Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Isabelle Geneva (McKean) Cole

Isabelle Geneva Cole, age 91, formerly of Swisher Road, Crestline, died Saturday, July 8, 2006 at Fairview Manor in Bucyrus.

She was born February 10, 1915 in Galion, Ohio the daughter of the late John and Hazel E. (Morrow) McKean. She was graduated from Galion High School in 1933 and from Bowling Green State University in 1937 with a degree in elementary education. She began her teaching career in the Upper Sandusky School System. On November 16, 1941, she married Daniel Cole. Isabelle took time off to raise her family and resumed her teaching career in the late 1950’s in the Galion and Crestline Schools. She retired in 1977 from Leesville Elementary School, a part of the Colonial Crawford School System.

Isabelle was an active member of the Tiro United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Questors Class, Choir, Hope Circle, Ladies Aide Society, and was the Children’s Choir director, and served on a variety of committees. She had been a member and church organist at the former Biddle EUB Church. She was also a member of the Leesville Grange, Crib to College Mothers Club, Crestline Eastern Star-Harmony Chapter, and Crawford County Retired Teachers Association.

Mrs. Cole is survived by her children and spouses, James and Shirley Cole of Crestline, Priscilla and Thomas Laughbaum of Crestline; 6 grandchildren and spouses, Craig and Jamie Laughbaum, Christina and Daniel Novak, Heather and Mark Burge, Holly and Tom Platfoot, Melissa and Jeremy Bloomfield, and Carlton Laughbaum; 5 great grandchildren, Mason Burge and Haley Laughbaum, Kylee Bloomfield, Hunter Bloomfield and Janel Platfoot. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Daniel Lewis Cole in 1996.

Friends may call on Tuesday, July 11, 2006 from 1:30-3:30 PM and 6-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Funeral services will be on Wednesday at 11:00 AM at the Tiro United Methodist Church with Pastor Paula Archdeacon officiating. Burial will be in Biddle Cemetery, Crestline. Memorial expressions may be made to the church.

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