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Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Hilda B. Cole, 89

Hilda Bloom Cole of Westport died April 4 at home following complications from two surgeries earlier this year. She was 89.

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Hilda Cole: 20-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

She was a resident of Westport for more than 20 years and an active member of the Westport Center for Senior Activities.

She was a devoted and beloved teacher at P.S. 81 in the Bronx, where she took great pride in her gifted and diverse fourth grade students, retiring in 1991.

In her retirement, she enjoyed gardening, travel, playing bridge, was an avid reader, appreciated opera, musical theater, classic films, public television, and The New York Times crossword puzzle. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren, and recently her great-grandchild.

She was predeceased by her husband Howard Bloom in 1971, husband Robert Cole in 1991, daughter Joanne “Jo” Bloom Wagner in 2005, and sister, Lillian Rossen of Westport in 2015. Survivors include daughter Laurie Bloom and son-in-law Nicholas Bell of Weston, grandchildren Erika Bell of Fairfield, Wesley Bell of Fayston, Vt., Aaron (and wife Stephanie) Bell and great-granddaughter Alexandra of Medford, Mass. She is also survived by her nephew Jeffrey Ohlbaum and his family, of Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., niece Lyn Oswald and nephew Jack (and Anneke) Oswald, of San Francisco, and three stepsons, Peter (and Myra), Roger (and Patty), Jim (and Abby) Cole and seven Cole grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service and celebration of Hilda’s life will take place on Thursday, April 7, at 10:30 a.m. at Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road.

Donations may be made in her memory to the Westport Center for Senior Activities or the Westport Library.

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