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Joann L. Cole

November 1, 2012
The Advertiser-Tribune

Joann L. Cole, 76, of Tiffin, passed away at 12:56 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, at Mercy Tiffin Hospital.

Joann was born Jan. 7, 1936, in Lansing, Mich., to Roger and Velma (Wood) Balmer. She married Virgil E. Cole Oct. 29, 1954, in Lansing, Mich., and he preceded her in death Feb. 24, 2007.

Joann is survived by her four children, Rebecca (Jeffrey) King, Esther (Cole) Chilcutt and Stephen (Maria) Cole, all of Tiffin and David E. (Carol) Cole of Attica; a brother, George R. Balmer of Diamondale, Mich.; a sister, Kay A. Schmidtmann of DeWitt, Mich.; 19 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

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Mrs. Cole

Joann also was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Mary K. Bogner.

Joann was a 1954 graduate of Grand Ledge High School, Michigan. She was a homemaker, a member of Pillar of Faith Church,where she founded the church clothing bank 18 years ago, and a secretary for an insurance company.

A funeral for Joann will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Engle-Shook Funeral Home & Crematory, 135 N. Washington St., Tiffin, OH 44883, (419) 447-1221, with the Rev. John Wildman officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Bloomville.

Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to FACT.

Online condolences may be left for the family at



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