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Rita M. Cole

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Rita M. Cole 1919 - 2009 MERIDEN Rita M. Cole, 89, wife of the late Robert P. Cole, died on Friday, June 5, 2009 at the Bradley Home after a brief illness. Born in Bennington, Vt., on Oct. 24, 1919, daughter of John Z. and Adelina Breault Morin. She resided in Meriden from 1939 to 1975, returning to Bennington in 1975 and back to Meriden (Bradley Home) in 2005. She was a graduate of Bennington High School, Class of 1938. Mrs. Cole was employed by New Departure Hyatt and Cuno Corp in Meriden and the Union Carbide in Bennington, retiring in 1981. She was a parishioner of St. Laurent Church in Meriden and Sacred Heart Church in Bennington, a member of the St. Ann Society at St. Laurent and also Girls Scouts of America. She was a Cub Scout den mother for many years. She leaves a daughter, Adele Cole-Brown of Syracuse, N.Y.; two sons, James A. Cole and his wife, Donna S. Cole, and Michael R. Cole and his wife, Sue G. Cole, all of Meriden; a sister, Virginia Ayers of Beaumont, Texas; 10 grandchildren, Rhonda J. Cole and her husband, Michael Silverman, of Brooklyn, N.Y., Michele A. Collins and her husband, William, of Apex, N.C., James R. Cole and his wife, Lena, of Conway, S.C., Michael R. Cole, Jr. of Meriden, Heather Cole of Hamden, Shannon Ducas and her husband, Bert, of Meriden, Paige Gardner and her husband, Ben, of Syracuse, N.Y., Cole Shebat and his wife, Ashley, of Syracuse, N.Y., Blake Shebat of Syracuse, N.Y., and Cameron Brown of Syracuse, N.Y. Also survived by great-grandchildren, Gracie Silverman, Issabella Cole, Andrew Cole, Bethany Collins, Allison Collins, Daniel Collins, Michael R. Cole III, Daniel Cole, Matthew Cole, James Andrews, Haley Andrews, Allissa Ducas, Alexia Ducas and Troy Ducas, and many nieces and nephews, including Marie and Charlie Ray of Bennington, Vt., Dick and Paula Lyons of Shaftsbury, Vt., and Theresa and Ronnie Gilbert of Schenectady, N.Y. She was predeceased by sisters, Catherine Roberts, Irene O'Grady, Mary Jeane Morin, and Alice Morin; brothers, Pete Morin, Gerard J. Morin, John Morin, George Morin, Richard Morin and Charles Morin. FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral will be held on Monday, June 8, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. from the JOHN J. FERRY & SONS FUNERAL HOME, 88 East Main Street, Meriden, CT 06450 and at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Church for a Mass of Christian burial. Burial will be in St. Laurent Cemetery. Friends may call at the Funeral Home prior to the Mass on Monday morning from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The family would like to express its sincere thanks to the Bradley Home for the wonderful care given to our mother. www.jferryfh.com
Published in Bennington Banner on June 9, 2009
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