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Laverna P. Cooney

December 11, 1931 ~ September 14, 2019 (age 87)


Laverna J. Cooney, 87, of Austin, passed away Saturday, September 14, 2019 at her home.

Laverna was born on December 11, 1931 in Wharton Twp., the daughter of the late Dewey Z. and Leola (Brooks) Peters.  She married Robert W. Cooney and celebrated 37 years together until his passing on January 7, 1999.

Laverna graduated from Austin High School and owned and operated, with her husband Robert, the Cooney Hardware Store in Austin for 40 years. 

Laverna was a member of the Austin United Methodist Church and the Eulalia Chapter #148, Order of the Eastern Star, Coudersport.   She enjoyed playing bingo, going to the casinos and loved to bowl in the lady leagues in Coudersport.  Laverna was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and cared for and looked after her family, neighbors and friends.  She was also well known for her baked beans.  

Laverna is survived by a son, Robert L. (Karen) Cooney of Smethport; a daughter, Teresa M. Cooney of Austin; grandsons, Robert, Thomas and David Cooney, twin great granddaughters, Eloise and Elizabeth Cooney and many special nieces and nephews

In addition to her parents and husband, Laverna was preceded in death by brothers, Weldon and Russell Peters, sisters, Norma Geraldine Hunsinger-McIlhaney, Wilma Brown and Ardella Losey and a son-in-law, Sean M. Welch. 

A celebration of life luncheon will be held Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 12 noon at the Austin Fire Company Social Hall, 42 W Main St, Austin.  A private burial will take place in Forest Hill Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Laverna’s name can be made to, Austin Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 328, Austin, PA 16720 or to an animal charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements being handled by the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 N. East Street, Coudersport, PA.

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Celebration of Life
September 22, 2019

12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Austin Fire Company Social Hall
42 W. Main St.
Austin, PA 16720

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