Death Strikes Attendant in Church Aisle

Wedding Continues at Port Jervis

Port Jervis — Miss [unclear] Cooper, twenty-[unclear] years old, wife of Stanley Cooper of eleven [unclear] avenue, walked solemnly down the middle aisle of St. Peter’s Lutheran here yesterday afternoon, a bridal attendant in the wedding of her friend A. Marian Van Sickle to Wallace Edgar Moore. The organist was playing the wedding march. Halfway down the aisle Mrs. Cooper collapsed in the arms of a bridesmaid, Miss Wilma Davidson.

Two men removed Mrs. Cooper to the basement of the church. She apparently had fainted. Dr. Hugh M. Brewster, city health officer, summoned from City Hall across the street pronounced her death [unclear] of a heart attack. Upstairs the wedding went on, with all concerned unaware of the fatal outcome.

Then for an hour and a half, her father, husband, other relatives and more than a hundred persons stood outside the church, waiting anxiously, powerless to help, while a Rockland Power & Light pulmotor squad work feverishly but fruitlessly to bring life back into the body of Mrs. Cooper. The excitement of the wedding had apparently been too much for her. She had suffered heart attacks in the past but during the last few weeks had felt as her husband said later “best in a long time”. Mrs. Cooper’s body was removed to the Gray funeral home.

Meanwhile, Miss Van Sickle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Van Sickle of four East Main street, had been united in marriage to Wallace Edgar Moore, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Moore of 233 East Main street. The Rev. H.C. Meyer, past of St. Paul’s, performed the ceremony.

Gowned in white marquisette and lace over white satin, a long white tulle veil, a long train with pear tiara and carrying an arm bouquet of white sweet peas and white snap dragons, the bride was given in marriage by her father.

The maid of honor, Miss Alice Van Sickle, work a pink brocaded marquisette floor-length gown and blue and pink sweat peas. The best man was Frederick Van Sickle, a brother of the bride.

Ushers were Harold and Raymond Doss, Clarence King and Clarence Edwards, all of Port Jervis. Miss Marietta Mori was organist and Mrs. Harrison Waits sang Because and I Love You Truly during the ceremony. The archway [unclear] the altar was was covered with sweet peas and palms and the altar was covered with flowers.

After the wedding a reception was held at the home of the bride’s parents with about seventy-five in attendance. Guests from out of town came from Long Island, Stony Point, Rutherford, New Jersey, Newton, New Jersey, Jeffersonville, Godeffroy, Long Eddy, Glen Rock, New Jersey, and Rio.

After a brief wedding trip the couple will reside in their newly-furnished home in Arlington, New Jersey where the bridegroom is employed by the Western Electric Company.

Funeral Wednesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Cooper will be held Wednesday morning at ten o’clock at the residence and at 10:30 in St. Mary’s Church. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Mrs. Cooper was born in Matamoras November nineteenth, 1917, a daughter of Charles J. and Adeline [unclear] Theodore. Her mother died in 1927. She married July nineteenth, 1936 to Stanley D. Cooper of Port Jervis.

Mrs. Cooper, who was graduated from Port Jervis High School in 1936, was a member of St. Mary’s Church, the Catholic Daughters of America and Alpha Psi sorority.

Besides her husband, she leaves her father; her stepmother Mrs. Anna May Theodore; a brother, Charles; two sisters, Anna May at home, and Thelma, wife of James Clifford of Port Jervis; a stepbrother, Joseph Lehn; two stepsisters, Mrs. Mary Ellen Paffenroth and Mrs. Mildred Mayfield; and her grandmother, Mrs. Augusta Theodore.

Source: Middletown Times-Herald, March 3, 1941. (NB: The microfilm was very difficult to read.)

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