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Paula Jeanne  Verderosa Cooney

Obituary for Paula Jeanne Verderosa Cooney

July 12, 1955 - April 8, 2020
Indianapolis, Indiana | Age 64

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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.

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