Bonnie Sue Coopersmith died of cancer at her home in West Springfield, MA on August 26, 2019 at the age of 60. Her loving husband, Mark, and her sister, Jackie, were by her side.
Bonnie was born December 8th, 1958 in Brooklyn, NY to Herbert and Arlene (Rifkin) Coopersmith. She married her husband Mark in 2008 and they have lived in West Springfield for the past 10 years, most recently with their beloved pups, Piper and Rio.
Bonnie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany in 1979. She then went on to obtain her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology as well as an Advanced Certification Graduate Study in Marriage and Family Therapy at Springfield College in 1980 and 1981, respectively.
For over 35 years, Bonnie worked as a psychotherapist and individual and family counselor in Western Massachusetts, as well as in the Boston area. She was Director of Respite Services and Program Supervisor at the Carson Center in Westfield, MA for 13 years. She was Director of Family Based Services at the Northeast Family Institute in Danvers, MA for 12 years and later became Senior Director of Clinical Services at River Valley Counseling Center in Holyoke, MA.
Bonnie’s work was her life. Throughout her career, she was a champion of the vulnerable and those in crisis, developing programs and rallying various community groups to join hands in providing help and support to those in need. Her greatest passion was her private practice counseling work with her clients.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her father, Herbert, and her “soul mate pup,” Hunter Blue. She is survived by her mother, Arlene, her adoring husband, Mark, her sister and best friend Jackie, and brother-in-law Russ. She is also survived by her two special nephews, Michael and Harrison, to whom she was like their second mother. Bonnie is also survived by sister-in-law and brother-in-law Cindy and Dave, nephew Joseph, brother-in-law Rich and life-long friends Dianne and Shirley.
Memorial donations may go to LearnLiveLove, a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to women suffering from cancer. At Bonnie’s request, no services were held.
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