Christine Ann (Manino) Cooper, 64, a resident of Fort Myers, FL. since 2014 passed away Saturday, January 26 at the Lee Health Hospital from cancer. She was born September 2, 1954 in Erie, PA where she lived until 2014.
Chris is survived by her husband of 38 years Charles Cooper, her mother Catherine Manino and brother Jay Manino all of Fort Myers. She was preceded in death by her father Louie Manino of Erie, PA.
Chris graduated from McDowell High School, Erie, PA in 1972 and attended Mercyhurst University. Chris worked as an executive secretary at Smith Meter Systems from 1975 until 1981. After her marriage to Charlie she dedicated her life to taking care of her home, husband and pet dogs. She loved flower gardening at her home and was an excellent gardener.
Chris married Charlie on February 13, 1981 and they have had a wonderful marriage for almost 38 years. Chris and Charlie had many great beach vacation trips which she loved to numerous locations; Bahamas, Dominican Republic, San Andres Island and her favorite Mexico. She developed many friends while vacationing at the Riu resort hotels in Playa del Carmen, MX. Chris was a very outgoing, kind and friendly person. Even in her last days she was courteous and kind to her hospital staff even though she knew the end was near. Chris would start conversations with everyone she met. On her vacations she would treat the hotel management, waiters, busboys, bartenders, cooks, housekeepers and landscapers as equals and was friendly to all. Throughout her life she tried to keep herself fit and always to look fantastic (in her last days she was still applying makeup in the hospital…) Charlie was always proud to be around her, she made him look good!
Chris loved animals, especially Maltese dogs, and has had many over the years. She was devoted to her current dog, Sergio, who misses her very much.
In her earlier years she loved the theater. For 35 years she was a dancer, singer and actress in community theaters. Her favorite roles were comedies. She performed many leading roles at the Erie Playhouse, Murder Mystery and many other theaters in Erie, PA. She was awarded many awards for her acting.