Josephine Emelia (Safranek) Cool, daughter of Caroline Vollmer Safranek and Paul Herman Safranek, was born Feb. 20, 1925, in Merna, at home on the family farm. Josephine departed this life in the arms of her Lord Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, at Tiffany Square in Grand Island.
Her Resurrection Service will be Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church in Grand Island, with Pastor Harvey Johnson officiating. A private service for the burial of ashes will be held at the Grand Island City Cemetery. Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at Messiah Lutheran Church. All Faiths Funeral Home is serving the family.
Survivors include four daughters, Jeanette Cool of San Francisco, Calif., LeAnne Cool of Colorado Springs, Colo., LaDonna Cool of Grand Island, and RoJane Maybee of Redmond, Wash.; and sons-in-law, Georges Lammam of San Francisco, and James Maybee of Redmond; her sister, Emma Lyon, and brother and sister-in-law, Herman and Detta Safranek, and sister-in-law Katherine Safranek, all from Merna, and Eleanor Cool of Pismo Beach, Calif.
Also surviving her are six grandchildren: Dorian Jamal Campbell Cool of San Francisco, Dalyn Cook, on scholarship in Holland, Ian Porter of Seattle, Wash., Kelli Cool Sutton and husband, Todd of Littleton, Colo., Andrew Mettenbrink and his wife, Linsey of Chandler, Ariz., LaRena Archer and husband, Gabe of Kirkland, Wash.; great-grandsons, Jack Andrew and Harper Gregory Mettenbrink and Greysen Franklin Archer, and great-granddaughter, Jennifer Lily Mettenbrink.
Josephine accepted Christ as her personal Savior at an early age through Holy Baptism and Confirmation at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Merna.
She attended rural school, District 62 graduating from Merna High School in 1942, and began teaching in the Bell School, east of New Helena. December 9, 1945, she was united in marriage at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Merna to her high school sweetheart, Glenn Dale Cool. They made their first home in Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., where Jo worked in the discharge unit of the US Army. The young couple was transferred to Omaha's Offutt Field until Dale was discharged. To this union were born four daughters. Jo and Dale farmed in Custer County until 1968, when they moved to Grand Island.
Josephine was a wonderful homemaker, creating a warm home filled with aromas of great cooking and baking. An accomplished seamstress, she dressed her daughters with fashions of her own creation. She enjoyed gardening and loved flowers - a passion made visible in her beautiful backyard and patio enjoyed by so many of her friends and family.
Josephine was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Caroline Safranek; husband, Glenn Dale Cool; brother-in-law, Ivan Cool of Pismo Beach, Calif.; sister and brother-in-law, Gertrude and Arthur Tillman of Grand Island; brother and sister-in-law, Karl and Mildred Safranek of Merna; brother-in-law, Dwight Lyon of Merna, and granddaughter, Jennifer Mettenbrink from Grand Island.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Heartland Lutheran High School, 3900 West Husker Highway, Grand Island, NE 68803-6001.
Published in Custer County Chief, Nov. 17, 2011