Monday, June 25, 2018 ~ 10:00 a.m.
St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church ~ Wahoo, Nebraska
Interment at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery ~ Wahoo, Nebraska
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Visitation ~ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Knights of Columbus Rosary ~ 7:00 p.m.
Svoboda Funeral Home ~ Wahoo, Nebraska
St. Wenceslaus Catholic School, Wahoo or The Bishop’s Appeal for Vocations (Diocese of Lincoln)
James T. Cooney, 75, of Weston, Nebraska, passed away on June 19, 2018, at Bergan Mercy Hospital in Omaha. Born in Darby, Pennsylvania, December 6, 1942, he was the son the late John J. Cooney, Jr. and Mary (Byrne) Cooney. Jim was a proud graduate of Devon Preparatory School (Devon, Pennsylvania) and St. Joseph University in Philadelphia majoring in Latin American Studies. After graduating from St. Joseph University 1966, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia from 1966-1968 and was a Peace Corps Fellow from 1968-1969. In October 1969, Jim and his new wife Mary relocated to Chile where he was a Peace Corps Director until 1972.
After Chile, Jim and Mary traveled the United States and lived temporarily in Wahoo, Nebraska while Jim attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha. In 1974, they moved to Arlington, Virginia where they lived for over 30 years.
The major part of Jim’s career was spent in Washington, DC where he was Director of Community Education for Partners of the Americas, an international development organization that linked states in the U.S. with corresponding states, regions, or small countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. After working on education issues for some years, Jim earned a Master’s Degree (M.Ed.) in Community Education at Brigham Young University while simultaneously developing a winning grant proposal to the Charles Stuart Mott Foundation of Flint Michigan to greatly expand Partners work in the education field. In the course of his 16 years at Partners, Jim traveled to virtually all countries of Latin America and the Caribbean and was fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. Thousands of professionals and young people in the education field throughout the Americas benefited from Jim’s stewardship. He loved working with Partners volunteers and they loved and admired him for his enthusiasm and exceptional skills.
Jim loved to travel, especially to Ireland the land of his ancestors. He loved Chilean wine, trips to the Outer Banks with his family and being a member of DACOR (Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retired). All his life he had a passion for golf and trains. He could always be counted on to tell a good story (or two) and entertain any number of people at the “drop of a hat”.
He was always there for family and friends no matter how far away, fiercely loyal and generous with a full heart ready to help anyone who needed it. He loved his Church and being a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Jim is survived by Mary (Machovec), his wife of 49 years, daughter Jessica, son in law Christopher Taylor, grandson James, brother Edward (Dawn Turner), sister-in-law Cathy Cooney, and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother John, and maternal and paternal grandparents.
Jim touched so many lives. He was a wonderful and caring husband, father, grandfather, brother, son, uncle and friend. He will be terribly missed by all who had the good fortune to know him.