Doris Cole, 85, of Decorah, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at the Barthell O.E.S Home in Decorah. Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 22, at Decorah Lutheran Church, with Rev. Phillip Gibbs officiating. Organist was Mary Beth Bouska. Cantor was Cindy Schissel. Hymns were “Here I am, Lord,” “Precious Lord Take My Hand,” “Ave Maria” and “Sing a New Song Unto the Lord.” Lector was Jami Kester. Offertory gift bearers were Shaina Boller and Josh Woodhouse. Eucharistic minister was Janaan Malanaphy. Casket bearers were Doris’ grandchildren. Interment was at St. Benedict Catholic Cemetery, Decorah. Arrangements were handled by Schluter – Balik Funeral Home, Decorah.

Doris Elaine (Cashman) Cole was born Jan. 6, 1933, the daughter of Leo and Alice (McAreavy) Cashman in Ryan. She graduated from Mt. Mercy Junior College in Cedar Rapids and Mercy School of Nursing in Dubuque. She received a Bachelor of Science from Loras College in Dubuque and did additional course work at the University of Minnesota. Doris married Darrel W. Kester Nov. 12, 1955. Together they had four children: Stephen, Daniel, David and Darlene. Darrell died Dec. 31, 1978. Doris married Harry (Shafe) Cole at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Decorah Oct. 29, 1983. Harry died May 18, 2009. Doris worked as a nurse educator at St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Dubuque and 25 years at Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar. She was a member of St. Benedicts Parish for 50 years. Doris was a past member and president of the Parish Council, past president and vice president of the Rosary Society, vice president of the Catholic Daughters of America and member of the Dubuque Archdiocesan Parish Council. Very dear to Doris was the Parish Nursing Program. This program came to be when Doris, with Father Gary Kapfl’s support, sought funds from the Archdiocese to start a Parish Nurse program in 1995 and continued to be the volunteer parish nurse for 10 years. She also volunteered as nurse and coach at St. Benedict School when her children were students. Her passions were her Catholic faith and caring for her family, nursing and caring for people. Doris enjoyed any activity her children and grandchildren were in. She also enjoyed spending time with her friends, playing cards, walking her dogs and doing crossword puzzles. Doris was proud of her Irish heritage, including her pilgrimages to Ireland.

Doris is survived by her children: Stephen (Ann) Kester, Grafton, Wis.; Daniel (Jami) Kester, Grain Valley, Mo.; David Kester, Decorah; and Darlene (Paul) Woodhouse, Decorah; grandchildren: Aaron and Katherine Kester, Shaina Boller and Ryan Kester, Leo and Ming Kester, Alicia (Alex) DeFrance and Josh Woodhouse; great-grandsons, Truman and Grant Boller; brother, Don Cashman, Masonville; daughter-in-law, Pam Kester.

Doris was preceded in death by her husbands, Darrell Kester and Harry Cole; parents, Leo and Alice (McAreavy) Cashman; siblings, Joe Cashman and brother and sister in infancy.