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Adele (Carlson) Cooper

Adele (Carlson) Cooper, 79 of Lowell, passed away after a brief illness on April 25, 2020 at D’Youville Senior Health Care Community.

Adele was born in Chicago, IL on January 21,1941 and was the daughter of the late Arthur C. Carlson and the late Louise (Conner) Carlson. She was raised in Hinsdale, IL and she graduated from Hinsdale Township High School. She attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas TX, where she was a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority. Adele then earned her Masters Degree in Library Science at Simmons College in Boston, MA.

For many years, Adele was the head Librarian at the Nashoba Brooks School in Concord, MA. She was involved in many organizations and causes that were dear to her heart. She was a Girl Scout Leader, and a figure skating Coach for the Lowell Youth Skating Association, where she also sat on the Board. An active member of the League of Women Voters, Adele also took special joy in being a member of the Lowell Historical Society.

A lifelong baseball fan, Adele loved the Chicago White Sox growing up and eventually came to cheer for the Boston Red Sox. She spent a great many hours shuttling her kids to all of their activities, and she never missed a hockey practice or game. She was an accomplished piano player, who loved to belt out a show tune whenever one was requested.

Adele loved the many dogs that she had over the years, always having one by her side. She enjoyed long walks with her dogs, and spent a great deal of time exploring Lowell with them. Always a great lover of books, it was fitting that she carried her favorite quote in her wallet. It was Groucho Marx who said “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read”.

Adele was an amazing Mom and she will be missed terribly by her children, Colette Koster and her husband Kurt of Keller, TX. Seth Cooper and his wife Erica of Lowell, and Jesse Cooper and his wife, Sarah of Andover. She will also be dearly missed by her Grandchildren, Tatum Elizabeth Koster and Mason Russell Cooper. Adele leaves her Nieces, Cousins and an extended family, as well as Glenn Cooper. She also leaves many special friends, including Maggie Martin of Lowell, Joan Brown of Marin County, CA and Gloria Legvold of Winchester, MA. Adele loved her “doggie playtime” friends, as well as her Delta Gamma sisters.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Clifford Carlson. She was also predeceased by her father in law, Yale Cooper who referred to her as his “best friend” and her Uncle, O.D. Frank of Ogden Dunes, IN. Uncle “Dentie” gave Adele her deep interest in history and he was one of the biggest influences in her life..

Due to MA State regulations during the COVID19 Pandemic, her funeral services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lowell Historical Society, 40 French Street, Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements, by the Mahoney Funeral Home, 187 Nesmith Street, Lowell 978-452-6361.


  • MaryAnn Aijala Posted April 30, 2020 3:09 pm

    Seth and Erica,
    It is so very hard to loose your mom and to not be able to say goodbye in your own way must make this difficult time even more challenging for you. Remember your mom will live on in your heart, in your memories, and with her God. When you are able to, help her soul to touch yours by remembering beautiful moments you had together, especially the small ones since they seem to mean the most. May you find solace in those memories and each other. Sent with my deepest sympathies 💌🙏and hugs

  • Karen Reeney Posted April 30, 2020 11:53 pm

    Jesse & Seth,
    I’m so sorry to hear about your Mom passing. She was such a special lady and I so enjoyed the time I spent with her.
    Take good care of yourselves.

  • Raymond and Ute Duncan Posted May 1, 2020 1:53 pm

    Seth, Collette and Jesse––Let’s remember Adele for her incredibly vibrant personality!! Our thoughts go back to those summer days at Cape Cod with Adele–on the beach, shooting the breeze with her and enjoying the “Library Reading Hour” she would set up for the whole Cooper, Legvold and Duncan gang hanging out together. Let us also celebrate her piano-playing skills many times (often Christmas time) on display in your Lowell home, where she played like a pro and we stood around the piano singing. We especially remember and celebrate her rope swinging skill in action when she would swing ‘way out over the pond and drop into the water with a Tarzan- (really Jane) whoop. And she was quite skilled on the shoulders of someone in the pond, engaged in a heroic water fight! Boy-oh-boy, those were the days with our beloved Adele! She live a grand life for sure. Bottom line: Adele was just one of our best friends, ever!

  • Raymond and Ute Duncan Posted May 1, 2020 2:02 pm

    Seth, Collette and Jesse–We have just tons of wonderful memories of Adele–from Cape Cod, swimming in the ponds around Lowell, piano-playing and singing at Christmas time. She was an exceedingly vibrant personality and one of our best friends ever! (By the way, she was a great “rope swinger” over the ponds and just loved water fights). We think of her often–always with great fondness! Now, you cannot say that about everyone you knew before they moved off this planet for their next adventure!

  • Donna Reidy Posted May 1, 2020 5:12 pm

    Seth, Although I didn’t have the honor of knowing your Mom, I know how much she meant to you which speaks volumes about her. Words are little comfort at a time like this but you know how many peoples lives you’ve touched and we’re all with you now sharing your sorrow and praying that God touch your heart with healing knowing that our loved ones spirit will always be with us because the spirit doesn’t die. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

  • Jim Conner Posted May 11, 2020 9:54 pm

    Seth Collete & Jesse- So sorry to hear about Adele passing on. I have thought of her often. We have not been in touch much but she was such a big part of my young life in Hinsdale. Our family gatherings were so much fun with her and the other cousins. Too bad we are so spread out now. Take care and our deepest sympathies.

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