook. She retired in 1989.

An active member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Tina was also a member of the Altar and Rosary Society where she had served as President, and helped clean the church for many years. She liked to play bridge, especially with her card club, and thoroughly enjoyed golfing having been a member of the Shelby Country Club for many years. Together with her late husband, Dan, they loved, and frequented, traveling. Together they were fortunate to travel all over the world to see family wherever they were which included many foreign countries. They also enjoyed wintering in Florida each year following retirement.

Surviving are Tina’s 7 children: Michael (Jader) Cooper of Medellín, Columbia, South America, Tom (Carolyn) Cooper of Fletcher, NC, Gary (Ginger) Cooper of Nashville, TN, Vickie (Dave) McCoy of Columbus, Dan (Lori) Cooper of Shelby, Tammy (Dale) Sides of Seale, AL, and Laura (Todd) Wedekind of New Albany; 14 grandchildren: Amy (Jason) Cecil, Kelly (Adam) Kochendoerfer, Sara (Thomas) Graham, Emily Cooper, Kirby (Oneil) Booker, Matthew (Allie) Cooper, Lucas (Elise) Cooper, Brittany McKinney, John McKinney, Jenna Sides, Josh Sides, Boston Wedekind, Zach Wedekind, and Cameron (Peyton) Wedekind; 15 great grandchildren; siblings: Raphael “Butch” Friebel, Brother John Friebel, OFM, and Theresa (Mike) Lake; sisters-in-law: Glenda Friebel and Donna Jean Burke; brothers-in-law: Corliss Cooper and Dick Cooper; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to her parents, Tina was preceded in death by her husband: Daniel B. Cooper on May 9, 2019; son-in-law: Scott Spraggins; grandson: James Cooper Sides; and siblings: Roman Friebel, Marie Maier, Wally Friebel, Bob Friebel, Gerald Friebel, and Dick Friebel.

Family and friends are welcome on Tuesday, April 4, 2023 from 5-8 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where a rosary will be recited at 7:45pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, April 5, 2023 at 2:30 pm at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 29 West Street, Shelby. Fr. Rick Friebel, Tina’s nephew, and Fr. Chris Mileski, her pastor, will concelebrate the Mass with burial following in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the church.

For those unable to attend, condolences may be made on Tina’s obituary on the funeral home’s website,, or their Facebook page,

To view Tina’s memorial video, click the link provided: Tina Cooper Memorial Video



Memories & Condolence

  1. Barb Kaple says:

    How saddened I am to read of Tina’s passing. She was a beautiful person inside and out. I grew up beside Dan’s family on Mickey Road and was so fortunate to know Dan when I was young and then Dan and Tina all through my adult life. I know Dan is waiting with open arms to welcome Tina back by his side. Hugs to her family.
    Barb (Fagan) & Jan Kaple

  2. Ed Russell says:

    Dan, Laura and family: Jean and I are very sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace.

  3. Kevin Baird says:

    Laura, So sorry for the loss of your Mom. May God keep you and give you peace.

  4. Mark and Holly Korbas says:

    What a wonderful, sweet woman your mother was. She was such a classy lady who always had a kind word and a smile. We really enjoyed our conversations with her when we would see her! She will be missed by all who knew her. Prayers for comfort to you all.

  5. Charisse Finn says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss! ‘When someone you loves becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure’! With deepest sympathy

  6. Deb (Rettig) Luman says:

    Dear Family,
    Deepest condolences and many prayers to all of you. My dearest Aunt Tina was one of the most lovely and sweetest persons that I ever knew. So caring and soft spoken the thought of her brings warm sentiments and smiles to mind.
    Although we are unable to be with you be certain that many, many prayers are being said and we are with you in mind and spirit.
    Love, hugs and prayers.

  7. Ron & Eileen Mawhorr says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the family, we were friends with Dan and Tina thru the Shelby Country Club.

  8. Amy Albert Brown says:

    To all the Family,

    My deep sympathy to all of you. I remember such great memories of your mom, she was such a generous and happy person with a kind word for all. She will be welcomed in heaven by all her siblings, my mom and your dad.

  9. Cheryl Schumacher says:

    I so admire this beautiful lady. She always was so poised and beautiful. What a beautiful family to be proud of. My deepest sympathy to the entire Cooper family

  10. Shelly and Mike Gwirtz says:

    Forever in our hearts, Aunt Tina, a blessing in our lives.

  11. Deb Love says:

    Dear Vicki and Dave…So sorry to hear of Tina’s passing…She was the nicest lady and had the most welcoming smile…hoping your happy memories give you comfort during this difficult time…
    Deb Love

  12. Tom young says:

    She was a great lady she is with Dan and our lord rest in peace

  13. Kathy Hogue says:

    Dan I’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
    Kathy Hogue

  14. Mindy Utz says:

    My deepest condolences.

  15. Bonnie Friebel says:

    So sorry to hear of your mom’s death. Hugs and prayers to your family. She will be greatly missed by all.

  16. Dixie Elementary School says:

    While we didn’t know Mrs. Cooper personally, we know and love her daughter Tammy Sides, who serves as our secretary, bookkeeper and everything else. The family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  17. Steve Peebles says:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of such a special lady. She was the perfect fit for her job that involved contact with Shelby students. Her always positive attitude and big warm smile was perfect to help the students have a good day. (Me too!) Prayers for comfort and a clear memory of all the positive times you had with your mom!

  18. Beth and Randy Terman says:

    So very sorry to hear of the passing of your beautiful mother. She was so sweet and would always wave at me whenever I saw her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  19. Chris (Willman) DeVito says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the entire family. She was such a lovely lady with always a soft spoken voice, kind words and constant smile.
    Dave and Chris

  20. Martin and melodee Gaeryner says:

    We are very sorry for your loss…we will remember y’all in our prayers. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.

  21. Julie and Ken Ensman says:

    One classy lady that rocked motherhood raising you all! Hope reuniting with your dad now is one fabulous reunion❤️ our sympathy to all. RIP Mrs. Cooper

  22. Becky Barber says:

    My deepest sympathy to the family of Tina Cooper in her passing. I worked with Tina
    in the Food Service of Shelby City Schools.
    Tina had a heart of gold. It was an honor
    to have her have been a part of my life.

  23. Sandy West says:

    I am holding you and your family close in my heart and my prayers. I know you loved your Mom very much and were a devoted daughter. You always spoke so lovingly about her and enjoyed all of the time you spent together.
    I am grateful that you had all those beautiful times and have many happy memories. May you find comfort in those memories and the love of family and friends.

  24. Gladys Riddle-Watson says:

    My heart breaks for the family and friends of this precious, very special lady!! I am Blessed to be the mother-in-law of her precious daughter, Tammy Sides Cooper! She has certainly left a legacy to be treasured and many special memories. A life well-lived!! Rest in Peace until we meet again in Heavenly Bliss!!

  25. Lorna Albert says:

    I was so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  26. Sue Amato says:

    Dear Cooper family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was such a kind, sweet person. St. Mary’s has lost another one of the great ladies from the “Old Guard”. There won’t be another group like them. I hope they are all sitting at a huge breakfast table somewhere in the heavens sharing laughs.

  27. Susan Keiser says:

    To Tammy and The Cooper Family

    My sincere sympathy on the passing of your lovely Mom. She was an example of sweetness and kindness. You were so blessed to have her as your Mom.

    May your memories of her comfort you.

    With My Love and Friendship

    Susan (Hogue) Keiser

  28. Jason McCoy and family says:

    So sorry to hear of Tina’s passing. She was such a wonderful person and always so friendly. She will be missed by many. Prayers and hugs to all of the family.

  29. Darrell and Marilyn Shepherd says:

    So sorry to see the passing of Tina. What a lovely lady and great family. Our deepest condolences to the entire family

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