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Claire E. Cope, 87 – Civil War Buff, Loved Jeopardy!

claire speidel cope obituary


claire speidel cope obituary

Claire E. Cope, 87, Meadville, formerly of Pottsville, died Monday evening at Wesbury United Methodist Retirement Community, Meadville.

Born March 2, 1933, in Frackville, she was the daughter of the late Clare E and Elizabeth (Caton) Speidel.

After graduating from the former Frackville High School, Claire attended Albright College and graduated in 1955 with a Bachelor’s Degree in the Arts. She retired as a case manager from the Schuylkill County Office of Senior Services. She enjoyed traveling and was a Civil War and history buff as well as a huge animal lover. She loved Jeopardy! and playing games with her family. She was also a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Pottsville.

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In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Allan T. Cope who passed away November 1, 2003.

She is survived by her three daughters, Laurie Gentile wife of Jim, Greenville PA; Rebecca Quigley, Clarksboro NJ; and Rachel Anderson wife of Stephen, Sanford MI; six grandchildren, Tyler, Alex, and Madelyn Gentile; Ryan and Nicholas Quigley; and Sean Anderson; and a great granddaughter Scarlette Gentile.

Services and interment will be private and at the convenience of the family on the grounds of the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Frackville. Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home 515 West Market Street Pottsville PA 17901 has been entrusted with arrangements. Please visit to share a memory for the Cope family.

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