Judith K. (Stewart) Cole (1940 - 2015)

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Judith K. Cole, 74, of Brownstown, passed away at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, after a recent illness.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at Gieseking-Claggett Funeral Home in Brownstown, with the Rev. Bruce Sasse officiating. As per Judy's wishes, casual attire is requested. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery in rural Brownstown. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until time of services on Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials: Friends and Families of Fayette County Hospital or Second Chance Animal Rescue, both of Vandalia. Online condolences may be expressed at www.giesekingfh.com.
Judith K. Stewart was born on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 1940, in Brownstown, the daughter of Roy and Burnetta (Fink) Stewart. She married William Cole on June 20, 1964.
She graduated from Brownstown High School, and following graduation obtained a business degree. Judy had worked as a bookkeeper at Fayette County Hospital before dedicating her life to working alongside Bill in on the family farm. She never hesitated to do whatever needed to be done, whether it was feeding the hogs, repairing a tractor, running the combine or making wreathes on the Christmas tree farm. She enjoyed watching her daughters play sports and, later in life, hearing the antics of her grandchildren. Judy enjoyed participating in sports and played softball until she was 60. After she was no longer able to participate herself, she thoroughly enjoyed watching any and all sports.
Judy began working at Redhawk Propane in December 2014. She quickly stole the hearts of her co-workers and the customers. She always had a smile on her face and a willing heart. Not only did the people around her enjoy her company and her funny sense of humor, but both of the office dogs loved her dearly.
Judy was a woman of great strength. She was a very friendly, loving and hard-working person. Her yard and farmstead was always mowed and neatly maintained.
Judy is survived by her former husband, William Cole of Fairview Heights; daughters, Susan Cole of Vandalia, and Amy and her husband Jeremy Holtrop of Belleville; grandchildren, Isabella, Gabriella and Cole Holtrop all of Belleville; brother, Alan Stewart of Macomb; and her Redhawk Family.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Bill, Frank and David.
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Gieseking-Claggett Funeral Home
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Brownstown, IL 62418
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Published in The Leader-Union from Sept. 29 to Oct. 7, 2015