November 5, 1918 - January 30, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY John A. Coakley Jr., 94, formerly of Overland Park, Kansas, died Jan. 30 at St. Ann's Home in Oklahoma City. John was born November 5, 1918 in City Island, New York. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II and served during The Korean Conflict. He was preceded in death by Mary, his wife of 44 years, and by his parents, John and Edna, his brothers, James and Richard and a sister, Edna Grady. He is survived by his second wife, Stella Bisbee Coakley of Overland Park, KS and sons, John III of Merriam, KS and Paul (Archbishop of Oklahoma City), as well as by a daughter, Christina Berry of Tahlequah, OK. He is also survived by a brother, Robert of DuBois, PA and by grandsons, John IV and Brandon Berry, as well as by a granddaughter, Sophia Berry. John was a lifelong Catholic and a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He spent his working life in the retail business, most recently as the owner of The Sacristy in Overland Park. There will be a Vigil on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Our Lady's Cathedral in Oklahoma City. The Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. on Monday at Our Lady's Cathedral. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery in Lenexa, KS on Tuesday at 1 p.m. Memorial offerings may be sent to the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City for the education of seminarians.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Feb. 3, 2013