Brenda M. Cole
CENTER RUTLAND - Brenda Marie Cole, 90, of Center Rutland, VT, died Friday, July 10, 2017, at Mountain View Rehabilitation, following a brief illness. Born Birdie May Wheeler on March 7, 1926, she was the daughter of Birdie Sylvia (Manning) and John Henry Wheeler. "Birdie May" as she was once known, married into an Italian family at the early age of 16. She quickly adapted her life, to that point as a farm girl, to learning Italian, along with the cooking and traditions an Italian life entailed. She gave birth to three children: her son and firstborn, Joseph P. Ferrari, with family, currently residing in San Jose, CA; Anne-Marie Dickinson, of Center Rutland, VT; and Anita J. Ferrari with family, of Old Saybrook, CT. She is survived by these and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She worked a long and varied career beginning as a seamstress in the '40s at Kazon's Dress Co. and Dick's Dress Shop. In the 1960s, she began a retail management at Holsum Bakery. In later years, she worked alongside of her then-husband, Lawrence "Larry" Cole, as a detective and security agent who once guarded Fred Astaire during his stay in Woodstock, VT, while filming "Ghost Story." In later years, she once again worked retail until her 70s. Brenda had many interests and talents she cultivated through a very full and vibrant life. She had said many times her best accomplishments were the birth of her children and hiking to the very top of Deer's Leap with her grandson when she was well into her 80s. She was adored and loved by her family and will be greatly missed. Sending our love to you, "Birdie May," wherever your spirit leads you. Funeral services will be held in the spring with burial to follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Pittsford. Arrangements are under the direction of Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland.
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