MARY COLE Mary Margaret (Mashe) Cole, 91, a long-time resident of Lansdale, died Thursday, October 4, 2012 at ManorCare Health Services in Montgomeryville. She was the wife of the late George Jacob Graff Cole, who passed away in 1970. Mary was born October 17, 1920 in Eynon, to Louis and Nellie (Lucas) Mashe, the youngest of four children which include her sister, Helen, and brothers, Daniel and Martin, all born within five years of one another. Affectionately known as 'Babe' by her family, she raised three children and led a life sprinkled with various artistic, creative, and inspired pastime pursuits and lived her life by helping others. Babe loved to sing and began at a young age by entertaining the children at her school. Throughout her life, she enjoyed associations with various choirs and took immense pleasure when the choir sang for Pope John Paul when he came to St. Peter's Church in Philadelphia. A lively little tune could inspire her to sing or dance at the spur-of-the-moment. Her love of music trickled down to her grandchildren as she made sure there was always a piano to practice on. Oil painting was another enjoyment for her and the many paintings exhibited throughout her home represent the time spent appreciating this hobby. Babe enjoyed enriching others' lives. While volunteering as a Gray Lady at North Penn Hospital, circa 1971, she would bring cheer and merriment to the infirmed including the children and joined the 'Clowning Around' comedy troop. Mary continued doing private practice nursing aide/ companion work until she retired at age 80. Babe was always a kind, caring, giving woman, cheerful and upbeat and always left us with the parting gesture "God Bless You All." She is survived by her three children and their spouses, Georgetta (Cole) and Howard Smith of Gilbertsville, Mary Jane (Cole) and Saul Rosengarten of Souderton, and George Cole Jr. of Mifflinburg; four grandchildren, Kendall, Kelsey, Samantha and Veronica; five great-grandchildren, Riley, Gregory, Landon, Christian and Joshua; and her brother, Martin and Eleanor Mashe of Dickson City, who all brought great joy to her life. She was preceded in death by her sister, Helen (Mashe) Ceccoli in 2011; and her brother, Daniel Mashe in 2007. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by the Huff & Lakjer Funeral Home, Lansdale. To offer your condolences to the family, please visit www.huffandlakjer.com and sign Babe's Guest Book.
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Published in The Reporter on Oct. 8, 2012