Date of Death: November 19, 2018

Service Details

A celebration of Berneda’s life will be held 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27th at the Riverside Church, 207 E. Michigan Ave Three Rivers, MI 49093 with Pastor Jamey Smith officiating.


Obituary Notice


Berneda Onnaleah Cole, age 74, 0f Three Rivers, passed away suddenly on Monday, Nov. 19th, 2018 at the Borgess Medical Center.  She was born on Feb. 15, 1944 in Kalamazoo, MI., the daughter of the late Paul and Fannie (Lewis) Pirtle.

Berneda and her family have peace in their hearts knowing that Berneda lived her life with compassion, courage, faith, and a great love for animals, people, and her friends at Dairy Queen.  She was an avid member of Riverside Church and truly loved all those she came into contact with.

Mrs. Cole was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Craig Donald Cole, and one daughter, Cynthia Cole.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, two sons, Timothy Paul (Christine) Cole, of Elkhart, IN., and Craig Donald (Tracey) Cole II, of Three Rivers; seven grandchildren, Sarah Ernsberger and Mason Cole, Colin Cole, Alicia Burrows, Jonathan Recod, Siriana and Rylea Summey; three great-grandchildren, Jasper, Oliver and Asher, as well as numerous friends.

Additional Information

Memorial donations may be made to Animal Rescue Fund (A.R.F.) or the Three Rivers Health Hospice.  Envelopes available at the Hohner Funeral Home and church in care of her arrangements. 

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  1. Was so very sorry to hear of Onnaleah’s passing just recently. I always enjoyed chatting with her wherever we would happen to meet. Please know you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. I loved this Lady so much. She was always there for everyone. When she was around you you always felt a comfort. I’m so sorry that I did not know so I could pay my respects to her and the family. I’m at a loss for words right now. You were so Wonderful. God Bless and Rest in heaven. I will be Praying for her family.

  3. I was good friends with Onnaleah all through school in Comstock. She had a beautiful singing voice from an early age and we often sang duets at school programs and at church. My condolences to the family but know that she is happy to be reunited with Craig—she missed him very much. Celebrate the good life, wonderful family and friends she made.

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