Gladys R. Cole, 86

HANNIBAL, NY – Gladys R. Cole, 86, a resident of Hannibal, passed away Tuesday May 15, 2012, at home, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Sterling, she was the daughter of the late Herbert and Elsie (Emery) Flack.

She worked for Nestles for more than 20 years and retired in 1988.

Gladys R. Cole
Gladys R. Cole

Gladys enjoyed bingo, and especially spending Sunday afternoons with her family.

She will be greatly missed.

Surviving are her three daughters, Patricia (Leigh) Shortslef of Sterling, Linda M. Cole of Oswego and Diane Cole of Oswego; two sons, Richard W. (Margot) Cole of Hannibal and David (Kim) Cole of Hannibal; sister-in-law, H. Lucille Flack of Sterling; brother-in-law, Albert Busch of Cicero; 10 grandchildren, Bridget Ziskind, Susan Woodard, Beth Cole, Lori Carr, Sara Contestabile, Alexander Farley, Amanda Cole, Taylor Castaldo, Amanda Humphey and Doug Stevens; 16 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and extended family, Richard and Candy Malone and family.

She was predeceased by her husband, Fred W. Cole in 1989; brothers, Harold “Miley” Flack and Herbert “Juney” Flack; sisters, Arlene McCarthy, Hilda Ristagno, Evelyn Cole, Helen Duffy and Marie Busch; and grandson, Parker Farley, May 2, 2012.

Services will be held 10 a.m. Monday at St. Paul’s Church, Oswego.

Burial will be in Fairdale Cemetery, Hannibal.

Calling hours will be held 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Nelson Funeral Home, 11 W. Albany St., Oswego.

Nelson Funeral Home has care of arrangements.

Contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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  1. i worked with her at nestles
    she was a great person to know
    she will be missed by her family

  2. My deepest sympathy goes out to the Cole family. I can recall the good old days. Gladys was a great women and will be missed. My prays go out to the family.

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