Betty Jeanette (Vogel) Cole, 82, of Edinboro, passed away peacefully at home on February 21, 2019 following a brief illness. She was born on June 18, 1936, daughter of Milton and Ethel (Williams) Vogel. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Gary Victor Cole, brother Carl Vogel, sister Leola (Vogel) Gnasinski, her son Kenneth R. Cole, and her granddaughter Rochelle Brooks.
After growing up in Wattsburg, she and her husband made a home for themselves in Edinboro and raised their six children in the same house they built. Betty loved life and nothing would slow her down. She was always active in her vegetable and flower gardens, exercising, cooking for family, and crocheting. Betty was an active Jehovah’s Witness for 55 years, and not only did she love planting flowers, she loved planting seeds of Bible truths in the hearts of everyone she met. What gave her the most joy was witnessing to others about Jehovah God. She was a spiritual teacher, a strong shoulder to cry on, a forever friend to all she met. What a lady she was, showing incredible strength and fortitude, fully accomplishing her ministry until she fell asleep in death. Her fine example, and record of faith will never be forgotten. So it is not goodbye to her, but rather, we will see you again in paradise where all will be made young again, and the former things will have passed away (Rev. 21:3 & 4).
Betty is survived by her sister-in-law, Karen (Fred) Brown; and her children: Gary (Sherry) Cole, Cathy (Randy) Brooks-Schirra, Laurie (Thomas) Cracolici, Raymond (Kim) Cole and Cindy (Chuck) Vaughn; seven grandchildren: Keith Brooks, Brittany Brooks, Kyle Brooks, Adam Cole, Rachel (Cracolici) Valentine, Emily (Cracolici) Wettich, Jace Cracolici, and three step-grandchildren, Ashley, Randall and Bella; six great-grandchildren, Brycen, Emmalyn, Charlotte, Addison, Liam, Owen; and many nieces and nephews.
There are no visiting hours or memorial, but the family will have a private celebration of her life, and they wish to thank everyone for their love, prayers, and caring concern during this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Edinboro Fire Department.