JoAnn “Jo” Cole, 81, of Fergus Falls

Published 9:36am Tuesday, July 23, 2013 Updated 11:52am Tuesday, July 23, 2013

JoAnn Cole, died Saturday, July 20, 2013, at the Homestead Pioneer Senior Cottage in Fergus Falls, surrounded by her loving family, under the wonderful care of the cottage staff and Lakeland Hospice.0723.obit.Cole

Jo was born on April 15, 1932, in Fergus Falls, the daughter of Harry O. and Rose (Stende) Brevig. She grew up in Fergus Falls and graduated from Fergus Falls High School in 1950.

On July 16, 1955, she married W. Keith Cole in Fergus Falls. Through the years she worked at the phone company in California, Fergus Falls Clinic, and then at Mauk Jewelers where she continued to work for 22 years, retiring in 1990.

Above all her jobs, the position she held in the highest regard was being a wife, mother and grandmother.

She was a lifelong member of First Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls.

Jo’s philosophy in life was there was always someone worse off than she was. Due to her debilitating illness, her time at home was spent staying connected with family, friends and great neighbors. She enjoyed music, listening to church radio broadcasts, and when she was able, Jo loved to dance. She will always be known as the “Candy Lady” because of the joy she found in handing out chocolate treats to people who helped her.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Keith, who died on May 27, 2012; sisters, Delores (Merwyn) Nelson and Dee (Paul) Gust; brother, Quint Brevig; and nephew. David Gust.

Survivors include her daughters, Kristi (Kendal) Boe of Fergus Falls, and Jodi (Greg) Spoden of Brooklyn Park; three granddaughters who filled her heart with great pride, Kylie Boe, and Katie and Emily Spoden; sisters-in-law, Jan Brevig of Allen Texas, and Kay (Charlie) Burke of Burnsville; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and caregivers.

Memorials are preferred to First Lutheran Church, Lakeland Hospice or Arthritis Foundation.

Visitation: Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., at the funeral home, and one hour prior to the service at the church

Memorial Service: 11 a.m. Saturday, at First Lutheran Church, Fergus Falls

Clergy: Rev. Saul Stensvaag

Burial: First Lutheran North Cemetery, Fergus Falls

Funeral Home: Olson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls



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