Helen Irene (Rene) Mole, 88, passed away Sunday, December 9, 2012 at St. Mary of the Woods Retirement Facility, Avon, after a long illness. She was born September 14, 1924, in Berea, the daughter of Walter W. and Leila A. (Barnum) Buse.
Rene was a 1942 graduate of Eaton High School, where she was secretary of her class. She was a 1947 graduate of St. Alexis School of Nursing, Cleveland and was proud of earning and maintaining the designation and licensure of Registered Nurse (R.N.), joining a family tradition that included her mother, Leila, her sister, Frances and her aunt, Agnes Barnum.
After working as a staff nurse at Berea Community Hospital (now Southwest General Hospital), Rene married Wells W. Mole, Jr. on December 2, 1950 in Grafton. They were Grafton Village residents their entire married life and were married for 42 years until his death on December 25, 1992.
A talented artist, Rene counted among her other hobbies and interests: traveling, tole painting, flowers and gardening, baseball, golf and fishing. She took additional education courses in nursing later in life and did private duty nursing for invalid house-bound patients. She was a long-time member of the Altar and Rosary Society of the former Immaculate Conception Church, Grafton and served as one of the parish’s religious education teachers for many years.
Surviving her are her son, Richard J. (Kathy) of Andover, Ohio; her daughters, Beth M. Mole of Silver Spring, Maryland and Ann Marie (Mole) Koenig, of Chatham, Virginia; six grandchildren, Martha (Rob) Chinnock, Rose (Jerry) Trepkowski, Kevin Mole, Lisa (Ben) Flores, Eileen Mole and Daniel Koenig and three great-grandchildren, Abby and Amelia Chinnock and Natalya Trepkowski. Rene is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Rene was the last surviving member of her family.
Preceding her in death were her parents and her two sisters, Frances Selecky and Mary Jean Masselle; as well as her two brothers-in-law, Lewis (Tom) Selecky, Jr. and Francis (Fran) Masselle.
Visitation will be Wednesday, December 12, 2012 from 5 to 8 P.M. at Blackburn-Duke Funeral Home, 1021 Main St., Grafton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 10 A.M. in the Chapel of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 708 Erie St., Grafton, with the Rev. John Seabold presiding. Burial will take place immediately following at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Grafton.