Helen Cooney Obituary

Helen  Cooney
Helen Cooney
Helen Cooney

January 8, 1921 - January 21, 2008
Born in Chicago, IL
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Helen Catherine Marie Anderson Cooney, 87, died Monday, January 21, 2008 at Iowa Methodist Center after a brief illness. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, January 26 at Plymouth Congregational Church of which she was a member. Burial will be at Glendale Cemetery.

Helen was born in Chicago on January 8, 1921, the daughter of Swedish immigrants, Hugo A. and Hilda Nelson Anderson. She was educated at the Laboratory Elementary and High Schools of the University of Chicago and went on to two years of junior college. She was a model, hat designer, homemaker and community volunteer. On September 2, 1942 she married James Evans Cooney. She followed James throughout his military career and moved with him to Des Moines over 60 years ago where he became a founding member of Ahlers, Cooney Law Firm.

Helen was a member of PEO, the Junior League and the Des Moines and Wakonda Clubs. She volunteered for Hospice of Central Iowa in its early years. She enjoyed cooking, calligraphy, dogs, needle point and travel. Many people will remember Helen for the Tootsie Rolls she loved to share with everyone she met.

Helen is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Helen Cooney Neumann and Nicholas Neumann of Des Moines; three grandchildren and their spouses, Portia Cooney Ebert (Roman); Jessica C. Navarro (Enrique) and Brandon Anderson Balch (Nicole); four great grandchildren, Andy, James, Alex and Luke; two brothers, Hugo Anderson of Colorado and Donald Anderson (Sally) of Roswell, NM; and sister-in-law, Barbara Anderson of Roswell, NM. She was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Cooney; son, James E. Cooney, Jr.; and brother, Robert O. Anderson of Roswell, NM.

Friends may call after 2 p.m. Friday at Iles Funeral Homes- Dunn’s Chapel where the family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Memorial contributions are being directed to Hospice of Central Iowa or the Animal Rescue League.


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Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Friday, January 25, 2008
2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ
4126 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
Saturday, January 26, 2008
10:00 AM
Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Saturday, January 26, 2008


Hospice of Central Iowa
401 Railroad Place
West Des Moines, IA