To the Saint Joseph Grade School community, past and present, near and far:

Mr. Nate Cole – a beloved teacher, mentor, and friend at SJGS since 2003 – died suddenly on February 15, 2021.  Even as we grieve our tremendous loss, we trust that, just as he was baptized into Christ’s death, Mr. Cole rises now to share Christ’s eternal life.

We all know how much Mr. Cole loved his students, their parents, and his colleagues.  We want to offer his wife, Sarah, and their daughter, Lydia, a scrapbook filled with words and images that show our love for him.  We invite you to contribute notes (perhaps sharing memories and/or what you appreciate or admire about Mr. Cole) and/or photos that can be included in this scrapbook.

There are three ways you can contribute to the scrapbook:

  • You can drop off / send in with a current child, attention Mrs. Hill
  • You can send physical contributions in the mail:

Mrs. Heather Hill
St. Joseph Grade School
216 North Hill Street
South Bend, IN 46617

Please help us to spread the word to any other current and former students, colleagues, and parents who have been blessed to know Mr. Cole so they can also be a part of this tribute.

Please be in touch with Brittany Gelchion at with any questions.

Our Lady of Holy Cross, pray for us.

Brittany Gelchion & Heather Hill
SJGS Teachers

— Obituary for Nate Cole

Memorial Fund for Cole Family