Mark Allen Cole

Born: Fri., Jun. 11, 1954
Died: Sat., Mar. 17, 2012


2:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sat., Mar. 24, 2012
Location: Freck Funeral Chapel

Funeral Service

7:00 PM Sat., Mar. 24, 2012
Location: Freck Funeral Chapel

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Mark A. Cole, age 57, passed away on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at his home in Genoa, OH. He was born June 11, 1954 in Toledo, OH to Daniel and Doris (Eckhart) Cole.

Mark Received a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Toledo graduating Phi Kapa Phi. Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts graduating Phi Eta Sigma from the University of Bowling Green. Mark belonged to the Outstanding College Students of America and Artist With Disabilities Group in Columbus, OH. He was employed by Ability Center of Greater Toledo, Sylvania, OH. He loved every minute of his work there. Mark was also a Blue’s C.D. Reviewer for so many different magazines and artists. His family, friends, blues music and art was his whole life. Thank you to all the doctors, nurses, friends and family for their support through the years.

Mark is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Marlene (Callahan) Cole; daughters Billie Jo Leichty (Ronald Robinson) and Andrea (Karl) Billings; brothers Gary, Randy and James (Laura) Cole, sisters Doris Cole and Debbie Coleman; grandkids Jr., Luke, Breanna, Kayla and Madison. Also an extended family of artists, friends and Blues Lovers , we have met through the years and have meant so much to us. He is preceded in death by his parents Dan & Doris Cole; and brothers Daniel & Michael MJ. The family would like to thank Northwest Ohio Hospice for their support and loving care.

Friends may visit the family from 2-7p.m. on Saturday, March 24th at Freck Funeral Chapel (1155 S. Wynn Rd Oregon, Ohio) where a Memorial Service will follow at 7p.m. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to make memorial donations are asked to consider the family.

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Shelly Czupryna
   Posted Wed March 21, 2012
Molly and Kids - So sorry for your Loss. You guys were such a big part of MJ and my life. We had many fond memories of Ohio and Florida with time spent. I have many a collection of CD''''''''s from Mark and Magazines he had sent us over the years. A Truly remarkable man. I know he will be greatly missed by so many. May he and MJ rest in Peace! Love Shelly

Dan Wilkins
   Posted Thu March 22, 2012
I had not visited in some time and that will forever be my loss, but what I will remember most about Mark, first, as a fellow Quad, was Mark's ability to get around and take on BIG art projects. I wish I had his flexibility and drive. What I will remember most as a friend and fellow humanitarian is the way his face and being lit up when he was introducing kids, especially kids and young people with disabilities, to art, to the creative spirit that lives within them and all of us. While at The Ability Center, Mark worked tirelessly to make Toledo a more accessible and welcoming community, and his passion and spirit lives on in the work we continue to do.

I must say here, too, that I sit in awe of Molly's love and dedication these last several years. I've seen so many walk away from similar challenges and much less. When I think of what being a soul mate means in every sense, I will think of her. She was Mark's true Soul Mate and will always be an extraordinary woman in my eyes.

Bless you, Molly. Bless your family and ... Mark ... fly free, my friend. You live in all of us now.

Heather Craig
   Posted Thu March 22, 2012
Dan said it all....

Dawn (Billings) Chapman
   Posted Thu March 22, 2012
Dear Cole Family,
I'm truely sorry about the loss of your loved one, may god guide you through this difficult time in your life. Your family are in my prayers.

God Bless,
Dawn Chapman and Family

Jonathan Bartholomy
   Posted Fri March 23, 2012
I am very sorry to hear this. I became acquainted with Mark through The Ability Center of Greater Toledo's Youth Leadership Program in 1999-2000 when he was assigned to be my mentor. As a music lover and someone who was beginning to realize his power as an advocate for himself and other people with disabilities, I was excited to be connected with him. Even though I lost contact with him over the years, I will always remember him. I would like to think he would be pleased to know that I'm currently in Chicago working to get my Ph.D. in Disability Studies. I hope that I can make a similar impact on people, (as Mark did with me) alerting them about the importance of the disability experience and what we can all teach each other.

My deepest sympathies,

Jonathan Bartholomy

Judy Bastubee
   Posted Sat March 24, 2012
Dear Molly. I''m sorry I didn''t get to know your Husband ,but reading all that he had done with his life I wish I had. Please know that I will be praying for you and your family today. God bless and comfort you and your loved ones. Maybe we can catch up later?


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