Marilyn Cole


Marilyn Cole, passed peacefully after a long illness early in the morning, of Sept. 26, 2021. She was 82.

Marilyn enjoyed 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 dreams of a doctorate for a job that was far more important, 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 CCD- con-fraternity of Christian doc-trine, 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 kitchen manager. Her incredible skills made her a legend and countless people still remember “Mrs. Cole’s Roll” made from her classic dinner roll recipe. Inspired by Mother Theresa of Calcutta, she helped form St. Joseph’s Soup Kitchen and would serve 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.

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

In addition to her parents, Herbert L. and Esther Mary Lander Brand, she was greeted in heaven by her husband of 46 years, L. Edward Cole, whom she married Jan, 30, 1965, in Lucinda, Pa., and who died July 19, 2011; two brothers: John “Jack” Brand and Herbert Brand Jr.; and one sister, Rose Marie Lennex.

Friends may call at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 600 Pennsylvania Ave., West, Warren, Pa., on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, from 9:30-10:30 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., officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph Roman Catholic Cemetery, Warren, Pa. Those wishing to place memorials, the family has requested Masses to be offered for the repose of the soul of Marilyn Brand Cole.

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The Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home Inc. has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.