Eleanor Segerberg Coe, age 91, died peacefully and graciously on the morning of Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, one month before her 92nd birthday. Eleanor was at home in the loving care of her family and caregivers. Her husband, Ronald Eliot Coe, M.D., was faithfully at her side holding her hand and comforting her as she passed. Eleanor and Ronald were happily married and devoted to each other for more than 68 years. Ronald was Eleanor's lifelong love.
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Eleanor Mae Segerberg was born on March 19, 1921, in Hartford, to Ake Olof and Ada Shelley Segerberg. Eleanor was raised in Durham, along with her surviving and only sibling, Marion Segerberg Mahoney, of Glas-tonbury. In addition to her husband Ronald, Eleanor is survived by her daughter Nancy Coe McLane (Jeffrey Warren Lewis) of Birchrunville, Pa., and her grandson Joshua Coe McLane of Chicago, Ill. She has enjoyed four step-grandchildren, James Woods McLane Jr., Benjamin Sargent McLane, Douglas Warren Lewis and Ryan Jeffrey Lewis. Eleanor's nieces, nephews, dear friends, their children and Caitlin Parker Jones have been tremendously loving and supportive of her throughout her life. Eleanor's family and friends are especially grateful to longtime caregiver Veronica Kay Haynes, who loved and cared for Eleanor as part of her own family.
Eleanor attended and graduated from Durham High School where she met her future husband. Thereafter, she worked, supported and stood beside her husband while he attended college, served in World War II, at-tended medical school and ultimately set up a private medical practice in the Spring Glen neighborhood of Hamden. During these years, Eleanor worked in the Colby College library and bursar's office, attended secre-tarial school and worked for many years in an accounting office. During World War II, she stood watch as a spotter for enemy aircraft in US territory. Eleanor was an intricate part of her husband's medical practice as office manager and loved the interaction with patients and the surrounding medical community. Alongside her husband, she cared deeply about each patient.
Eleanor was a devoted mother to her daughter Nancy, giving her a wonderful childhood filled with love and support. This carried over into her role as grandmother to Josh. She was always giving of her time and energy, making herself available for volunteering at her daughter's schools and giving back as an active member of the Women's Fellowship at the Spring Glen Church. Her annual Christmas celebration was a cherished tradition for the churchwomen for over 40 years. Eleanor was known to the community, to her friends and to her family, as a beautiful, kind and giving lady.
The family will celebrate and remember Eleanor's life privately but welcome and look forward to you sharing your memories of Eleanor through notes to the family. Correspondence will be received c/o Ronald E. Coe, M.D., at Elim Park, 150 Cook Hill Road, Cheshire, CT 06410.
Donations in Eleanor's memory may be sent to the Women's Fellowship at the Spring Glen Church, UCC, 1825 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT 06410.
Arrangements in care of Beecher & Bennett, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden.
Beecher and Bennett Funeral Home
2300 Whitney Avenue Hamden, CT 06518
Published in The Record-Journal on Feb. 24, 2013