Jakob Robert-Lee Cooper

Jakob Robert-Lee Cooper was born on May 13, 2003 in Toledo, Ohio.   He was the son of Robert Cooper and Tamara (Thompson) Cooper.   Born with a rare genetic disease known as CDKL5 (Cyclin-Dependent Kinase Like 5) with Mitochondrial Disfunction, Jakob, had many struggles throughout life.   At the age of 2, Jakob began attending school through the Monroe County Intermediate School District.  

For the past four years Jakob participated with the Special Olympics.   He had also enjoyed bowling, listening to his Kindle Fire, and visiting the Toledo Zoo.   He joined his family in rooting for the hometown team, The Detroit Tigers.

Although, he was unable to speak, Jakob, had his own way of communicating and could be quite feisty at times.   He always disliked his baths and often removed his oxygen tubing to set off his alarms.   At those difficult times when his personality shown through, his loved ones commented, “That’s Jakob”.   He was quite aware of his surroundings and very fond of his mother, since his eyes always lit up when she entered the room.

The family attended St. Joseph Parish in Monroe prior to its closing.

Jakob, age 14, of Monroe passed away at Promedica Toledo Children’s Hospital on Monday, March 19, 2018.   His passing was preceded by his paternal grandparents:  Richard and JoAnne Cooper.

To cherish his memory, he leaves his beloved parents and caregivers:  Robert and Tamara Cooper; three siblings:  Stefanie (Garrett) Smith, Sarah Cooper (Coty Fulghum), and Jayce Cooper; maternal grandparents:  Michael and Charlene Thompson; a beloved niece:  Skye Smith; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins who loved him very much.  

Friends may gather from 2:00pm until 8:00pm on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Merkle Funeral Service; South Monroe, 14567 South Dixie Highway (734) 241-7070.   A Prayer Service led by Pastor Nate Clawson will take place at 7:00pm.   He will lie in state from 9:00am until the Mass of the Resurrection at 10:00am on Friday, March 23, 2018 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 502 West Front Street with Father Phil Ching officiating.   Procession will follow to Roselawn Memorial Park in Lasalle for burial.

Memorials for those who desire are suggested to the Cooper Family to assist with funeral arrangements.   Online guests may visit www.merklefs.com.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to Monroe County ISD and to all the Medical Staff that cared for Jakob as if he was their own.