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Watkins Glen, NY 14891
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Kathleen "Kathy" Cole

Thursday, March 28th, 1957 - Thursday, March 21st, 2019
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Kathleen (Kathy) Cole

Age 61 of Hector, NY, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by the love of her family and closest friends. She is survived by her loving husband, Chris Cole, two daughters, Jenna Wilkens (John Wilkens) and Jillian Cole, her brother David Moser (Dawn Moser) and her grandchildren Thea and Maryn Wilkens.

Kathy spent her life creating, nurturing and spreading beauty. During the spring and summer, you could usually find her in her garden cultivating an abundance of beautiful flowers and fresh fruits and vegetables. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed finding new recipes to surprise her family.

Her touch is far reaching through her devotion to philanthropy. Kathy worked in fundraising and institutional advancement most of her life and spent the past 17 years as owner and president of West Wind Consulting. Through this work, she impacted countless individuals and organizations and developed many long-lasting friendships. Her approach was truly unique and will have a lasting impact on the philanthropic community.
More than anything, Kathy loved spending time with her family. Her husband, daughters and granddaughters were the greatest joys of her life. To say she will be deeply missed is an understatement but she will continue to be an inspiration to the many lives that she has touched.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes (, Schuyler County Humane Society ( or the Food Bank of the Southern Tier ( Kathy worked closely with these organizations and felt passionately about their cause.

A Celebration of Life will be held at The Red Barn, 4101 Ball Diamond Rd., July 20th at 4:00pm to gather to share our favorite stories and memories of Kathy and enjoy food, drinks and music in her home.

You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at Funeral arrangements entrusted to Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
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    Saturday, July 20th, 2019 | 4:00pm
    Saturday, July 20th, 2019 4:00pm
    The Red Barn
    4101 Ball Diamond Road
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    The Red Barn
    4101 Ball Diamond Road
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Lynda Proper

Posted at 08:04pm
I'm sorry I'm so late but I just found out about Kathy's passing. I remember when Kathy was part of our Hector softball team many years ago. She was absolutely charming. She seemed to be there just for a pleasant time, and with Kathy around, it was certainly a good natured, pleasant time. Over the years we didn't visit much but it was always nice to go past her and Chris' house and see all the lovely things they were doing with their home. It was nice to know Kathy was there. My heart goes out to you, Chris, and to your children.

Lynda Proper, Hector, NY

Eleanor Cicerchi

Posted at 10:52am
Jillian, Jenna, and Chris -- Just a short time ago we were all sending messages and photos to Kathy for her 60th birthday celebration. Now she is gone. My deepest sympathy to all of you. I worked with Kathy as a board member at Planned Parenthood, and she was the consultant to a capital campaign I directed at The Food Bank of the Southern Tier. She was not only a sounding board and resource when we needed inspiration for our fundraising, but a dear friend who helped me through some difficult times, especially my husband's final illness. I will treasure memories of our working together, and I will miss her deeply.

Julie Albertson

Posted at 10:30am
My heart goes out to Kathy's family - she will be missed. Kathy was a respected colleague who always had a ready smile, a kind word, and good ideas. My sincere condolences.

Jean Emery

Posted at 12:25pm
Please know that I send my deepest sympathy to Kathy's family. She and I worked together when she was at Cornell's Annual Fund and also at Plantations. I was in the university's Metro NY Regional Office and she, in Ithaca, but we were close friends. I so admired her for her professionalism and her concern for everyone - staff, alumni and friends of Cornell.

Jean Emery

Alice Moore

Posted at 10:02am
Kathy was such a fine human being...caring, steady, wise. She was a special mentor. I am so very sorry she has left us but I know you have cherished memories to keep her close.

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