Matti Jane Cole, 08, of Hitchcock, SD, passed through the open doors of heaven on Friday, January 29, 2021, after passing away at Community Memorial Hospital-Avera in Redfield. Her funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, February 5, 2021, at the Hitchcock School Gymnasium in Hitchcock, SD. Pastor Steve Behrens and Pastor Mark Tuttle will officiate.
Visitation will be Thursday, February 4, 2021, from 3-7, at Hyke Funeral Home in Redfield with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Matti’s family will be present from 5-7 p.m. to accept condolences.
Masks and social distancing are recommended but not required at both the funeral home and at the gymnasium. For those unable to attend in person, the service will be live-streamed to the funeral home’s website. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hyke Funeral Home. (www.hykefuneralhome.com)
The doors of heaven opened wide to welcome Matti Jane Cole, our precious daughter, on January 29, 2021. Matti was born September 6, 2012, to Todd and Jennifer (Tietgen)Cole in Huron, South Dakota. She joined two brothers Raymond and Cooper who adored her and loved her fiercely. Matti loved God and knew Jesus was in her heart. Matti grew up on the farm loving animals of all sizes and shapes - she had 1 bunny, 3 dogs, 6 sheep, 3 horses, and 1 cow. She especially loved playing with her bunny “Cookie”, her 2 puppies “Moose” and “Tootsie”, riding her pony “Little Red”, picking eggs, and being a little momma to any animal she could find, even bugs. We believe Matti wanted to be a vet when she grew up. From birth, Matti was a true ray of sunshine in our home, always smiling, spreading fun and laughter wherever she went. She loved to draw, color, do puzzles, play with her farm animals, she never was a doll kind of girl, and had recently started journaling. She loved to read, especially about animals. She was gentle and kind. When Miss Matti started kindergarten Grandpa Richard gave her 5 ewes and a heifer she named “Cherry”; can you guess what color it is? She was a true farm girl who loved watching her babies grow! Matti was a 2nd grader at Hitchcock-Tulare where she excelled academically and had many friends. Matti loved school, and the teachers and students loved her. Cousin Raya was like a sister to Matti and they were inseparable at school. In the summer she enjoyed swimming, riding her horses, playing outside, and eating watermelon, strawberries, and apple pie. Matti loved spending time with her friends and family watching movies such as “The Adventures of Spirit”, “Bluey” and of course “DR POLL”. Riding a four-wheeler to go check those new babies or round up cows, that was her love! She especially loved those calves that weren’t all black! You could often find Matti playing Xbox with her brothers or card games with mom and dad or playing house with her beloved pets. She got a scooter for her 8th birthday and was very excited to stroll down the yellow brick road at Storybook Land in Aberdeen this coming summer. Life will not be the same without Matti; she was our loveable little packrat who could always find a use for a box! Matti was taken from us far too soon, but now there is a new bright light shining down on us from heaven today.
She is survived by her parents Todd and Jennifer (Tietgen) Cole, her brothers Raymond and Cooper, her bunny Cookie; her great-grandpa Robert Tietgen of Burke, SD; grandparents Richard and Linda Tietgen of Burke, SD and Bertha Cole of Hitchcock, SD maternal aunts and uncles Melissa and Marc Rolf, Stacy and Kent Wells, and Jake and Jacinta Tietgen all of Burke, SD; paternal aunts and uncles Lee and Susan Cole of Rapid City, SD, Randy and Bonnie Cole and Russ Cole of Hitchcock, SD; maternal cousins Kaleen, Borden, Corbin, Kaleb, Jason, Josh, and Evie of Burke, SD, and Mykala (Justice), Ember and Asher of Bonesteel, SD; paternal cousins Brayden, Nick, of Rapid, Jordan, Kaylee, Ryder, Bailey, of Hitchcock, Forrest, Blake, Jessica, Chelsea, and Russell Jr, of Huron, SD, and Raya and Hunter of Tulare and a host of friends and family who loved her dearly.
She is preceded in death by her great grandparents Betty & Lenard Mayer and Luella Tietgen; grandpa Ray Cole Jr, aunt Tammy Bau, and cousin Arlan Cole.
God bless Matti’s memory and all of us who must cope with our loss.
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