Eloise Cole, nee Eifert, died March 7, 2019 in Pennsylvania. She was born in New Paltz, NY, on June 12, 1925, the eldest child of Charles Henry Eifert and Ella Clark Eifert. She was raised on a farm off of Ohioville Road, and never lived more than 3 miles from that home until she moved to Pennsylvania in 2004. Eloise went to business school in Poughkeepsie, and then found employment at SUNY New Paltz, first working for “Miss Reed” and eventually as a senior stenographer ending up in the Admissions office under Dr. Egdorf. She retired from SUNY New Paltz in 1980.
She married Bernard J. Cole in 1946 after he returned to the area after serving in the U. S. Army during World War II. She first met “Bud” when he was working for the New Haven Railroad out of Clintondale, and was a boarder at her parent’s home. They resided on Millrock Road for many years. Eloise is predeceased by her parents, her brother, Charles E. Eifert and her husband. Survivors include her son, the Rev. Charles C. Cole and wife, Lucinda, currently serving the Downingtown United Methodist Church in Pennsylvania; her daughter, Dr. Judith A. Cole, a professor in the Biological Sciences Dept. at the University of Memphis in Tennessee; her granddaughter, Alyssa Cole Mages; and two great grandchildren, Claire Jayne and Braden Joseph Mages.
Services will be private and interment will be at the Lloyd Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the New Paltz United Methodist Church, 1 Grove Street, New Paltz, NY 12561.
Copeland Funeral Home is honored to assist the family with the arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family of Eloise by visiting www.copelandfhnp.com