Catherin Constance Cooper


Oct. 2, 1950 – Oct. 25, 2017

Crossing the Bullard's Bridge meant coming home to Catie.  She did so for the last time on Oct. 23.  She died peacefully surrounded by family on Oct. 25, in Bandon at the age of 67.

Catie is survived by her husband, Jon Cooper; children, Erica Briggs of Portland and Johanna Shindler of Bandon; grandchildren, Brianna Horton of Oakland, Calif., Rio Briggs and Josiah Briggs of Portland, and Austin Crabtree of Eugene; siblings, Bo Shindler, Sarah Shindler, Mary Shindler, Will Shindler and Rachel Hernandez. She has four nieces and five nephews.  She was preceded in death by both parents and her eldest brother.

She was born in Bandon on Oct. 2, 1950, to Franz and Patricia Shindler. Her grandparents were Otto and Geneva Shindler, and Max “Dugan” and Pauline Harrington, all of Bandon. Catie attended Bandon schools and graduated from Brookings High School. She resided in the Shindler family home creating a space where beauty and art connected with nature.

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In the late seventies, she owned “Hand Me Down Kate’s”, a vintage clothing store located in Bandon. Catie loved to collect antique items and glassware, books and cookbooks. She often took her daughters on trips visiting thrift stores and garage sales. She was an accomplished chef, and cooked in several restaurants in town, as well as owning, along with her partners, Mamacitas and Los Gringos.

Catie was a multimedia artist. She worked with a variety of mediums including sculpture, drawing and painting. Her greatest talent was weaving; she apprenticed with local Native American tribes and developed lasting relationships with the members. In her retirement, she had many travel adventures with her husband that included cruises, cross country road trips and living in Florida.  She took the time to lovingly care for her elders and grandchildren. She had amazing gardens in which she spent her happiest moments. She was an avid reader, collecting and reading books covering a wide range of interests and subjects.

The family will have a private gathering at a later date. Memorial contributions may be sent to Bandon Historical Society Museum, 270 Fillmore Ave. S.E., Bandon, Ore. 97411.

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