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Marilyn Cole, passed away peacefully after a long illness early in the morning, September 26, 2021. She was 82 years old.

Marilyn had a long and rich life. A small town girl who grew up on a farm, her gifts led her to a career as an English teacher and a master’s degree. But then she met the love of her life, Lawrence E. “Ed” Cole and gave up her doctoral dreams for a much bigger job, that of a full-time mother.

She moved to Warren in 1974, where she became an active member of St. Joseph’s Parish, where she served on the PTU, parish council, taught the CCD-con-fraternity of Christian doctrine, belonged to the church Legion of Mary and became the president of the Altar Rosary Society. She worked for the parish for many years, first as a secretary, then as a baker and cafeteria chef. Her incredible skills made her a legend and countless people still remember her “Mrs. Cole Roll” made from his classic bun recipe. Inspired by Mother Theresa of Calcutta, she helped found the St. Joseph’s Soup Kitchen and served as its director for over a decade.

Marilyn loved gardening and read constantly. She was devoted to Padre Pio and showed her deep faith in every part of her life. But more than anything else, she loved her three grandchildren, who gave her great joy in her later years.

At left to follow his examples in life are his children: Mark T. Cole, Ed-ward (Ted) W. Cole and his wife, Lady Carmel; two grandsons: George Edward and Vincent Charles Cole and one granddaughter, Josephine Marie Cole, all of Warren, Pennsylvania; one brother, William Brand of North Huntington, Pennsylvania; one sister, Catherine Allio of Lucinda, Pennsylvania; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Herbert L. and Esther Mary Lander Brand, she was welcomed into heaven by her 46-year-old husband, L. Edward Cole, whom she married on January 30, 1965 in Lucinda, Pa., And passed away. July 19, 2011; two brothers: Jean “Jack” Brand and Herbert Brand Jr.; and one sister, Rose Marie Lennex.

Friends can call at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 600 Pennsylvania Ave., West, Warren, Pa on Friday, October 1, 2021, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., when a traditional Latin Requiem Mass will be conducted at 10 a.m. with Father James P. Powers, pastor of St. Mary / St. Ann Roman Catholic Parish, Crown, Pa., Officiant. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Warren, Pennsylvania. Those who wish to place memorials, the family have requested that masses be offered for the repose of the soul of Marilyn Brand Cole.

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The Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home Inc. was responsible for the funeral arrangements.

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