Paula Jeanne Verderosa Cooney

  • Born: July 12, 1955
  • Died: April 8, 2020
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Wilson St Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory - Franklin Township Chapel

5950 E Thompson Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46237

Tel. (317) 783-3653

Tribute & Message From The Family

Paula Jeanne Verderosa Cooney left this life on April 8, 2020. She was born on July 12, 1955, to Frederick J. and Ruth C. (Wendell) Verderosa, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Paula graduated from Concord High School in Dunlap, Indiana in 1973. In 1975 she graduated from Indiana Central University (now University of Indianapolis) with a degree in nursing. Passing her state nursing board exams on the first try, she practiced as a licensed Registered Nurse for 45 years. Her career was always as a bedside nurse, never wishing to be in supervision or management. Her desire was to care for patients, especially newborns and their mothers. Her career began at Winona Hospital, formerly on North Meridian Street in Indianapolis. In 1977 she moved to Community Hospital on Ritter Avenue in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit. For ten years she cared for critically ill newborns and infants. While many of her experiences there would be grotesque and unimaginable to most, Paula saw those situations as opportunities to help these new lives be as comfortable as possible, wanting to give them any chance for survival. Survival wasn't always possible. In those cases she turned her care and love to the parents, helping them endure the most tragic of parenthood's experiences as best she could. In 1987 she followed her husband back to Elkhart County where she began working in the Labor and Delivery unit of Goshen Hospital. Though her days in the NICU were over, she now moved to caring for mothers as they gave birth, but her greatest love was still for the babies she touched with not only her hands but her heart as well. She had an incredible ability to initiate intravenous lines on even the smallest of veins. Paula also completed a bachelor's degree in psychology from Indiana University – South Bend while living in northern Indiana. In 2009 Paula and her husband returned to Indianapolis where she joined the nursing staff in the obstetrics unit at Community Hospital South on County Line Road (Greenwood). After a few years, and with encouragement from co-workers, Paula joined the Lactation Consulting Team, another role she grew to love. She worked with lactating mothers through bedside care, social media, and support groups. Her many certifications included Inpatient Obstetrical Nursing (RNC-OB), Neonatal Resuscitation Instructor, and certification by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. She was also a full member of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nurses. In recent years Paula discovered antiques. Besides having a booth and display case at Southport Antique Mall, she also worked as an employee, interacting with other dealers and customers. The work provided her a great hobby. Her love for animals came through as a member of the Indianapolis Zoo for many years. She knew each orangutan by name and appearance, including their mannerisms and personalities! Paula was preceded in death by both sets of grandparents, her parents, and an aunt and uncle. Missing her every day is her husband, Jeff, her four children and families: Jenica of Indianapolis, Jeremy and Adalee (Pairitz), and grandchildren Gabriel and Arleigh, of Bloomington, Joseph of Indianapolis, and Joshua and Danielle (Shipley) of Monrovia. Paula loved her family dearly. She admired each child and their lives, embraced her daughters-in-law, and was deeply in love with her two grandchildren. For Jeff she was an amazing life partner, friend, love, and sparring partner for forty-five years. Paula touched many lives, most in their very earliest moments. Her wit and intelligence were obvious in everything she did. There is a hole in the world that will never be filled. Arrangements have been entrusted to Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service and Crematory – Franklin Township Chapel.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I am so sorry to hear of Paula's passing. She was a delightful, caring person and I loved working with her. I know her family misses her dearly and I will keep you in my prayers.

Posted by Sheila Graber    May 09, 2020

I just learned of Paula's passing as I've been off work for a month. She was always so uplifting and was such a great lady to know! We taught some Neonatal Resuscitation classes together and she was such fun to work with! May you all treasure the memories she created for her family and friends and may God comfort you in your grief!

Posted by Julie Davis - Greenwood, IN - Coworker   May 03, 2020

Such a lovely soul! RIP

Posted by Brenda Beachy - Elkhart, IN   May 02, 2020

Hi Jeff and family! I am the dental hygienist from (formerly) Dr. Coleman's office. She let me know what has happened! I am so very sorry for your loss and I will miss seeing her. She was always the highlight of my day whenever I had the pleasure of seeing her as a patient. I will definitely keep all of you in my prayers Be blessed!!!

Posted by Jennifer Ball - Indianapolis, IN - Friend   April 30, 2020

Thinking of you and the family. Life is short, precious and meant to spend together. I know you and Paula valued all that. My heart goes out to you and the kids and grand-kids. Such a wonderful life that was lost but we have the promise of eternity with a loving savior in heaven.

Posted by marc Flaningam - Vincennes, IN - Coworker   April 20, 2020


Jeff we are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts go out to you. Paula will be greatly missed.

Posted by Ryan and Cynthia McKinney - Indianapolis, IN - Neighbor   April 20, 2020


My heart and tears go out to you Jenica and your family are enduring one of your biggest loses in life . You will carry her memory and talk about her alot as the years pass without her . You are a mini-me of your mother . Heaven has received another always, Gloria L. Lowe

Posted by Gloria Lowe - Goshen, IN - Friend   April 20, 2020

My heart grieves for the loss of you. I grieve for your family, your children and grandchildren, for your friends and coworkers. Your loss will be felt by many. I so wish we would have had more time with you.

Posted by Jane Haganman - Indianapolis, IN - Coworker   April 17, 2020

Dear Jeff and family, While I did not have the pleasure of meeting Paula, it sounds as if your personalities matched perfectly. I still remember our brief meetings at family reunions and especially at our Grandfather's funeral and your helping me that day. I am so sorry that I am unable to be there for you now. Thankfully we have our faith, family, memories and of course photos to hold onto until we are able to meet again. Blessings cousin,

Posted by Rheta Eversman - Jonesboro, IN - Family   April 16, 2020

Thinking of you and your family Jeff during this difficult time. So very sorry for your loss.

Posted by Jennifer Crouch - Greenwood, IN - Coworker   April 15, 2020

Such an amazing person and career. My condolences to Jeff and the family.

Posted by Kevin Frisby - Avondale, AZ - Friend   April 15, 2020

Thank you, Paula for being the best life long friend to my sister, Lynne Gran. The two of you shared alot over the years & have made many wonderful memories. You are now at peace in Jesus' embrace, He needed another Angel. My sister will always miss you, but she'll have all the memories you both shared, to cherish & hold dear to her heart.

Posted by Michelle Collins - Cave Spring, GA - Family Friend   April 15, 2020

I am so sad for the loss of this amazing friend, past coworker and just a wonderful person !! She was so funny and smart! So excited that with retirement she could start visiting with older retires ! Just loving to visit with her again! She wanted me to do the antiques with her! Such a loss to the family and the world she lived in ! I am so sorry for all of our loss!

Posted by Missy Ingalls - Greenfield, IN - Friend   April 15, 2020

Although she left this life too early, she was blessed with a life well lived and family and friends who loved her dearly. May you all be blessed with memories.

Posted by Rhonda Shipley - Tallahassee, FL   April 15, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Paula left a deep impression on others and touched many lives in years as a nurse, she will be greatly missed.

Posted by Ken Taylor - Howell, MI - Acquaintance   April 15, 2020

Jeff and family, I'm so sorry to hear of Paula's passing. We were at Indiana Central at the same time and I remember when the 2 of you got engaged! While our paths haven't crossed since then, I pray that you will feel the love and compassion from others and that God's presence will be felt throughout this difficult time.

Posted by Myrna Jones Galbraith - Waldron, IN - Classmate   April 15, 2020

Words can't come close to describing what Paula has meant to me; and by extension, my family. There's a huge hole here, too. In the 50+ years we hung out together, our two families crammed a lot of memories we can draw from. The mom trips, shopping, solving world problems during chats at McDonald's, one- to two-hour yaks on the phone after her family moved back to Indianapolis. I miss her sage advice, her grin, her zany personality. Most of all, I miss her deep and special friendship. Plus just being a phone call away. Bless you, PJ!

Posted by Lynne (LJ) Gran - Goshen, IN - Family Friend   April 15, 2020

So sorry for your loss. I worked with Paula for many years on CCB She always had a smile and a story to tell. She always made a point to ask about our kids and grandkids remembering them by name. She will be greatly missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Hold on to all the great memories

Posted by Michele Knisley - South bend, IN - Friend   April 15, 2020

My deepest sympathy

Posted by Miss Mary Lich - Friend   April 15, 2020

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