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Jessie Irene Cooley

February 26, 2016
Reinbeck Courier

Jessie Irene Cooley, 95, of Reinbeck, passed away on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at the Parkview Manor in Reinbeck. A funeral service was held on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the First Presbyterian Church in Reinbeck, with Pastor Mike Campbell officiating. Burial was at 1:30 PM at the Rosehill Cemetery in Grundy Center. Visitation was held on Wednesday, February 24th, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the French-Hand Funeral Home in Reinbeck. A memorial has been established in Jessie's name. Online condolences can be made at

Jessie was born January 30, 1921 in Grundy Center, to Jesse and Eva (Buchen) Allgood. She graduated from Grundy Center High School in 1939. Jessie attended and received her teaching degree from the University of Northern Iowa, formerly known as the Iowa State Teachers College. She was united in marriage to Harry Cooley on February 3, 1941 in rural Iowa.

She was the postmaster for Morrison, for 35 years. Jessie attended and held many offices for the U.S. Postal service conventions, was the Morrison correspondent for Grundy County, and was the treasurer for the Grundy County Museum of History located in Morrison.

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Jessie was a long time member of the First Presbyterian Church in Reinbeck. She was also a member of the Rebekah's and the American Legion Auxiliary.

She enjoyed gardening, games, gambling and especially Bingo. Jessie had a large collection of stamps, coins and dolls. Jessie loved to write and receive letters from her many pen pals. She was known for her cooking, pies, rolls and noodles. Jessie had a great sense of humor.

Jessie loved to travel and visited Hawaii twice with her husband Harry. She had a deep love for her family and always wanted to know what they were doing and why.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children Bill (Donna) Cooley of Morrison, and Barbara (Arnold) Bolman of Dover, Del.; six grandchildren, Lynn (Patti) Bolman of Ill., Ann (Mark) Essig St. Joseph, Mich., Lewis Bolman of St. Joseph, Mich., Kelly (Chris) Dinsdale of Reinbeck, Angela (Chad) Kickbush of Reinbeck, and Paul (Deb) Cooley of Grundy Center; great-grandchildren, Brenden Bolman, Bradley Bolman, Jonah Essig, Jon (Victoria) Dinsdale, Ben (Kinsey) Dinsdale, Emily Dinsdale, Addison (Chris Smith) Kickbush, Camden Kickbush, Coden Kickbush, Josh Cooley, Rachel Cooley and Megan Cooley; one great-great granddaughter, Kimber Dinsdale, and one great-great granddaughter on the way in March.

She was preceded in death by her parents Jesse and Eva; husband, Harry; four sisters, Mary Elizabeth Allgood, Vera Brandt, Avis Ishman and Pauline McFarland; and two brothers, Sam Allgood and William Allgood.



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