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Dorcas I. Martens Cole

Published: Saturday, June 28, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
Dorcas I. Martens Cole

ERIE – Dorcas Irene Martens Cole, 85, of Erie, died Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at Good Samaritan, Prophets Riverview in Prophetstown. She was employed by General Electric Co. in Morrison, from 1968 to 1988.

Dorcas was born Aug. 4, 1928, the daughter of John and Helen (VanZuiden) Prins. She married Albert Martens on March 26, 1947. He preceded her in death in 1986. She married Lyle Cole on Nov. 18, 1988. He preceded her in death in 2005. She was a member of Hillsdale United Methodist Church.

Survivors include three children, Jerry (Carla) Martens of Erie, Helen (Ronald) Null of Morrison, and Richard (Janice) Martens of Erie; brothers, Elmer Prins and Irvin (Barb) Prins, both of Morrison; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by her parents; a son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Bev Martens; and brothers, Kenneth and Arnold Prins.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. today and the funeral at 11 a.m. today at Hillsdale United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Erie Cemetery.

A memorial has been established to Hillsdale United Methodist Church.

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