Estelle Mathilda Cola was born October 13th 1924 in Munich North Dakota, the daughter of Henry and Thekla Schommer. The family moved to Jordan Minnesota, and Estelle, the second oldest of 9 children, attended St. John's Catholic School and graduated from Jordan High School in 1942. She moved to St. Paul and briefly worked in a munitions manufacturing plant during World War 2. She met Umberto Joseph Cola in St. Paul in October 1943, and they were married in December 1943. They briefly lived in Hobart Oklahoma and then lived in Northeast Minneapolis before moving to their brand new house in Bloomington in 1956.
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To the Colas were born 6 children...Barbara in 1945, James in 1951, Mary in 1954, Robert in 1959, John in 1962 and Gary in 1965. Estelle was a busy home maker for 5 decades, raising the kids and sending them to Nativity of Mary Catholic School. The home in Bloomington was a beehive of activity. While raising 6 kids, Stelle had hobbies like crossword puzzles, cryptoquips, jigsaw puzzles, watching the Twins, monthly sewing get togethers with the neighbor ladies where she did embroidery, and learning to swim at the age of 42. She was an avid reader of books and The Star Tribune and listener to talk radio. Stelle volunteered with Nativity's annual Frontier Days and loved going to bingo with her friend Ruth Lloyd. All of the boys in the family were at one time carriers of the Star Tribune. Stelle would take in ironing, and for about 10 years worked at Winchell's Donuts where she loved meeting people. She also loved to sing, and would often be heard uttering phrases in German, which was the only language she spoke until starting school in North Dakota. She and Bert enjoyed visiting their children in places like Guam, Washington DC, ,Texas, Oregon,Montana, Wyoming, and her brother in Colorado. Later in life Stelle enjoyed going to casinos with her sister Beth.
Stelle was also a worrier and had her share of tragedies. She and Bert witnessed wing walker Kitty Middleton die in a plane crash at The Minnesota State Fair in 1951. She had a child born premature and with a life threatening eye malady. Another child suffered from asthma, and son James passed away from cancer in 2004. Bert died in 1999.
Estelle is survived by her children Barbara Grider, Mary (and David) Little, Robert (and Sue) Cola, John (and Sharon) Cola and Gary Cola, 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren, as well as sisters Andrine, Andriette, Beth, Lois,and Fran, and brother Mark. She was preceded in death by her brother Edwin and sister Rosella as well as her husband Bert and son James.
Mom lived a long and full life and we will always love her and are happy she is reunited in heaven with her loved ones.