Roberta Cole, 69

Roberta Kay "Bobbie" Cole, 69, formerly of Wabash, died at 1:25 pm, Thursday, Jan. 2, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.  She was born July 13, 1944 in Marion, to George and Iva (Nelson) Reed.

Bobbie was a 1962 graduate of Swayzee High School.  She married Jack F. Cole in Van Buren, on April 25, 1964; he died May 14, 1995.  Bobbie worked for GenCorp, Wabash County Hospital, the Elks Lodge, and Wal-Mart, all of Wabash.  She also owned, along with her husband, Gilead Trading Post.  She was a member of the Women of the Moose, Wabash and North Manchester, the VFW Auxiliary of Wabash, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Eagles Auxiliary. She was also a member of the Steel Worker General Tire Retirees, Good Sam’s National, Circus City Sam’s, and was a former Circus City Big Top Rider.  She was active in bowling leagues and fast pitch softball leagues. Bobbie was a former volunteer for the Wabash County Hospital, and the Honeywell Center, and was named the volunteer of the year for the Wabash V.F.W.  She was also the chairman of the Wal-Mart Riley Children’s Hospital Campaign for three years.  She loved her grandchildren, and playing Texas Hold-em and Euchre.  

She is survived by two children, Jay D. Cole and Julie (Michael) Canada, both of Akron, two grandchildren, Bryston Michael Canada, and Cheney Elizabeth Canada, Akron, and her sister, Sandra (Robert) McGibbon, Swayzee. Her parents and her husband preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with Pastor Randy Myers officiating. Burial will be in Estates of Serenity, Marion. Friends may call 2-8 p.m. Monday, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is Riley Hospital for Children.

The memorial guest book for Roberta may be signed at

Posted on 2014 Jan 03