Ann Catherine Dow Cole passed away peacefully Wednesday at Hospice of the Sacred Heart in Dunmore with her family by her side after a four-year battle with breast cancer. Ann was 52 years old. She fought harder than anyone can imagine against this insidious disease with a great attitude and tremendous dignity. She was the wife of George Cole III.
Ann was born in Kearny, N.J., and was the daughter of Florence (Hawkins) Dow and the late William Dow Sr. Ann grew up in Kearny, N.J., and she moved to Pennsylvania in 1993.
She was a graduate of Kearny High School, Kearny, N.J., and Catherine Gibbs Business School. She also attended Rutgers University where she met her husband, George M. Cole III, almost 33 years ago. They recently celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary.
Ann was a longtime employee at TMG Healthcare in Jessup, where she worked as a quality control specialist. She was a member of St. Mary's of Mount Carmel in Dunmore, where she was a Eucharistic minister, which she loved very much.
Ann was a loving, kind-hearted soul that always put others before herself. She was a dedicated wife, mother, daughter and sister. She enjoyed watching her children play sports and never missed a game. She was an avid Dunmore Bucks fan. She was most proud of her children, Ryan, Jennifer, James and George IV, and loved spending as much time with them as possible.
Also surviving are a daughter, Jennifer Cole; three sons, Ryan, James and George IV, all at home; and her beloved dog, Marino, whom she nicknamed Supervisor since he followed her everywhere she went. Also surviving are her mother, Florence (Hawkins) Dow, Kearny, N.J.; brother, William Dow Jr. and wife, Ann (Chapman) Dow, Kearny, N.J.; mother-in-law, Janet Cam, Trinity, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Kelly Burnett and husband, Ponda, Lutz, Fla.; Cheryl Elshaer and husband, Ramy, Trinity, Fla.; Jamie Schwantes and husband, Travis, Las Vegas, Nev.
She will be missed by many relatives and friends.
The family would also like to thank family and the many friends that have provided so much love and support, especially Ann's Army, All for a Cause, the Kearny, N.J. Elks and to all those that supported those causes. The family would like to thank the entire Dunmore community and surrounding areas for all their support and compassion. Last but not least, the family would like to thank the staff at Hospice of the Sacred Heart in Dunmore and in particular Shelly Powell and Missy Smith for the wonderful care and compassion they provided. They are truly angels of mercy and very special people.
The funeral will be Wednesday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 E. Drinker St. in Dunmore, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, Chestnut Street in Dunmore. Cremation to follow.
Friends may call Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m.
To send the family an online condolence, visit www.DunmoreFuneralHome.com
Published by Scranton Times on Sep. 2, 2017.