Obituary for Edith M. Cowper (White)
Edith M. Cowper (nee White), 70, of Holiday Heights, Berkeley Twp., NJ, went to be with the Lord Sunday, December 31, 2017, peacefully in her sleep, at home.
Beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, Edie, a lifelong resident of New Jersey, was born in Glen Ridge and grew up in Bloomfield. She later moved to Kenilworth after marrying her husband J. Bruce Cowper Jr. Edie and Bruce lived in Kenilworth together for 22 years before moving to Ocean County, first to Lanoka Harbor, Lacey Twp. in 2001, and then to Holiday Heights, Berkeley Twp. a couple years later in 2003.
Edie started her work life at 16 years old while still attending Bloomfield High School. At that time she worked as a bank teller for Bloomfield Savings Bank. After graduation, Edie was hired by K-R Services, Inc. in Newark where she worked for a couple years before joining the Colgate-Palmolive Company. Edie was a dedicated employee at Colgate-Palmolive’s iconic facility with the giant clock in Jersey City for 12 years. After working her way up to Assistant Supervisor Data Entry, Edie left the company to care for her family. She switched her supervisory role from the office to the home and flourished. She was involved in numerous activities and organizations such as being an extremely active Cub Scout leader, Parent Teacher Organization member, Classroom Mother, and all around amazing Mom. The last role listed never ceased. Edie returned to work full-time years later. She was employed by a few companies in Union County before moving to Ocean County where she was employed by Ocean First Bank in their Loan Servicing Department. Edie spent 15 years at the bank and retired from the Loan Servicing, Payoff Department in 2016.
Though always permanently residing in New Jersey, some of the best times in Edie’s life were had in Northeast Pennsylvania. She had numerous family members there that she always enjoyed spending time with. When Edie met Bruce, he already had some property in PA that they would visit very often as well. Getting away from the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan area and escaping to Northeast Pennsylvania was a joy for Edie.
Christianity was a very important part of Edie’s life. She was a member of the Ocean County Baptist Church in Toms River. Prior to finding a church home there, she had been a member of various churches over the years and was oftentimes very active in many church groups. Edie taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, played in the bell choir, participated in church sponsored blood drives, among many other activities. As much as she could, Edie made it a point to be an involved member of her church family.
In addition to her participation in church activities, Edie was also a very active member of the Eastern Star for a portion of her life. She was a Past Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star Caldwell, NJ Chapter 61.
Beyond Edie’s career and community activities, her life can best be described by her love and commitment to her family. Edie always put her family first and provided so much love and care to those closest to her. She is desperately missed.
Edie was predeceased by her parents Robert and Edith White, two brothers George and Charles White, and a step daughter Nancy Mohamed.
Edie is survived by her husband, J. Bruce Cowper Jr., her son and daughter in law Bruce and Dana Cowper of East Windsor, four step children; Mary Kunkel and her husband John of Howell, Richard Cowper and his wife Mary of Union, Robert Cowper and his companion Diana Tredennick of South River, Karen Cowper of Florida, a brother Robert White and his wife Gloria of Texas , two sisters Kathy Giles and her husband Robert of Florida, Jean Carr and her husband Stephen of Minnesota, a sister in law Frances White of East Hanover, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Monday, January 8, 2018 2-4 & 7-9pm at the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, 145 St. Catherine Blvd., Toms River. A funeral service will be offered Tuesday, January 9, 2018 9:30 am at the funeral home with burial to follow at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown, North Hanover Twp., NJ.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ryanfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Edie’s name to Ocean County Baptist Church, 1380 Old Freehold Road, Toms River, NJ.