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Linda A. Cole

January 28, 1948 — April 22, 2021

Linda A. Cole, 73, of School St., Smyrna, NY, passed away Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse. She was born on January 28, 1948 in Norwich, a daughter of Richard and Delores Barber Swartout and was a graduate of the Oxford Academy. On October 14, 1978, Linda married Gordon L. Cole in Smyrna. He predeceased her on October 14, 2001. Linda had worked for the NYS Department of Corrections at Georgetown, Mid State and Oneida until retiring. After retirement she had several part time gigs. She became a Curves Instructor & the sample Queen at Price Chopper in Hamilton, and then she helped manage Red Pines Golf Course. Linda could light up any room that she walked into with her smile and personality. She loved spending time with her family and her friends. She was an amazing cook and would also bake from time to time. Sunday dinners were her favorite! Everyone was always welcome and she always found room around her table for you. These Sunday dinners were always followed by watching the NASCAR Race or a football game. She also loved to host gatherings around the same table to play cards and enjoy a nice cold cocktail of your choice. Linda always had a way of making you feel right at home every time you walked in. She loved fiercely with all her heart and was full of joy and laughter. She spent many years camping with her family at Bowman Lake and other Campgrounds. In 2001 she parked her camper at Lebanon Reservoir and that became her family's home away from home.
Surviving are her son, David McCarthy of Smyrna; her grandchildren, Madyson McCarthy and Jalyn McCarthy; Tabatha and Ryan Brembs of St. Petersburg, FL; Trevor McCarthy of Norwich and Logan McCarthy of Binghamton; her extended family, Kathy and Danny Black of Norwich; Kelly and Bruce Wooley of Pittsfield, MA; Karen and Bob Crown of Binghamton; Bethany and Eugene Nichols of Pharsalia; Lisa Whorrall of Sherburne; Lori Cole of New Hartford; Alyson and Brent Seymour of North Norwich; and their children Jennifer, Corey, Katelyn, Kelsey, Cory, Haley, Dylan, Delaney, Megan and Mackenzie: daughter-in-law Julia Andrews and her children; Dylan and Logan; brothers, Richard and Pam Swartout of Sacramento, CA and Randy Swartout of Sherburne; a sister-in-law, Cindy Retallack of CA; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Daniel McCarthy; a brother, Donald Swartout and her sisters-in-law Mae Kenyon and Sandy Swartout.
Graveside services will be held May 7th at 1 pm in the Willcox Cemetery, Smyrna. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Smyrna Fire Department or the Smyrna Emergency Squad.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne, NY. To send a condolence and sign the Book of Memories online go to
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