Edith Cooper Pernick

Profile Updated: June 18, 2015
Edith Cooper
Residing In: Scottsdale, AZ USA
Spouse/Partner: Gene Friedman
Occupation: Retired Professional Counselor/ Educator in private practice. Specialized in Sexuality and Physical Disabilities.
Children/Grandchildren Craig was born in 1960, Karen arrived in 1962, and Ronnie in 1963. They are all married and I have 3 More…daughter in laws. Craig has 2 children : Kevin 26 and Julia 23. Karen's son Sayan is 10 years old and Ron's twins are boy, Jonah and girl Sanaa. So I am the proud grandmother of 5.
Yes! Attending Reunion

Life is good. Just a year and 4 months ago, Gene and I were married . We are both blessed to be together in harmony and in love. We were married in a magnificent ceremony and celebration in Scottsdsale. Our 6 youngest grandchildren ( between us we have 10) were our special flower children and then they sat on the steps of this outdoor scene of lights, candles, flowers and above us a hand crocheted spread made by my maternal Grandmother in 1930. It was breathtaking!
My 3 children are such special human beings. They are accomplished, intelligent, compassionate, community minded, and the best parents, partners and yes, children to me. It is always a love fest when we see each other. No one lives in AZ. So I travel to see them. What mother wouldn't? First 20 years of my marriage I mothered my children, substitute taught, did some photographic modeling. Then I went back to school and received my masters and for the next 35 years I was a professional therapist. As I said, life is good.

School Story:

Some of my favorite times were in Mr. Strepeks chemistry class. Never had to attend his breakfast club. I was lucky....

Elementary School

Brady Elementary, Durfee junior high, then Post before going to Mumford. I loved my pink and blue school.

Education after graduating from Mumford

I went through 4 years at the University of Michigan and graduated with a degree in teaching. I taught in Ann Arbor until my husband became a dentist in the Army. We had 3 children in 3 years. Needless to say I was a very busy woman, wife and mother.

At the age of 41 I went back to school for my masters degree at Wayne State University. I was in the school of guidance and counseling through the school of education. They offered a Masters Degree in Human Sexuality. When I completed my masters 2 years later with a 4 point I was admittedly very proud of myself.


Living in AZ . Is conducive to being in the pool. I love to swim as often as possible. Walking in the water not on water, Lol, is a joy for me. Swimming while it is so warm outside, makes it all so bearable.

I do Yoga, also and find that it is helpful for balance , peace of mind, and well being. Singing is another pleasure I enjoy. I have fun on my karaoke machine at home. Spent many years singing with a group of breast cancer survivors. Like to cook, be with friends, theatre, movies and travel. Crossword puzzles in ink especially the New York Times Sunday edition. Oh, let's not forget shopping.

What would we be surprised to know about you?

I am a breast cancer survivor of 21 years and an open heart by pass survivor of 11 years. I know what gratitude feels like after having these two monumental health threats. Fear, panic, and threats to my well being took over for a short period of time . I continued to see clients , do my counseling groups, write speeches and present them. My concern for family, wanting to live, and live well , bravely and wisely took over and I prevailed. To survive is minimal, but to prevail was my goal. I set examples for my children and grandchildren and clients. So many people to thank and so many to whom I am greatful. I am truly thankful and a woman of gratitude.

What did you do right after high school?

I went to The University of Michigan and studied a lot in between dating. Lol

High points of your life since high school.

Really liked the school dances and study hall times. Earl Matthews speech class was wonderful. He made it enjoyable for me.

Any vices?

I do not drink coffee, booze, caffeine products, gamble, so what else is there ? Imagine...........

Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose?

I have indeed. But I did not like how it felt .

Ever been on TV?

Yes, I have. Several times.

Where will you be in 10 years?

With my husband in AZ. Still visiting my kids in Seattle, Portland and Maryland. We will still travel to many interesting places. Hopefully, we will be healthy enough to do that which we still love to do.

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Mar 22, 2017 at 12:41 PM

Hard to believe we are really approaching 80. I will be in December so you beat me Pat. Be joyous and feel well loved. Edie

May 14, 2016 at 2:32 PM

It will be wonderful to celebrate your birthday, together in Scottsdale at Gene's 80th. See you on the 21 st.

Mar 13, 2016 at 8:56 PM

Have a happy, joyous birthday, Joanie.

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Dec 04, 2015 at 12:22 PM

Hi Arlene. It is always good to read about classmates. I also have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.. Now live in Scottsdale, AZ. Please say hello to Larry for me. It has been ages since we have seen each other. Let's connect. Edie

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Rhoda, We live 5 to 6 hours away from each other. How are you all doing? It would be great to talk with you. Edie

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Jul 20, 2015 at 4:37 PM

Hi Lavelle. Couple of things to remark on : my first two children are Craig and Karen. We have good taste in names, then my youngest son lives in Portland, OR and we visit often and third, I am sorry to hear that your husband is deceased. That is an adjustment.......
Your life sounds beautifully full with family and volunteering. Good for you. I was planning on being at the reunion. We were coming in from Scottsdale, AZ but I am going to the doctor today to set up a surgery appt. for August. Then I can get rid of the hernia, gerd and discomfort. Take care and continue as you have been. It is so good to feel happy and accomplished. I remarried 1 year 4 months ago and life is good.

Jul 09, 2015 at 2:58 PM

Happy birthday, Sandra. Hoping to come in from Scottsdale for reunion. We have it planned but I may have to have a procedure to relieve a hiatal hernia. If I do not then I will see you at the reunion. Edie

Jul 06, 2015 at 4:33 PM

I miss you so much of the time and through the years.you were my best friend since age 11. My prayer is that you are at peace. Love you? Edie


Jun 29, 2015 at 3:07 PM

Pat, it sounds as if you were an accomplished woman. Good for you. What a fine feeling that is. Sorry that you will not be at the reunion. I am coming in from AZ. Very excited. Will think of you. Edie

Jun 23, 2015 at 3:31 PM

Will you be at the reunion. I would so love to see you, my dear friend from Mumford. Edie

Jun 18, 2015 at 3:55 PM

I am really excited about this 60th reunion. Just to see some of our class members makes me feel 17 again. Sounds better than 77.......Will be coming in from Scottsdale with my husband Gene . We married just over a year ago. It will be so fine to catch up with those who attend. See you all then. Big hugs. Edie