Jerome I. Mends-Cole died Friday December 18th at the Bear Mountain Health Care Facility in Reading. He was the husband of Grace W. (Gitei) Mends-Cole with whom he shared 19 years of marriage.
Born in Liberia he was the son of the late Rev. Dr. Joseph J. and Mariah Agnes (Capehart) Mends-Cole. Jerome was educated in Liberia; he moved to the United States and received a Bachelor’s Degree from Central State University in Wilberforce, OH. He was employed as a mechanical engineer at the General Electric for several years; he was also employed as Director of GSA, and Assistant of Public Works in Liberia. He moved to Lynn in 1993 and has resided in Lynn ever since. Jerome was a member of Solomon Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed playing piano and singing.
In addition to his wife he is survived by four sons Jerome J. Mends-Cole, Armel Mends-Cole, Jumah J, Mends-Cole, Moustafa Mends-Cole, three daughters Oneka Mends-Cole Sangster, Aquila Tetee Mends-Cole, Maude Amie Mends-Cole, five sisters Alexine Howard, Rose C. Sherman, Sophie Williams Donald, Mai Mends-Cole, Mariah Mends-Cole, two brothers Joseph Jenkins Mends-Cole, Urias Mends-Cole, a brother and sister-in-law Ian and his wife Nellie W. Smith of Randolph, MA, 17 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren. He was also father of the late Cornel Mends-Cole
Service Details: Private visiting hours will be held at the Parker Funeral Home 35 Franklin St. Lynn on Sunday followed by private services. Please make memorial donations in Jerome’s St. Joseph Indian School PO Box 326 Chamberlain, SD 57326
St. Joseph Indian School
PO Box 326, Chamberlain SD 57326