Dorothy Cole

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Gloversville – Dorothy Cole, 98, passed away peacefully on May 1st at the home of her daughter Liz where she had resided since December. She was born on October 28, 1923 in Chicago IL. Dorothy obtained her RN from Presbyterian Hospital Nursing School. After marrying John Cole in Ann Arbor Michigan in 1947 they moved back to Johnstown so that John could work at the family business, Cole’s Furniture. Dorothy worked at the old Johnstown Hospital and eventually gave up nursing to work at the store. Over the following 12 years they adopted five children and built a lovely home.
Dorothy became a widow in 1990 and took over Cole’s Furniture until she retired at 75 years old. Dorothy was a voracious reader and loved Johnstown Library. Her hobbies were numerous and included garment sewing, gardening and cooking. She belonged to a coffee group of eight women known as the WOW Girls (Wise Old Women). She volunteered at NOAH, Meals on Wheels, Wells House, Johnstown Library and many other groups which she was devoted. She was a member of the Students Club, Kingsboro Garden Club and several others. Dorothy traveled extensively. She took several road trips with friends visiting national parks out west, traveled by train across the Canadian Rockies to Niagara Falls, as well as several trips to Europe. Her last trip was a river cruise in Turkey at the age of 89.
She is predeceased by her parents Maurice and Madeline Dalton, husband John, son Rodger Cole, two sisters and a brother. She is survived by her children Elizabeth Argotsinger (Richard), Margaret Cooper, Steven Cole (Josephine) and Sarah Cole. She has 13 grandchildren as well as many great and great-great grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the staff at Willing Helpers Home for their wonderful care for almost 7 years, Mountain Valley Hospice nurse Katie and also her wonderful caregiver who became like family. Dorothy donated her body to the Anatomical Gift Program through Albany Medical College. There will be no calling hours. Memorial contribution in memory of Dorothy may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice or Johnstown Library.

By LH Staff

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