Dawn Coles

Dawn Marie Coles (Stetler)

Sunday, May 10th, 2020
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Dawn Marie Coles, age 76, of Corning, passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2020 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. She was born on January 17, 1944 in Williamsport, PA, the daughter of the late Hiram and Grace (Hendricks) Stetler Sr.

Dawn graduated from Alfred University with a Bachelors Degree in Nursing and she received her Masters degree in Adult Education from Elmira College. Dawn retired from Corning Hospital following 30 years of service. Dawn enjoyed quilting for her family and also with her “STITCH” group, going on outings with her husband and her with her Red Hatter’s group, the “Outrageous Sage’s,” and spending time at her lake house on Waneta Lake.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years, James Coles Jr. of Corning, married on August 1, 1987. She is also survived and cherished by her four children, Joseph Contento, Jr. of Minnesota, David Contento of Corning, Maria (R. Brett) Desorcie of Painted Post, and Diana (Kelly) Dillinger of Texas, and her three grandchildren, Michael (Lori) and Garrett (Gina) Desorcie, and Chase Dillinger; two step-children, Tamara Rutledge of Westchester, PA, and James (Kelly) Coles, III of Sayre, PA, and four step-grandchildren, Donovan and Alesha Rutledge, Katie and Emily Coles. Further loved by her special cousin, Ginny Buck and close family friends, Gisele Maurer, and Linda & Bill Rial. In addition to her parents, Dawn was predeceased by her brothers, Charles, Hiram, Jr. and Scott Stetler.

Due to the current health crisis, there will be no services at this time. A celebration of Dawn's Life will take place at a later date, when the stay at home restrictions have been lifted. Please refer to for service detail updates.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to give may make donations to Corning Meals on Wheels at or the Food Bank of the Southern Tier at
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Mary Margeson

Posted at 11:27am
Dawn was a lovely person, so full of life and outgoing. I was a member of her Red Hatter's group as well. We always had such fun girl get togethers. Her death is truly a loss.
Mary Margeson

Barbara Doane

Posted at 07:12pm
Dawn was a good friend. We used to quilt together at STITCH and then at Carol's house. She was a very good quilter and we enjoyed our time together talking and sewing. I was also a member of her Red Hat Group the "Outrageous Sages" where we all had a great time on our various outings. She will be missed by all of us.
Barbara Doane

Lenore Lewis

Posted at 03:46pm
Dawn was our Red Hatters' Queen Mom! She always had all sorts of fun activities planned for us whether at her summer cottege, on a railroad excursion, lunch on a boat, etc. We have lost a very caring person. (Lenore Lewis)

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