AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – Iola R. “Ollie” Cook, 69, passed away peacefully Sunday morning, June 25, 2017, at her home.
Iola was born August 12, 1947, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Sam and Virginia Swoger and was a lifelong area resident.
She was a 1966 graduate of Chaney High School and worked as a crossing guard at Woodside Elementary School and at the Golden Rule Nursery in Austintown. Ollie also cared for children in her home and became so close to Chelsea, Alex and Ian Kotch, that they affectionately considered her their “grandma”.
Ollie was a member of the Austintown Democratic Women’s Club and served as chaplain of American Legion Post No. 301 in Austintown, where she belonged to the Ladies Auxiliary.
Iola leaves her husband of almost 50 years, William M. Cook, whom she married July 29, 1967; her son, Chris (Tammy) Cook of Boardman; her grandchildren, Corey and Christa Cook; her brothers, William (Maria) Griffith of South Dakota, David (Dorothy) Griffith of Painsville, Samuel (Becky) Swoger of Austintown and Harold (Joyce) Swoger of Austintown and many nieces and nephews.
A sister, Vietta Duponty, preceded her in death.
Family and friends may call from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 29, and from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 30, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, where a funeral service will take place at 11:00 a.m.
Interment will follow at Brunstetter Cemetery in Austintown.
Ollie’s family suggests that anyone wishing to make a memorial contribution, do so by donating to the American Cancer Society in her name.
Please visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to send condolences online to Ollie’s family.
A television tribute will air Wednesday, June 28 at the following approximate times:
12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.