Wilda L. CoberSeptember 4, 1926 ~ June 3, 2017 (age 90)
Wilda L. (Judy) Cober, 90, of Bedford died Saturday, June 3, 2017, at the Church of the Brethren Home, in Windber. She was born on September 4, 1926 in Everett, a daughter of the late J. Elmer and Etta (Bennett) Hoffman. On April 20, 1946, she married William L. Hoover at the Raven Run Church of the Brethren in Saxton, with whom she had her two children. Bill died tragically in an automobile accident in 1955. In 1958, she married Robert F. Cober of Somerset, who adopted her two young sons. They were married for 52 years, until Robert’s death in 2010. She is survived by her sons, Rod Cober and wife Susan, of Cincinnati, OH and Layne Cober, and wife Karen, of Everett; three grandchildren: Andrew Cober (Hilary) of Reston, VA, Justin Cober (Nicole), of Arrington, VA, Ben Cober and (Melissa), of Kirkland, WA; five great-grandchildren: Ava, Jasper, Nehemiah, Cabot, and Brooks; and many caring nieces and nephews. Judy was the last surviving sibling of six and she cared deeply for her four sisters and brother: Doris, of Elmira, NY, Phyllis, of Everett, Mildred of West Palm Beach, FL, Shirley of Wycliffe, OH, and George of Wycliffe, OH.
She was known as “Judy” since elementary school when a teacher continued to mispronounce “Wilda” and her sister, Mildred, gave her the name, “Judy”. It stuck for the next 80 years. Judy grew up in Everett in a large household and welcoming home. She graduated from Everett High School in 1944, married for the first time in 1946, and she and husband William managed a successful and growing farm and dairy business, while involved in numerous church and community activities until his death. She then attended East Cleveland Business School, worked at Williams Electric in Bedford, married her second husband, Robert, and eventually retired from the Bedford County Recorder’s Office as the Deputy Register and Recorder after almost 20 years. She was active throughout her life. Judy roller skated, starting in her teen years until she was past 60 years old. She met both of her husbands through roller skating. She also enjoyed ballroom dancing, playing the organ, and gardening. She was a member of the Bedford Church of the Brethren, where she had been a deacon and a member of the Women’s Fellowship. She was also a member of Eastern Star, and enjoyed being one of the few lefties in the women’s Bedford Elks Bowling League. The family wishes to express its appreciation to the staff at Grane Hospice, the Church of the Brethren Home, and Colonial Courtyard, Bedford, for making Judy’s final years positive and comfortable.
Friends will be received on Monday, June 5, 2017, from 6-8 p.m., at the Timothy A. Berkebile Funeral Home, in Bedford. A private graveside service will be conducted by Pastor Dale DiBernardinis at the Everett Cemetery. Our online guestbook is available at www.berkebilefuneralhome.com