OBITUARY

Anne L. Cooney

March 9, 1953June 10, 2021
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Anne Louise Cooney was born on March 9, 1953 and entered into eternal celebration on June 10, 2021.

Anne is welcomed into heaven by her parents, Thomas and Theresa Cooney and several dear friends, relatives, and pets, including her recently-departed sheltie, Sadie. Anne is survived by her loving siblings: Thomas Michael (Lorrie) Cooney, Kathleen (Frank) Dougherty, Mary (David) Reynolds, and James (Cathy) Cooney. Anne was the designated Aunt of the extended Cooney family, a role that she delivered with unmatchable joy, indulgence and enthusiasm. She is deeply and forever missed by her numerous nieces and nephews. In her last 14 years Anne earned the all-too-fitting title of Great Aunt to many adored grandnieces and -nephews. Anne also leaves behind many friends, neighbors and colleagues, all of whom will remember her generous spirit and loving heart.

Anne grew up as the middle of five Cooney siblings in Allegany, NY and attended Saint Bonaventure School. Her soul was stirred by the wonders of nature, and she was the champion of every family dog. Her fondest childhood wish was to have her own horse and she imagined that one year on her birthday she would go outside to find one. As a teenager at Archbishop Walsh High School in Olean, NY, Anne was a cheerleader with an active and happy social life and an unwavering loyalty to the Beatles. As a young woman, Anne realized her dream of owning a horse, BoJack. In the 1980s, Anne put on her best shoulder pads and floppy neck-bow and went to work as a stockbroker at E.F. Hutton in Rochester, NY. During these years she enjoyed frequent travel; favorite trips included Ecuador, Chiapas, London, and Ireland, where she traveled with her father.

Anne spent several years of her 40s in a sort of early retirement: floating in the pool that she so generously shared with all of her loved ones, cultivating flower gardens in her idyllic home in the rolling hills of Perinton (where, one birthday, she looked out her window to discover that a horse had jumped the fence into her yard), creating art, and reading and writing every day. Anne often remarked that she was so glad that she took time out of her career while she was young enough to enjoy it. During this time, Anne found a spiritual community in Corpus Christi Church, later Spiritus Christi. The remaining decades of Anne’s life were devoted to seeking God wherever she could -- in spiritual writings, in nature, in the life of her beloved St. Francis, and in connection with fellow humans. In later years, Anne discovered her calling in advocating for elders and clients with disabilities. She saw the face of God in every person that she met, and had a special way of letting people know it. Anne has been reunited with her loved ones and ancestors, and is surrounded by the flowers of gardens she grew in years past; if there is any justice, she has already met her favorite Beatle, George Harrison. After the loss of her parents, Anne took comfort in the belief that after death, we know all things. Standing in the presence of her God, Anne can understand the magnitude of how loved she is and how much love she put into the world.

Relatives and friends may call on Thursday, June 17th from 5-7PM at the Funeral Home of ALVAH HALLORAN & SON, 2125 Chili Ave., Rochester, NY 14624. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00AM on Friday, June 18th, at the Spiritus Christi Church, 121 Fitzhugh St. N, Rochester, NY 14614. Masks are required for anyone in attendance. Burial will take place in the St. Bonaventure Cemetery in Allegany, NY at a later date.

Donations may be made in her memory to Villa of Hope at www.villaofhope.org/donate or to Spiritus Christi Ministries at www.spirituschristi.org/giving/

Services

  • Calling Hours

    Thursday, June 17, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, June 18, 2021

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Jen Caldwell

June 17, 2021

Dear Cooney Family,

My heart goes out to all of you. Anne was such a special person and I know I truly loved having her in my life. I loved viewing all of the pictures of her over the years and it is clear that she loved life and all she touched. Anne had a way of always making me feel special and I will miss that connection. She was the same way with my mom and my gram.

My love to you,
Jen Caldwell

Mark Poydock

June 16, 2021

Mark and I are sending our love, prayers and hugs to the Cooney family on the loss of Anne. Wish we could be with you all but we had a death here in the family and her funeral was today. Just know we are thinking of you all during this difficult time.

Mark and Luci Poydock
Rick and Jim Poydock and families.

Stephanie Bazinet (Poydock)

June 16, 2021

Condolences on behalf of the Poydock family (Steve & Linda). We are sending love and prayers to the Cooney family.

Stephanie (Poydock) Bazinet

Joanne McEntee

June 15, 2021

So hard to put into words the loss I feel. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family who I know will miss her deeply. God bless you Anne and Rest In Peace. Love you my friend, Joanne

Kathy Henkel

June 15, 2021

I haven’t seen Anne in years but some people stay in your heart forever. She was thinking of coming here this summer to see the horses and meet my dogs, I was so looking forward to seeing her again.Words cannot even express what a wonderful and kind person she was and how much she will be missed by all of her family and friends. Godspeed dear friend, go on ahead, we hope to see you again someday.

Linda Siple

June 15, 2021

I can not express how deeply sad I feel. Anne and I reconnected in Rochester in the '80s after high school. It was a chance meeting in an aerobics class. Since then, Anne and I have regularly met for many dinners and lunches to catch up on the events of life. We shared a common love of dogs and dog training as well as both working the in helping professions. Over the years we supported each other through ups and downs, we laughed and cried a lot.

I will miss her more than words can express. Linda Siple

Anne Slavin

June 14, 2021

Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathies to all of Anne's family. I go back to " little Bonas" as well as Walsh High School with Anne. She was always a kind and gentle soul who left us too soon. May she rest in peace.
Anne (Tanzberger) & Steve Slavin

Tom Lorenzini

June 14, 2021

I am shocked as so many others and deeply saddened to hear of Anne's passing. I was also a High School classmate of hers and I can say with all honesty that she was one of the really good people and a beautiful and kind person! I believe that we were all so looking forward to reconnecting with her at our 50th reunion, but she will be there in spirit. My deepest sympathies to all her friends and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Margey Henkel

June 13, 2021

Our loss is truly heaven's gain! Anne was a beautiful friend who brought comfort and laughter to everyone who knew her. Sure we climbed the Castle Motel fence for a late evening swim that evening in high school. And maybe even partook of the deserted banquet on the golf course. But we had Anne to led us across the lawn and hide us from the bus boys in her parents back yard! I hope you are hugging Sadie and spreading joy throughout heaven as you always did here for us!

Sandra Reynolds

June 13, 2021

I was deeply saddened to hear of Anne's passing. She was such a sweet and kind soul! I was so looking forward to reconnecting with her at our reunion, but God had other plans for her. My deepest sympathies to all her family. My thought and prayers are with you.

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