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Mary Jo Cooke

May 30, 2014

Mary Jo Cooke, 61, passed away Friday, May 30, 2014 at a Topeka Hospital.


She was born January 6, 1953 at Wamego, the daughter of Walter and Rosanna Shields Flach.  She grew up in the Paxico community and graduated from Paxico High School in 1971.  Mary Jo attended Kansas State Teachers College at Emporia.


Mary Jo worked for Blue Cross/Blue Shield for 34 years before her retirement.  After retiring she was a fulltime grannie for her grandchildren Ethan and Adrian.  Mary Jo was an avid University of Kansas fan and was a passionate newspaper reader.  Her day wasn’t complete until the papers were read.  She was a loving and caring mother to everyone.


She was preceded in death by her mother, Rosie on April 29, 2011


On April 30, 1983 she was united in marriage to Harley R. Cooke at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Newbury.  He survives of the home.


Other survivors include her son, Harley Cooke, Jr., Topeka; twin daughters, Jennifer and Sharon Cooke, Topeka; her father, Walter Flach, Paxico; two brothers, Bill (Julia) Flach, Paxico and Pat (Debbie) Flach, St. Maries, ID; two sisters, Marsha (Jim) Seematter, Hoyt and Geralyn (Keith) Boyer Wamego; her grandchildren, Ethan and Adrian Stone, Topeka and many nieces and nephews.


Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Newbury.  Interment will be at 5:00 P.M. Wednesday at Prairie Home Cemetery, Topeka.

Mary Jo will lie in state and the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church where there will be a rosary recited at 7:00.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St., St. Marys, Kansas 66536.

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12 thoughts on “Mary Jo Cooke

  1. When I used to have trouble figuring things out Mary would always give me advice and right now I’m thinking of her and I miss her because I really need to talk to her and hear her guidance. Miss you Mary rest well. <3

  2. God needed an angel , your mother is at peace and will always be with you ,watching over you, we miss her as well , our prayers are with you all.

  3. I knew Mary Jo from BCBS and we bought one of her doxie pups (Ernnie) from her. She was always so friendly and caring. I’m so sad to hear of her passing. God bless you all.


  5. Dear Harley Sr. and Harley Jr. Sharon and Jennifer. I am So sorry of your loss. Your Mothers Joyful, kindness soul will Forever Live in Our Hearts. She will always be missed by our Family. I never heard Mary Jo speak an unkind word, the way she loved her Family, her Mother and Father and her Siblings. Mary Jo we miss you and will Always Love you.
    Love your Brother Pat’s wife and Family…. Debbie, Catherine and Garret Flach. St Maries, Idaho

  6. Our deepest condolences to the Cooke Family at this most difficult time.

    Life is eternal, and love is immortal,
    and death is only a horizon;
    and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.

    Just remember that tears are God’s gift to us. Our holy water. They heal us as they flow

    God Bless

    Mark and Susan

  7. Sorry about the loss of Mary Jo. I worked with her and Marsha for years. Mary Jo was a delight with stories and laughter. She will be missed. May your memories comfort you.

  8. I’m so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I just lost my dad and I understand. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family right now.

  9. My deepest sympathy goes out to Mary Jo’s family. She was a great, fun-loving person. Even tho us cousins don’t get together very ofte except at weddings and funerals, please kno you all are in my daily prayers!

  10. Gone too soon! Will miss her smile and her big heart! Heaven will never b a dull place with her there!

  11. My deepest condolences to the family of Mrs. Cooke at this most difficult time. May you find comfort in God’s promise to reunite us with those we have lost at a time when all causes of suffering, pain, sickness, and even death are all things of the past.(Revelation 21:4)
    May all your happy memories to a source of comfort as well.

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