John P. Coleman

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COLEMAN, JOHN P. (Age 73)

Died peacefully Monday, March 21, 2005, at the Sweet Life Rosehill Skilled Nursing. Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, March 29, 10 a.m. at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 4737 N. Cleveland, Kansas City, MO, with burial in White Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, March 28 at McGILLEY ANTIOCH CHAPEL, 3325 N.E. Vivion Rd., Kansas City, MO from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with the Rosary at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Alheimer's Association, Heart of America Chapter, 3846 W. 75th, Praire Village, KS; or a charity of your choice.

John was a US Congressman's media liaison in Minnesota's Fourth Congressional District. These experiences moved John and his family to the Washington, DC area to pursue his civil servant career with the Office of Emergency Preparedness in the Executive Office of the President from 1964-1973. John served as assistant director for information for the Federal Disaster Assistance Administration from 1973-1979 when he assumed the position of Director of Information and News Services for the Federal Emergency Management Headquarters.

John is survived by his wife of 23 years, Carolyn of the home; his daughters, Maureen B. Coleman of Woodbridge, VA, Kathi Estrate and husband Evan of Alexandria, VA; step-daughters, Karen Kissinger and husband James of Kansas City and Kathy Alagna and husband Vincent of Gladstone. He also leaves behind his beloved grandchildren, Cole and Tasha Estrate, Katie Kissinger and Steven Alagna. He is also survived by his ex-wife, Patricia Reding-Shane of Arlington, VA; as well as many special friends and family who knew and loved him.

John's kindness, Irish twinkle, fun-loving spirit, and love for others transcended the progression of his disease. A day did not pass that John did not smile.

Slainte, John!

Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 27, 2005
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