Anne Violet “Pudsie” (Sachse) Cooley, 91, of Longmeadow, died Oct. 9 at Baystate Medical Center. She was the wife of Judge Sidney Cooley for 66 years. Born in Baton Rouge, LA, she came to Springfield in 1946 and then to Longmeadow in 1959. she attended Oklahoma University, was a graduate of Louisiana State University, and received her Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation from Springfield College and an honorary doctorate from Elms College. She was a member of Sinai Temple for 65 years. She was an active volunteer for decades at Wesson Hospital, Meals on Wheels, the Jewish Nursing Home, the Mass. Assn. for the Blind, Rachel’s Table, the Gray House, and the Work Opportunity Center; and she served on the boards of directors of several of those organizations. She received the William Pynchon Award in 1991, Beth El Temple’s Humanitarian Award, and the AZA community service award, the Rose Award, the 2011 Community Philanthropy from the Association for Community Living, and the 2012 Herman E. Snyder Award. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Lawrence Cooley of Arlington, VA, and Michael Cooley of Springfield; a daughter, Deborah Cooley of Springfield; a daughter-in-law, Marina Fanning of Arlington, VA; a son-in-law, William Hadden of Springfield; three grandchildren, Jennifer, Tanya and Joshua; and a great-granddaughter, Suzannah Fanning. Memorial contributions can be made to Sinai Temple, 1100 Dickinson St., Springfield, MA 01108 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
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