Donna Siefert Cooper, age 79, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Monday, September 17, 2018 in Calhan, Colorado. She spent over 11 years calling Canon City, Colorado home. Donna was born on April 23, 1939 and was one of two children adopted by Lowell Parmentier and Prudy Jane (Bretting) Parmentier in Chicago, Illinois. Donna had fond memories of her early years in Muskeegan Heights, Michigan. As a child she was raised in Seattle, Washington. However, southern California was where she spent her teen and adult years. Donna graduated from Reseda High School, after beginning at Canoga High School. She was a part of the second graduating class at Reseda High School after it opened.
Donna spent a few years doing various occupational jobs but finished her education by earning her certification in Paralegal studies. With that certification she began an extensive career, including time spent at Litton Industries, a DOD contractor, working as a legal secretary and promoted to word processing supervisor at Strook, Strook & Laven Law Firm; Barrish & Assoc. Tax Lawyer as a paralegal; and Lipkin & Assoc. as their Paralegal. Donna was a very faithful believer. She attended Christ Episcopal Church and Anshey HaShem Shule with her husband, Roy Cooper, in Canon City. While living in Peyton, Co she attended St. Patricks Catholic Church with her son-in-law, Jody Heffner.
Donna loved to play golf. She did a lot of volunteer work with her husband to include dressing up and playing Mrs. Clause to his Santa Clause during the Christmas season for the California Burn Foundation and various orphanages throughout Southern California. They also set up an extensive Christmas village display that seemed to grow every year. She also volunteered for various organizations in Canon City where she visited the sick in the hospitals. She loved to visit Disneyland in California every chance that she could and would bring her grandchildren on surprise visits with her. Donna knew the secret to life was sharing joy, and she did just that. She has always been a driving force within her family and was a woman of extremes. Donna lived her life on her terms and impacted so many people in so many different ways. She will be missed by anyone who ever knew her.
Donna was preceded by her husband, her adopted brother, her parents and grandparents.
She is survived by her son, Michael and grandchildren Kevin and Catherine who live in Santa Clarita, California; her daughter Danielle and husband Jody of Peyton, Colorado; granddaughter Jenna; great grandchildren Gabriel & Kameron of Peyton, Colorado; granddaughter Chelsea and husband, John; and great grandchildren, Zoe, Violet, and Ashton of Fishers, Indiana; and grandson Tristan of Elmhurst, Illinois.