Edward Coffin

Coffin, Edward D.

Edward D. Coffin, age 83, a Manitowoc resident, entered eternal life on Friday, March 28, 2014 at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay.

Ed was born on June 16, 1930 in Manitowoc to the late Edward G. and Marie Klein Coffin. He graduated from Lincoln High School with the class of 1948. After graduating high school, Ed enlisted with the United States Army and served in the Korean War. He received the Korean Service Medal, five Bronze Service Stars, Good Conduct Medal, and the Meritorious Unit Citation. Following his honorable discharge, Ed received his Associates Degree in teaching from Manitowoc County Normal. He then went on to complete his education by receiving his Bachelors Degree in education from UW Oshkosh, his Masters Degree in General Science from Michigan State, and attended UW Madison Doctorial program for educational administration. Ed worked in both teaching and administration for the Manitowoc Public School District until his retirement 1990.

On June 27, 1953 Ed married Lumena C. O'Hearn at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Manitowoc. Lumena preceded him in death on December 28, 2010. Ed enjoyed spending his time fishing, boating, travelling, farming his vegetable garden, playing piano and violin, and being with his family. Ed had taught CCD, distributed Holy Communion, and was an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Parish in Manitowoc.

Survivors include Ed's 8 children: Mary "Margie" Coffin, Manitowoc; Edward (Mary) Coffin, Waukesha; Elizabeth (Peter) Heck, Appleton; Michael Coffin, Kissimmee, FL; Dave (Sue) Coffin, Little Chute; Kris (Doug) Jurgens, Manitowoc; Kitty (Ken) Sundberg, Cottage Grove, MN; and Jane (David) Twohig, Evanston, IL; 12 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; also nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Ed was preceded in death by one son, Christopher; and his only brother, Richard Coffin.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at St. Francis of Assisi on Waldo, 1121 North 14th Street, Manitowoc. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Richard Klingeisen with burial to follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded by VFW Otto Oas Post 659. The family will greet relatives and friends at the Harrigan Parkside Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. A prayer service will be led at 7 p.m. by the staff of Holy Family Memorial Pastoral Care to conclude the visitation. The visitation will continue on Wednesday at St. Francis of Assisi on Waldo from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. Following the funeral service, a luncheon will be held at the Harrigan Parkside Gathering Center located on the south property of the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to www.harriganparksidefuneralhome.com

The Harrigan Parkside Funeral Home & Crematory, N. 11th and St. Clair streets, Manitowoc, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Ed's family would like to extend their thanks and appreciation to the staff of HFM 5 East and ICU, Dr. Matthew Campbell, Dr. Mark Herring, and Dr. Charles Laham for all the care and compassion they provided to Ed over the years.


Funeral Home

Harrigan Parkside Funeral Home & Crematory
628 North Water Street Manitowoc, WI 54220
(920) 682-0346

Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter on Apr. 1, 2014