In Loving Memory…

Sydonna L. Cooney

Sydonna L. Cooney, “Grandma Sam,” 79, of Otterville, passed away Monday, April 15, 2019, at her home.

She was born October 16, 1939, in Sedalia, daughter of Lynford and Winnie (Henderson) Hackler.

On October 6, 1957, in Sedalia, she married John Austin “Bud” Cooney, who preceded her in death on January 20, 2015.

Sydonna worked as a bookkeeper and office manager for Howard Construction before she retired. She was known by the Otterville community as “Grandma Sam.” She dedicated her life to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was “always there” for all their sporting events and activities. If it was important to them it was important to her. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

She enjoyed her Tuesday crocheting group, as well as gardening. Recently she had been attending the Otterville Baptist Church and helped cook for the kids for Wednesday night youth group.

She was an amazing woman and loved her family dearly.

Surviving are a daughter, Pat Seifert and her husband, Gene, of Otterville; four grandchildren, Jonathan Seifert, Preston Seifert, Shelby Geromini and Shaunna Pace; ten great-grandchildren, Jessica, Devyn, Mariah, Tanner, Wyatt, Lukas, Finley, Gage, Austin and Ava; and a brother, Harold Hackler.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two daughters, Donna Geromini and Debra Sue Cooney.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, at Heckart Funeral Home, with Jeff Page officiating.

Casket bearers will be Jonathan Seifert, Preston Seifert, Chad Pace, Roger Stuedle, Paul Oswald and Jim Oswald.

Honorary bearers will be her great-grandchildren.

Burial will be in I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Otterville.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Heckart Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to Wounded Warrior Project.


  1. Tammy (Allen) Leroux

    I’m so very sorry to hear of your loss

  2. I’m so sorry for your loss .

  3. Nina (Meyer) Oldham

    So very sorry for your loss, she was a beautiful lady, inside and out!

  4. I am so sorry for your loss. Sam was an amazing loving woman who didnt know a stranger. Was always there if someone needed her. She will be greatly missed.

  5. So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and family.

  6. Valerie Sumner

    Otterville will miss a wonderful lady. My prayers are with you.

  7. Lloyd and Thresa Arvin

    Deepest Sympathy to family and friends.

  8. Carolyn Aggeler

    No words can say how much she touched people’s lives. He was so kind and loving I’m proud to have know her. Rest in peace dear Sam

  9. Our Condolences to the Whole Family. We will miss Aunt Sydonna, She was quite a Wonderful Person. Beautiful inside and out. Love Mary Lozada, Donna Dube, Todd Dabkowski

  10. Absent but not Lost by Paul Dube

    But o’ for the touch of a vanished hand
    And the sound of a voice that is stilled
    For the silent sound of the missing band
    With the song of Love my heart is filled

    Precious moments absent are
    Treasured memories present still
    The distance short should seem so far
    The time, eternal ’till

  11. So sorry about Sam. Thoughts and prayers are with the family.
    Juanita Klein odoniel

  12. Genny, Robin and Nick Perso

    We are so very sad to hear of your loss. Grandma Sam was a blessing to anyone that knew her, and a gift to us all.

  13. Charles & Mary Goode

    She will be missed so much. What a wonderful woman she was! Our sympathy to all the family.

  14. Denise Lonergan

    so sorry to she keeping all in pryers

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