Irene Helen Cole, 83, passed away Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, at Sheridan Manor.
Irene was born Nov. 21, 1935, in Sheridan, Wyoming, to Frank and Helen (Bocek) Rucki. She grew up and attended school in Sheridan and then attended business school in Rapid City, South Dakota and was transferred to Ellsworth Air Force Base where she was an IBM operator. She was transferred to F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyoming, before returning to Sheridan. Throughout her life, Irene fought challenges with fierce determination and will be remembered for her witty sense of humor, kind heart, and strong will.
On Oct. 10, 1969, Irene married Ralph Cole in Sheridan, Wyoming. Together, they had three children: Dean, Brad, and Carol. She considered her children her greatest accomplishment and was proud of everything they did. Irene enjoyed gardening, loved her rose bushes, loved going for drives around the country, and loved embroidering in her younger years. She loved arguing with her sister Jeanie. Irene loved people and thoroughly enjoyed delivering the Sheridan Press newspaper to businesses on Main Street. She appreciated everyone who stopped by just to visit. She was lifelong member of Holy Name Catholic Church.
Irene was preceded in death by her parents, Helen and Frank Rucki, her sister Mary Pinder (late Ed) and her brother Robert.
Survivors include her husband Ralph, children: Dean (Deana) Cole, Brad (Faith) Cole, and Carol Cole. Her brothers Tony (Shirley) Rucki, Oscar (Camille) Rucki, and sister Jeanie (late Kenny) Bettcher. Numerous nieces and nephews and the apple of her eye, her two beloved grandchildren, Deblin and Witten.
A Visitation will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, at Kane Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, at Kane Funeral Home with a reception to follow in the Kane Reception Hall.
Online condolences may be written at www.kanefuneral.com.
Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with local arrangements.
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