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 Laura May <I>Cooper</I> Acker

Laura May Cooper Acker

Birth
Greenfield, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 9 Mar 1973 (aged 91)
Forest Grove, Washington County, Oregon, USA
Burial Greenfield, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA
Plot Block 34 Lot 13 Space 11-a
Memorial ID 106786901 · View Source
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Daughter and youngest child (of three) of Edwin Johnson & Alice Rosena (Ferguson) Cooper.

Her sister Anna Mariah (b. 1878) died at age 6 in Feb. 1885.

In Nov. 1889, when she was eight years old, her father, who suffered years of verbal and physical abuse from his brother Peter on the family farm, shot and killed her Uncle Peter. Her father was sentenced to prison in March 1890.

Her mother divorced her father in 1891 when she was ten. When she was 13 (Oct 1894), her mother Alice remarried to William Wieselman and lived in Muskego, WI. She had two half-sisters; Lillian, b. 1896 (d. 1913) and Florence, b. 1899.

Laura married John George Acker Jr at age 20 in 1901 in Muskego. They had four children but only three survived infancy: Elroy Joseph (b. Mar 1902, d. Dec 1902), Frances Catherine (b. Oct 1903), Marie Lorraine (b. Feb 1906), and Harold Edwin (b. Jan 1917). The middle name of her only surviving son was for her father Edwin, who died in 1913.

The family lived in Raymond in Racine County until about 1907; then they moved to Norway in Racine County. The family moved to West Allis in Milwaukee County around 1914 or 1915 and that's where their youngest child was born.

Her brother Richard (b. 1880) died in 1931 and was buried next to their father. Her mother died in Jan. 1939 at age 85.

Laura and John celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1951.

Widowed in 1953, Laura Acker then moved to Oregon in 1963 where her daughter Marie and her husband lived. Laura lived to age 91 and died in 1973 in Forest Grove, Oregon. Survived by her three children. Also survived by four grandchildren (Glen Verick, Darrell Woodward, Cherie (Woodward) and Lorilee (Woodward). Laura had three known great-grandchildren (Bill, Karl and Hans Verick). She was also survived by her half-sister Mrs. Florence Molkentine.

Laura's body was returned to Wisconsin and buried with her husband in their Greenfield, Wisconsin cemetery plot.


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  • Maintained by: Ronald G. Gadzalinski
  • Originally Created by: Frank Germanson
  • Added: 16 Mar 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 106786901
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Laura May Cooper Acker (13 Apr 1881–9 Mar 1973), Find A Grave Memorial no. 106786901, citing Arlington Park Cemetery, Greenfield, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Ronald G. Gadzalinski (contributor 46539654) .