Edith A. (Specht) Cook

Edith A. (Specht) Cook

Edith A. (Specht) Cook, age 83, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 4:05 p.m., on Friday, March 27, 2020, at Ennoble Nursing and Rehabilitation. Because of the unprecedented conditions in our country right now due to the COVID-19 virus, private family services will be held at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. The family will thankfully receive your support through phone calls, greeting cards and online condolences left at www.behrfuneralhome.com. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Edith was born on February 8, 1937, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Frank and Lyda (Elder) Specht.

Edith was always a hard worker, she attended school at St. Columbkille’s Grade School and then attended night classes before going to work at the Iowa Egg Products Company, then Trenkel’s Sausage Company and lastly with Sutter’s Bakery. Edith was united in marriage to Donald “Don” Cook, on December 3, 1955, in Dubuque. They were blessed with 6 children and 61 wonderful years together, before Don was called home before Edith on October 29, 2017. After she married, Edith became a full time wife, mother and homemaker, a role which brought her great joy. In her spare time, Edith was well known for watching her beloved Chicago Cubs play ball on TV, even “quietly” telling them what they were doing wrong and how they could correct it! Edith was quite talented, she enjoyed creating beautiful embroidery projects and her elephant collection was extensive. She also enjoyed traveling the U.S., coast to coast, stopping to see all the sights along the way. Beyond a doubt, Edith’s family brought her the greatest joy. She loved spending time with Don and the kids, and when the grandkids starting coming along she was a regular at all of the their school and sporting events. We are deeply saddened at losing such a wonderful mom, grandma, great-grandma, sister and friend in our daily lives, but take some comfort in knowing she is now resting peacefully with her beloved husband for Eternity.

Those left to cherish Edith’s memory include

her children,
Donald “Butch” Cook, Jr.,
Debra “Deb” Doll,
William “Bill” Cook,
Charles “Chuck” (Patty) Cook,
Robert “Bob” (Heidi) Cook, all of Dubuque, IA
and Carol (Troy) Hackbarth, Rockford, IL;

her 10 grandchildren,
Amy, Michelle, Josh, Eric, Clayton, Ryan, Chris, Sydney, Skyler and Addison;

her 4 great-grandchildren, with one more on the way;

her sisters-in-law,
Ellen Cook, Jacksonville, NC,
Carrie Cook, Rockford, IL
and Dolly Coonfare, Manchester, IA;

and her brother-in-law,
Dean March, Dubuque, IA.

Edith was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald Cook Sr.; and her 9 siblings.

Edith’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Ennoble Manor, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Edith, especially in her final days.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.


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12 condolences for Edith A. (Specht) Cook
  1. Cindy Cook says:

    I really loved your mom i enjoyed it when they came here and we would go riding to thrift stores looking around.We had a great time together.I know you all will miss her a lot.You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Ken Farrey says:

    Condolences from your Wisconsin cousins.
    Ken Farrey

  3. Frank W Lyons says:

    edith and donny cook were good people, and great friends. they will be missed.

  4. Elinor R. Wagar says:

    So sorry for the loss of your Mom. We enjoyed all our times with your Mom and Dad. Enjoy all your wonderful memories of them. Wish we could be there with you but know that we are sending you lots of love. Your Beetown, WI. cousin, Elinor (Metcalf)& Joseph Wagar

  5. Pat and Ray Coyle says:

    So sorry for your loss! We had some good talks. The kids enjoyed each other’s company so much. The years have gone so fast.Take care and know we are thinking of all of you.

  6. La Verle Tucker says:

    My Aunt, Edith was my last sister of my mothers. I wish to contact Donny, as her usually provided transportation for. Edith n Donny last few years.
    520. 371 4398.
    My family are children of Ruth & Otto Tucker, Ruth lyons, Tucker was 3 of Lyda Spechts children.
    Can you forward this to Donny. Specht.
    We last met at Harry. Spechts memorial, And I am the child from Arizona!
    Sincerely grief stricken I can not attend, unless Donny says I can. I would be there in 3 hrs.

    Love to my family, LaVerle

  7. Michael Carpenter says:

    I am thinking about you and your family at during this difficult time. You have my deepest sympathies.

  8. LaVerle TUCKER says:

    I really wish to attend. I am in Wis for another week. Only a hop down the road from Lake Geneva.

  9. Greg Thill says:

    I work with Edith’s grandson, Ryan Cook at Rite-Hite. From our whole Rite-Hite team to the Cook family, our deepest sympathies during this time of loss.

  10. Val Hildebrand says:

    Ryan~ Thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones. So sorry for your loss.

  11. Charlotte Leick says:

    Sending thoughts and prayers to Chuck and Patty Cook on the loss of your mom Chuck. So sorry it is during this scary time. May you find strength and comfort from your family member’s

  12. Jean McGeough says:

    Deb, and all family members so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom you all have my deepest sympathy. Just know many heartfelt thoughts are with you.

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