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LaVerne E. “Sonny” Cole, age 83, of Valencia, passed away on Saturday morning, June 29, 2019 at LAS St. John Specialty Care Center in Mars.
Born in Pine Twp., Allegheny County, PA on October 28, 1935, he was the son of the late Sylvester and Marybelle Huggins Cole.
Sonny had been a truck driver for Berry Metals in Harmony. He also worked as a yardman for H. P. Starr in Valencia and then as a truck driver for Vogel Disposal in Mars.
He was a member of Park Presbyterian Church in Zelienople and was a Life Member of Adams Area Fire District.
Active in Masonic Orders, Sonny belonged to John E. Mair Lodge #729 F. & A.M. and the Syria Shrine, where he was active in the clown unit.
Surviving are his wife, Eva Kelley Cole, who he married on July 12, 1958, his daughters, Sue Pickett of Harmony and Denise Shaffer (Ken) of Butler, his grandchildren, Ethan and Carlee Mincer, Doug Pickett, III. and Cody Pickett, and Alex and Sara Shaffer, his great granddaughter, Aubree Mincer and his sister, Bette Horwatt (Thomas) in Ohio.
Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Tuesday from 2-4 & 6-8:30 PM. Services will follow at 8:30 PM at the funeral home. Rev. Rod Smith, officiating. Burial in West Union Cemetery, Pine Twp. Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Attn: Office of Development, 2900 N. Rocky Point Dr. Tampa, FL 33607 or to the Adams Area Fire District, 645 Rt. 228, Mars, PA 16046.
Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.