BRUNSWICK — Eileen P. Cole, 85, of Brunswick and East Boothbay, died Monday at her home, surrounded by family.
She was born June 10, 1927, to George and Alice Pappas, in Bristol, Conn. Her family owned the Byway snack bar in Boothbay Harbor, where Cole and her siblings worked for many years.
Cole lived and worked in many places throughout her life. During World War II, she helped the war effort by working for the New Departures Division of General Motors. She later lived in Boston, and worked as a bookkeeper for the Greyhound Bus Co. before moving to Cape Cod, where she helped run an antique store. She returned to Boothbay Harbor and worked as a bookkeeper for the Wiscasset Fuel Co. until she met her her husband, Robert J. Cole, whom she married May 10, 1975.
She enjoyed many travels and adventures with her husband, and had the opportunity to reunited with her uncle Panos and her extended family in Greece.
Cole is remembered as quick-witted and open-minded, making friends easily around the world. She volunteered for three years as president of the Regional Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and supported the Coastal Humane Society, among other organizations. Later in life, Cole enjoyed spending time with friends and doting on her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Cole; her three children Eileen Russo and her husband Mose of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Tom Cole and his wife Gina of Topsham, and Chris Cole and her spouse Cathy Fornisano of Windham; seven grandchildren, Mose, Edward, Alisha, Mario, Emily, Hannah and Thomas; and many nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her parents and siblings.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Thursday, at St. Charles Borromeo Church-All Saints Parish, 132 McKeen St., Brunswick. A reception will follow in the parish hall, and a celebration of life will be held at the family cottage in East Boothbay this summer.
Donations in Cole’s memory may be made to the Lincoln County Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 7, Edgecomb, ME 04556.