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Kristen A. Cooper

Kristen A. Cooper

Kristen A. Cooper, age 39 of St. Paul, MN, passed away on Wednesday April 6, 2023, at her parents’ home in Menomonie.

Kristen was born in Minnesota but grew up in Menomonie.  She was the daughter of Mike and Ceceilia Cooper.  Kristen graduated from Menomonie High School in 2002.  Kristen pursued a Bachelor Degree in Marine Biology from Texas A & M and a Masters Degree in Library Science from St. Catherines.  Kristen worked her dream job as a Librarian with the University of Minnesota.

During college she volunteered her time at Moody Garden Aquarium working with Sting Rays and sharks.  Kristen also volunteered at the Gabbert Raptor Center in St. Paul, MN.  Kristen enjoyed traveling, scrapbooking, card making and spending time with her family and friends.

Kristen is survived by her parents, Mike and Ceceilia, her brother, Greg (Sarah) Cooper, a nephew, Franklin, several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Frank and Nellie Cooper and Herman and Nora Kraby.

The family wishes to thank the many family, co-workers, friends and Pastor George Schrader, who have supported the family during his difficult journey and St. Croix Hospice for the wonderful care and support they provided.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, April 15, 2023, at New Life Lutheran Church in Menomonie (620 24th Ave. West.) with Rev. George Schrader officiating.  Burial will be at Evergreen cemetery in Menomonie at a later date.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Friday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.



  1. Stacey Weiss

    Dear Cecelia and Mike
    I am so sorry to learn about Kristen. She was such a wonderful young lady. Our prayers are with you.

  2. Stephanie Ritchie

    We will miss Kristen's great contributions to the agricultural librarian community. Condolences to her family.

  3. Judy Ogren

    Dear Mike and Cecilia,
    I was heartbroken to read this. My daughter, Rachel, sent it to me. I can only imagine how your family feels. I remember all of you with love. And Kristen, a beam of sunny red headed energy.
    I loved reading about all she had accomplished. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
    Judy Ogren

  4. Cheryl Chapin

    Dear Mike, Cecil and family,
    Such a difficult time. Sending lots of prayers your way. Press in with Jesus, the great comforter. He will sustain you as you grieve the loss of Kristen in the days, weeks and months ahead.
    Cheryl, Scott and Jacob Chapin

  5. Judy Young

    I’m so sorry to hear about your beautiful daughter. I have fond memories of her running around Our Savior’s Lutheran Church during M.O.M.S. meetings with all of the other children. I loved her red hair. Sending my love and condolences during this difficult time.

  6. Priscilla Veldt

    So sorry to see that she lost this battle. I worked briefly with her in the hospital lab at Barron, WI (shortly after she moved back from Texas I think)and we remained friends thru social media and creeped on each others pages :) Kristen had the most interesting mind, and always seemed to be loving life! As a parent who lost an adult child, my heart breaks for you, her parents and family.

  7. Jackie Hawk

    Mike, I’m so sorry to hear of your daughters passing. Prayers of peace and comfort for you and your family. ????

  8. Linda Bark

    Thinking and praying for all of the family at this time.
    My sincere condolences

    Linda Bark

  9. Breslin Carol

    Mike and Cecil, our thoughts and prayers are with you in your suffering and grief. Life is unimaginably hard sometimes, and we are so very sorry for your loss. May God wrap his arms of love, mercy and comfort around you and hold you tight during this touch chapter.

    We love you, Pat and Carol

  10. Lea Holddn

    She will be missed.

  11. Patty Miller

    Our heartfelt condolences. Sending prayers.

  12. Dawn Bryan

    Mike my heart breaks for you & your family! I am so sorry for the huge loss of your daughter, I wish I could say something, anything to help with your pain. Just know my prayers are with you & your family today and always! Sending love to you & your family, hang on to all those wonderful memories, lean on your family & friends to help guide you through this difficult journey! Dawn

  13. Tony Gunderson

    Deepest o

  14. Suzette and Jerry Wallen

    Praying the Lords Peace that Passeth All Understanding over Your Family Cecil and Mike

  15. Teresa Kraft

    I’m so sorry to see this! She was always such a sweet girl ♥️ You have our deepest sympathies! Billy and Teresa Kraft and family.

  16. Susan Zavada

    Kristen was the kind of friend that every mom wants for her daughter...brilliant, kind, respectful, a little quirky and a lot of fun. We are so happy that she was a part of our lives.

  17. Breslin Carol

    Mike and Cecil,

    Our deepest sympathies are with you. We will be praying for peace and strength for both of you. We love you both ❤️????

    Pat and Carol

  18. Katie Johnson (formerly Scherman)

    I'm so sorry for your loss. I left MHS after my sophomore year but do remember Kristen. She was so kind and a great person. I'm so sorry those who knew and loved her are having to go through this time dealing with a passing of someone too soon.
    My thoughts are with everyone who knew her.

  19. Debbie Currie

    Kristen was a terrific librarian and a delight to be around. The USAIN community has lost a great friend and a whip crack colleague. My condolences to her family and many friends ????

  20. Melanie Gardner

    Kristen was a hard working and consummate professional. She was a lovely person. I knew her only briefly and she stood out as a leader. Peace be with you.

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