Rebecca Lynn Cole

June 26, 1942 - March 27, 2019

Rebecca Lynn Cole


Rebecca Lynn Cole, 76, passed away on March 27, 2019 in Rockford, IL after a valiant battle with cancer. She was born on June 26, 1942 to Harvey and Lois (Metcalf) Cole. Rebecca married the love of her life, Frances, in July of 1975 in Lombard, IL. She received a doctorate and worked as a mechanical engineer at Argonne National Laboratory. Rebecca and Frances became members of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church upon moving to Poplar Grove. She had several hobbies which included rock climbing, welding, flying, and even built her own aircraft! She was involved in many clubs, including the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and the Model Railroad Club.

Rebecca is survived by her wife, Frances; children, Cynthia Cole and Kathryn (Steve) Kass; brother, Curtis (Nan) Cole; and grandchildren, Peter Kass and Samuel Kass. She is preceded in death by her parents, Harvey and Lois.

A memorial service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on April 6, 2019 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 217 E. Hurlbut Ave, Belvidere, IL, 61008. Memorials in Rebecca’s name may be made to the Human Rights Campaign, American Red Cross, or the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Belvidere, IL. To light a candle or share a condolence, please visit

Service Schedule

11:00 am

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

A memorial service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on April 6, 2019 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 217 E. Hurlbut Ave, Belvidere, IL, 61008.

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We are very sorry for your loss. Lynn was truely a special person with a great heart. I (Dean) will miss our engineering talks about parts Lynn’s working on or wants to make for her projects. So sorry Fran, Cindy and Kathy.
Dean & Dominique Svarc

Dean & Dominique Svarc 2019-04-07T05:46:12

Fran, Cindy, and Kathy, my thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family.

Fred Deppe 2019-04-02T20:24:46

I first knew Rebecca Lynn from my high school years, as a near neighbor, friend and schoolmate of her daughters’. I was kindly welcomed many times to the Cole home and enjoyed talking with Lynn and following her progress with her airplane. May her family be at peace knowing her body and spirit are free from struggle and pain.

Dina Ghikas 2019-04-02T10:33:46

Our hearts are sad with the loss of our friend and fellow pilot, Lynn. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family.

Don & Maureen Alesi 2019-03-31T14:50:31

Lynn was a person of many talents and great intellect who welcomed me warmly whenever I showed up in her home. I admired her ‘can-do’ attitude, accomplishments and cheerful demeanor. May the blessings and memories she has left behind comfort Fran, Cindi, Kathy and all the family.

Nora T Kashinsky 2019-03-29T21:17:59

Our sincerest sympathy Fran, Cindy, Kathy, and family.
Bob & Judy Berg

Bob & Judy Berg 2019-03-29T17:05:16

Our sympathy to Fran and the whole family. Love, Pauline and Brian

Pauline Norquist 2019-03-29T11:25:51

I did not know Lynn very well, in truth, but remember her as an intelligent and kind person of deep introspection. It seems to me that her wife, Fran, was her perfect balance with Fran’s outgoing, giving nature. The family they have made are, in kind, peaceful and gentle as well. This is Lynn’s greatest legacy.
Rest well, Lynn.
May Fran, Cindy, Kathy and all of her descendants and friends fare well as they remember and grieve and carry meaning into their futures.
Warmly, Julie and Tom Sorensen

Julie Kolze Sorensen 2019-03-29T11:21:11

On behalf of myself and all of EAA Chapter 153, we send condolences to Fran and all of her family. We all had a lot of great times at chapter events, meetings, camping and volunteering at Oshkosh. I recall she volunteered for about 9 days one July, parking airplanes as they came and went during Airventure. I remember the happy sun baked smile she wore as she rode on the minibike and patrolled the rows of airplanes. For many years she took on the big task of tirelessly putting out our superb EAA Chapter Newsletter each month. I enjoyed the stories she told of her and Fran camping in the Rockies. She was a very good person and we miss her. May she always have blue skies and smooth landings….

Bob Brandt 2019-03-29T11:11:47

I mourn the death of Rebecca Lynn Cole whom I knew through a chapter of PFLAG she founded. She was brilliant, thoughtful, and courageous, and I treasure a long conversation I had with her at a lgbtq+ dinner party a few years ago. To her loving wife and her extended family, I send condolences.

Caryl Barnes 2019-03-29T09:48:27


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