Ethel Cooper is Mt. Pleasant Borough's citizen of the month
At 95 years old, Ethel Cooper has not slowed down.
Retiring in 1986 after 47 years of service at West Penn Power, Cooper made it her life's work to volunteer and help others.
It's her volunteer spirit that recently earned her the Citizen of the Month award, which was presented by Mt. Pleasant Borough Council.
Borough Mayor Gerald Lucia said he and borough Manager Jeff Landy recently conducted a segment about Cooper on their weekly radio show — “Mount Pleasant Up Close” — which airs on Sunday morning on WKVE 103.1.
Lucia lauded the lifetime of service by Cooper, who volunteers at Excela Health Frick Hospital and for the Mt. Pleasant Area and Bullskin Township historical societies.
“She has been very much respected by a lot of people in Mt. Pleasant, and to volunteer at the age of 95 just shows you what type of person she is from the heart,” he said.
She is also very active at Reunion Presbyterian Church, where she is a member who once taught Sunday school there for more than 45 years, Lucia said.
He added that Cooper is a member of the Braddock Trail Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Mt. Pleasant as well.
She also sits on the women's committees in both Mt. Pleasant and Scottdale, Lucia said.
During World War II, Cooper was also a member of the Civil Defense Committee in Mt. Pleasant.
Cooper also delivered on a volunteer basis with the local Meals on Wheels program for a number of years.
“She just wants to help people,” Lucia said.
Cooper's niece, Linda Jang, said she is, “kind, thoughtful, loving, loyal, humorous, wise, appreciative and very gracious,” and she added that her aunt deserved the Citizen of the Month award because of her strong community involvement.
“From the Civilian Defense Corps during World War II to the Mt. Pleasant Women's Club, the Saturday Afternoon Club, the historical society, volunteering at Frick Hospital and much more, she has always been active in the local community,” Jang said.
Jang went on about her beloved aunt.
“(Cooper) is a wonderful neighbor and friend to many,” she said. “It sometimes seems like she knows just about everyone in town. She is exceptionally beloved by everyone who knows her.”
Cooper said she volunteers because she thinks we have an obligation to others.
“When we can serve, I just think we should,” she said.
In a matter-of-fact manner, Cooper said it comes down to simply wanting to help others.
“I love people, and I love being with people,” she said.
Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.