Emilie Jeanne Kinum Cole
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Emilie Jeanne Kinum Cole
Emilie was born March 17, 1933, in Schenectady, New York.
Her husband, John, preceded her in death Feb. 18, 2006.
Mrs. Cole was the only child of Olive Relyea Kinum and Emil N. Kinum.
Mrs. Cole spent her childhood in Schenectady and Guilderland Center, New York, graduating from Voorheesville High School in Voorheesville, New York. She attended Central College in Pella, Iowa, and New York State Teachers' College in Albany, New York.
Emilie and John were married April 9, 1955, at Helderburg Reformed Church in Guilderland Center.
After her marriage, Emilie and her family lived in Loudonville, New York; Guilderland, New York; Tewksbury, Massachusetts; Lynnfield Center, Massachusetts; Northfield, Connecticut; Wyckoff, New Jersey; Avon, Connecticut; Wells, Maine; and Keene, New Jersey. She and her husband retired to New Wilmington in 2003.
Together with her husband, she owned and operated a seasonal motel/cottage complex for 19 years on the coast of Maine.
She felt privileged to be able to choose the rewarding career of wife and mom, enjoying the role of homemaker and homekeeper for her family during their several moves around the northeast.
Surviving are her two sons, John M. Cole Jr., of Brattleboro, Vermont, and Todd S. Cole of New Wilmington; two grandchildren, Katherine Cole and John Cole, III; and a great-grandson, Kaden Cole, all residing in Vermont.
She considered her children, her husband and family a blessing and a trust from God, and their happiness and well-being were her priority. Emilie was extremely proud of her children's accomplishments and grateful for the deep compassion, concern and devotion that they showed to their parents and to others.
The manner in which they lived out their Christian faith was a true source of pride to her. Emilie's family was not complete without beloved pets, particularly her latest, TC, who provided her with an unmatched, unconditional love.
Mrs. Cole was active in all the churches, schools and communities in the towns in which she lived. She was a member of New Wilmington Presbyterian Church. It is at this church that she met her best of friends. She cherished them, along with her best of neighbors.
An avid reader, Emilie was a member of a book club that met once a month. Most recently, Emilie served as co-chair for the meals ministry of her church for 12 years. Cooking meals for her family and others was a joy for her.
Everything written above this statement was written by Emilie, for it was her wish to assist her sons during what she knew would be a difficult time for them by writing her own obituary. To all who read this, it is the wish of her children for you to know of her giving, selfless spirit ... always putting others needs before her own. Even as time drew close to her day of glory, Emilie prayed for all of those she loved and for all whom no one loved; never praying for her own comfort. Her dedication to prayer was admired and a blessing. What an example she has given for her sons and all those who loved her to follow in the years to come.
In lieu of flowers, Emilie has requested memorial contributions be given to Family Hospice of New Castle.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at New Wilmington Presbyterian Church.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Smith Funeral Home, 310 W. Neshannock Ave., New Wilmington, Pa. 16142.
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