Mozelle Oleta Cope

Alton | Saturday, August 14 2010

Mozelle Oleta Cope was born on August 6, 1919 in St. Louis, MO and was called to be with our Lord and Savior at 3:05 a.m. Saturday, August 14, 2010 at Rosewood Care Center with her family by her side. She just turned 91.

Mozelle was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Ruby (Seay) Bach, her brother, Jack, and her beloved husband, Dwight. Mozelle grew up in St. Louis, but also spent quite a bit of time living with relatives in Batchtown, IL and Sapulpa, OK as a child.

She married the love of her life, Dwight Cope on September 29, 1940 and had 55 wonderful years with him until his death in 1995. Together they had twin daughters, Marilyn and Sharilyn, in 1942 and shortly thereafter started working with plastics in the basement of their home. This was the beginning of their business, Cope Plastics, Inc. which continues today and is headquartered in Alton, IL. Mozelle and her husband were soul mates and did everything together. One of their many passions was St. Louis Blues Hockey. They bought season tickets when the Blues started in St. Louis in 1967. They also loved to go hunting and fishing and took many trips with friends and family out west and to Canada. They loved to travel the world, but their favorite vacation spot was Bemidji, MN where they spent lots of time with their family at their cabin on the lake.

Surviving are her daughters and sons-in-law, Andy and Marilyn Kuhn and Don and Sharilyn Beem. Also surviving are her grandchildren and spouses: Chris and Sonja (Kuhn) Klope, Joe and Debbie Kuhn, Sean and Christa (Kuhn) Copple, Pete and Lori Kuhn, David and Cindy (Beem) Smalley, Mike and Roxanne (Beem) Wittman, Steve and Jane (Beem) Saale and Dave and Donna (Beem) Rintoul. She had 22 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. In her later years, Mozelle’s devoted companion was her little Chihuahua named Trinkie, Also surviving. Mozelle and Dwight were faithful members of Godfrey First United Methodist Church and any memorials can be made to the church.

Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Monday at Gent Funeral Home in Alton where funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday. Burial will be at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens Mausoleum in Bethalto. Reverend Don E. Long Jr. will officiate.

Online guestbook and information may be found at

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Gent Funeral Home

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