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Obituary: Elsie Elaine Cole, 77, Bolivar


BOLIVAR - Elsie Elaine Cole (but don’t call her Elsie), 77, of 98 Wellsville Street left this world on Saturday February 15, 2020 at home surrounded by loved ones.
Born on December 17, 1942 in Olean, she was the daughter of Theodore and Gladys Jordan. Mom married the love of her life, Rodney Cole on February 25, 1961 in Bolivar, Rod preceded her in death on December 7, 2016.
Her life was full of joy and much laughter, (either with her or at her expense but it was always with love)
She wore many hats, the most amazing wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend. She was a Girl Scout leader, nurse’s aide (always taking care of others), waitress, worked at the Bolivar Country Club and she was the best seamstress. Mom could sew anything – from curtains, to prom dresses, from pillow cases to wedding dresses and her reputation preceded her. Girls would come from near and far to have her alter their prom or wedding dress.
Bolivar Central School had many team building events and Mom loved helping her kids. There is an annual Scavenger hunt for the high school. The kids often stopped at her house during the scavenger hunt because they knew Mrs. Cole had “everything” they needed on the list. She sewed her middle son a big yellow duck costume to wear to a costume party, and he had to stand up on the ride to school. He was the cutest duck around! And he won first prize!!!Her daughter’s class was making a Disney themed float for one of the parades and they could go to Mrs., Cole’s house for her to help make Mickeys head out of paper Mache. Now her youngest son was a little wilder than the other two. His story to tell is of a time when our father was working for the Police Dept. and he was going to paint the tank (that’s what we did for fun back then) Well, he went to mom for the paint, paintbrushes and even the tall ladder. When dad came home, he asked what happened to the ladder. Mom told him she lent it to someone well… she didn’t lie. She lent it to the class of 89 to paint the tank. Mom always told you the truth even if it wasn’t what you wanted to hear! Surviving are three children, Jodi (Dave) Lockwood Cazenovia N.Y. Jamie (Pam) Cole Bolivar, Jason Cole Bolivar. Ten Grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren (and many of their friends who also called her grandma). A brother Jack (Sandy) Jordan and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother and several nieces and nephews. A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday February 22, 2020 at the Bolivar Fire Hall at 2 p.m. Memorials to Bolivar Free Library 390 Main St. Bolivar N.Y. 14715. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Schaffner Funeral Home Inc. in Bolivar.

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