BANGOR - Karen G. Cole, 56, died March 30, 2012, at home, after a prolonged and courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis. She was born March 30, 1956, in Bangor, the daughter of Juanita Leland Ryan and Richard Ryan. Karen leaves behind her loving daughters, Caroline and Faith; and devoted husband of 30 years, Stephen. She is also survived by her mother, Juanita Ryan; brother, Tim Ryan; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Cindy and Ralph Spearing, Linda and Bob Averill, Barbara and Richard Modrey, and Melanie and Dennis Steward; along with her husband Stephen's family; many nieces and nephews. Karen will also be missed by her best friends, Jacci Williams, Christine Gellerson, Gloria Meucci and Dawn Knight, with whom she shared many cherished memories. Though Karen's struggle with her disease was long and difficult, she still found ways to bring joy to her family and friends every day and she will be missed deeply and forever by all. Karen greatly enjoyed her work and fellow employees at the University of Maine. She also took a lot of pleasure in the outdoors gardening, boating, camping, hiking and fishing. If you too enjoy any of these activities please think of Karen this summer, her favorite time of year. Relatives and friends are welcome to call 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 2, at Forest Avenue Congregational Church, 300 Forest Ave., Bangor, where funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 3. The family invites relatives and friends to share memories, conversation and refreshments at the church after the service. Donations in Karen's memory may be made to Forest Avenue Congregational Church.
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Published in BDN Maine on March 31, 2012