Cooper Gerald O’Konski

Cooper OKonskiCooper Gerald O’Konski, of League City, passed away on August 30, 2015 in College Station, Texas at the age of 18. He was born on January 11, 1997 in Conroe, Texas to William O’Konski and Heather Rittenbery. Cooper will be remembered for always bringing joy and laughter to everyone he met. He truly never met a stranger. He carried a light inside him that cannot be described in words. Cooper is survived by his mother Heather, father William, sister Lauren Ray and husband Ryan, grandparents Gerald and Katherine Rittenberry of Denver, Colorado, Kay Lawrence of Phoenix, Arizona, Paul and Sharon O’Konski of Greenville, South Carolina, aunts and uncles Lisa and Erik Norgard, Ted O’Konski, cousins Clay and Margot Norgard, Kaylah O’Konski, Amayah O’Konski, Lylah Medina, niece Brynlee Ray and many other loving family and friends. A Memorial Ceremony will be held on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 11am at Clear Creek Community Church, 999 FM 270, League City, Texas 77573. In lieu of flowers, you may send memorials to League City Animal Shelter, 821 N Kansas Ave., League City, Texas 77573


  1. Uncle bill and I and family have thought about you day and night. We know cooper was a loved person who made others sparkle. Our hearts are with you. O

    Bill and carol Rittenbery
  2. Our hearts are with you. We will remember all we heard about cooper and the time we spent with him as a young boy. Prayers and peace be with you. Love to you .
    Uncle bill and aunt carol and family

    Bill and carol Rittenbery
  3. Greg, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Cooper was an amazing kid, he had a smile that could light up a room a laugh that was infectious and a Father that beamed when talking about him. Coop I will never forget our crazy road trip and our adventures that summer. RIP Much Love

    Bonnie Kopp
  4. Thoughts, love and prayers to your family and friends. You will be missed, and remembered, always Cooper.

    Colleen Meehan
  5. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Cooper was a great kid and always fun to be around. We are so sorry for your loss.

    Tim, Terri & Brett Ferguson
  6. Heather, Kathy and family,
    I am shocked and saddened to hear the news of Cooper’s passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I wish there were something I could say or do to ease your pain. I will always remember what a sweet boy he was. My sympathies to all of Coopers family and friends.

    Kerry Dunford
  7. Dear Jerry, Kathy and family,

    My heart and prayers go out to you as you try to make any sense of this devastating time. I know Cooper was a light in your life and loved by all. He touched many in his young life. My sister shared times they had with all of you. There really are no words. Praying for your peace.

    Judith Jones Curtiss
  8. Heather I’m so sad for you. I imagine your boy had the biggest heart because you have the biggest heart. I’m sorry I didn’t get to meet him. Love you.

    Gena Sell
  9. Dear Kathy, Jerry Heather and family. We were so saddened to hear of Cooper’s passing. We remember what a sweet little boy he was and how much you all loved him. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you at this devastating time in your lives. Love and Hugs Dan and Kathy Svoboda

    Kathy Svoboda
  10. Hi Heather,
    I do not know you personally or your family but I am an employee at SJC, my deepest condolences and sincere prayers go out to you and your family. I pray that God’s peace rest on your shoulders and that his wings of protection and assurance surround you!

    Telishia Long
  11. I offer my greatest sympathies for your loss. There are no words to console or alleviate your grief and nothing more glorious or painful than the love of a child. Their joy brings us elation; their hardships provide our deepest sorrows and their lives our most treasured gift. My heart goes out to you, your family and friends, who all will miss your beloved son.

    Jodi Sharp
  12. Greg, while I never met Cooper, I remember seeing your soul light up anytime the conversation would turn to family, more specifically our boys. I continue to admire the Father your are and Pray that you find peace. You are in my constant thoughts and prayers. I love you, Brother!

    Joseph Hitchcock
  13. Our condolences to Cooper’s family and friends. Prayers for peace and comfort.

    Ron and Kerry Horne
  14. Deepest sympathy, heartfelt condolences, and prayers from the entire Gall Family, St. Joseph MO

    Monica Gall-Smith
  15. Dear Heather (who I met when you were even younger than your Cooper), Greg, Kathy, and Jerry,
    I can’t quite find the words. For some reason, there just seem to be some things in life we can’t understand, change, or even describe or find answers to, which just seems to make them even more difficult. I am sending you prayers and hope that they, along with all the love and prayers from your friends and families will help to bring some strength to you over time. Hold on to each other and know that Cooper will always be with you in your hearts. May his beautiful spirit soothe your souls.
    My most heartfelt sympathies go to you as does so much love.

    Leslie Wolfson
  16. Cooper,

    I miss and love you so much. I miss playing nerf basketball with you, our trips to the cat corner on the way to school, Christmas mornings, watching you play baseball, watching you drive off for the first time in you first car when you got your license, seeing you getting your first job, your beautiful smile, you kind heart, and so many other good memories. This life is different without you in it but now you’re in the next life and I know you’re smiling that beautiful smile bringing joy to all the souls around you.

    I love you dude!!!

    I’ll find you in the next life when I get there and thank you for giving me joy in this life.


    Bert Trant
  17. Greg and Heather,
    Todd and I were so very sorry to hear about Cooper. There are no words for the loss of a child. We shall remember the time spent with him while he lived her in Washington. We wrap our arms around you both and send our sympathies to your entire family and Cooper’s friends.

    Tracy and Todd Weston
  18. Heather,

    I am so sorry for your loss of Cooper. You will be in my thoughts and prayers in the coming days. If I can be of any help in any way please don’t hesitate to ask. Your San Jac family is here for you. Praying for the peace of God to surround you.

    Renee Human

    Renee Human
  19. Heather,

    I’m deeply saddened to hear of your lose! We never know Gods will but he has called a angle home. If you need anything please contact me.


    Jake knight
  20. I met Cooper one Christmas while Greg was driving back into Texas. I found Cooper to be a charming and witty young man.

    Jon Sansone

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