Essie Jacobs Cole, Real Estate Agent

August 11, 2009|By Jacques Kelly

Essie Jacobs Cole, who sold so many apartments she became known as "Condo Cole," died of a heart ailment Saturday at Sinai Hospital. The Pikesville resident was 94.

Born Essie Rose Jacobs in Baltimore, she attended the Robert E. Lee School before graduating from Western High School in 1931.

In 1969, after raising a family, she joined real estate broker Fiola Blum. "Her career blossomed," said her granddaughter, Nina Gurvitch of Potomac. "She was a member of the Real Estate Million-Dollar Club in her first year." She retired two years ago.

Mrs. Cole was a past president of philanthropic organization True Sisters Baltimore No. 35, and organized and became president of the True Sisters Potomac No. 51.

She wrote a bridge guide and taught numerous players the game. She also taught bridge on cruise ship tours.

Family members said she had a passion for singing, dancing and performing and performed in musical shows at Har Sinai Congregation, the Suburban Club, Levindale and the Sinai Auxiliary.

"She laughed, joked and had a zest for living life to the fullest, engaging life with passion and energy that all around her embraced," her granddaughter said. "She was a woman of spirit, generosity, optimism, and grace."

Services will be held at noon today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road.

Survivors include two daughters, Harriett Hollett of Arlington Heights, Ill. and Arleen Bernstein of Aventura, Fla.; a companion, Jerry Scher of Baltimore; a brother, Abraham Jacobs of Tamarac, Fla.; a sister, Augusta Janofsky of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Her husband of more than 50 years, Mortimer Cole, died in 1993.

- Jacques Kelly

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