Bronnie’s sister Janelle Storm touched by tributes | Goulburn Post

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The news of a special bench being installed at Anglicare’s Early Education Centre to honour long-standing volunteer Bronwyn Cooper was met with a massive outpouring of love by our Facebook followers. Bronwyn Cooper died on March 7 due to complications from a congenital heart condition. Bronnie’s sister Janelle Storm was deeply touched by the way the Goulburn community has treasured her little sister’s memory, and especially by the way the pre-school will be recognising her contribution. The pre-school was her life, really, ” said Janelle. “We sent her off with her apron in her coffin and some paper pansy flowers the children made for her. It just seemed right.” Janelle fondly recalls her sister as possessing a wonderful sense of humour. “She could be very dry, and she used to be fun at the pre-school because if you didn’t do something right in that kitchen of hers that she adored, she would make sure you knew it,” said Janelle. Bronwyn was born 52 years ago to Sid and Lorna Cooper, along with her twin Julieanne. They were the younger sisters of Annette and Janelle. READ ALSO Sammy takes steps to fight dementia on behalf of her mum Pioneers arrive at Gullen – A Boy from the Bush Part 1 The other sisters married but Bronnie spent her life at home, caring for her ageing parents. Her father died four years ago, and her mother has been gone for nine. Sadly, her twin Julieanne died 18 months ago following an infection by a ‘ superbug’. The twins had both volunteered at the pre-school attached to St Saviour’s Cathedral when they were 14. “Both twins left school and Mum sent them out to find something to do,” said Janelle. “Our parents were very involved at St Saviour’s, so when a lady at pre-school wanted helpers, they both went up and volunteered. Eventually, Julie went off and did other things, but Bron stayed.” When she began at the pre-school, she spent four to five days a week there, but as her parents got older she cut back to look after them. “Then her health got worse and so she did less,” said Janelle. “But the girls at the pre-school were so good to her. They’d pick her up and drop her off every day, and if she got a bit tired during the day they’d run her home.” This Monday, the Anglicare team will unveil a memorial bench and plaque dedicated to her in the grounds of the centre, and hold a morning tea in her honour. Did you know the Goulburn Post is now offering breaking news alerts and a weekly email newsletter? Keep up-to-date with all the local news: sign up below.

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