Katinka Podmaniczky Coleman
Katinka Podmaniczky Coleman September 28, 1917 - March, 14, 2012 Harvard, MA - Katinka Podmaniczky Coleman of Harvard, Massachusetts died peacefully in her sleep, at home, with her family around her on March, 14, 2012 at the age of 94. She was born on September 28, 1917 in Budapest, Hungary, the daughter of the late Baron Tibor von Podmaniczky and the late Virginia Hegeman Walker. She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Loring W. Coleman of Harvard, MA and four children: Linzee Coleman-Bagge of Bozrah, Susan Jewell of Northborough, MA, Peter Coleman of Buckfield, ME, and Andrew Coleman of Harvard, MA, seven grandchildren and seven great grand children. She is also survived by her younger brother, Sandor Podmaniczky Walker of Thomaston, ME and her namesake, a grand niece, Katinka Podmaniczky of Boston, MA. After her family moved from Hungary to Germany in 1922, Katinka was educated in the schools in Munich and later at a boarding school in Switzerland. She finished her secondary education at Rosemary Hall in Greenwich. Her diverse educational experience allowed her to become fluent in the English, German, French and Italian languages. She attended Vassar College, majoring in Journalism and later worked as an editor for a publishing house in Boston. She was very proud to have become a naturalized citizen of the United States and instilled a strong sense of patriotism into her family. Katinka and Loring were married on December 6, 1941, the day before the attack on Pearl Harbor. When Loring was drafted into the Army, Katinka joined him at Fort Lee in Petersburg, VA, where he remained stationed for the balance of the war. They lived in Decatur, GA for three years before returning to Massachusetts to settle in Sudbury for the next twenty years. Katinka, while busy raising her family, was active in civic affairs, belonging to the League of Women Voters and serving a term on the Town Planning Board. She was a member of St. Elisabeth's Episcopal Church in Sudbury, singing in the Choir and helping to organize and run the new church thrift shop. Later, relocated to Harvard, MA, Katinka became a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Southborough, MA, where she also enjoyed working at the Bargain Box and the annual Christmas Fair. An avid gardener, she was a member of the Sudbury and Harvard Garden Clubs and maintained one of the original vegetable plots in the Harvard Community Gardens. Music was always a delight and passion throughout her life. She was a supporter of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and could be found there on Friday afternoons during the concert season and at Tanglewood in the summer. She loved opera and could recite long passages of Wagner's works from memory. She was also an avid sports fan dating from an interest in Olympic Sports as a child through long time enthusiasm for all the Boston professional sports teams. She was a field hockey and lacrosse player in secondary school and enjoyed downhill skiing. Later in life she was a very active climber in the Austrian Alps. But Katinka's prime focus throughout her life has been her family, as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother providing steadfast support and guidance through these many years. Her family will greatly miss her nurturing care and vibrant personality that has been a light to us all. Arrangements have been made with Badger Funeral Homes in Littleton, MA. There will be no visiting hours. A memorial service has been scheduled for 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Southborough, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Ayer, MA. or to St. Mark's Episcopal Church.

Published by Norwich Bulletin on Mar. 17, 2012.
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Dear Loring and Peter:

I just came across the notice; please accept my belated condolences. I usually saw Mrs. Coleman when up for reunions and really look forward to my 45th in a few weeks when Loring is to be honored. Hopefully all the Colemans are doing well.

Sincerely, Chris Poth ('67)
April 9, 2012
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
M Allison (Isaiah 25:8)
March 28, 2012
Loring, my deepest condolences. It was your example, I am sure, that led me to a life of building houses, cabinetwork, and furniture. In retirement I am now teaching these skills in Vermont. You have my greatest sympathy.

Randy Taplin, 1960
Randy Taplin
March 21, 2012
To the family, Please remember through this time of despair many prayers go with you and that others really do care.
m. Welch
March 20, 2012
Loring, I was very affected by this news. Of course I remember both of you with immense fondness. I had a couple of talks about Wagner and Strauss with your wife which I still remember vividly. I wish you all strength and humor as you face life with Katinka. With love, Stephen Zinsser '71
Stephen Wadsworth Zinsser
March 19, 2012
To the Coleman Family my deepest condolences - Duncan Littlejohn former student and big fan of Loring Coleman
Duncan Littlejohn
March 19, 2012
Peter - I'm sorry to learn of your mother's death. I had a chance to speak with your mother four years ago at a Middlesex Alumni Dinner - Class of '63. She was forthright, intelligent and funny. Clearly, your mother and father were very much in love. You and your Dad - and your family - are in my thoughts and prayers. Scott Conant (Hilton Head Island, SC)
Scott Conant
March 19, 2012
Linzee znd George,I sm so sorry to hear this sad news. Katinka will be greatly missed. It was a privilege to know her.
March 18, 2012
Peter & Deborah,
My thoughts and prayers are with you both in the passing of your mother and mother-in-law, who appears to have had a beautiful and quite remarkable life. No doubt she will be greatly missed by not just her family, but by all who knew her. May God grace you both with His comfort & peace,
Katherine Butler
March 18, 2012
To Linzee and George Bagge, your mother was an incredible woman of God with many wonderful accomplishments, may you know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers, you are such special people and Linzee it appears you were a lot like your mother. How proud you must be for that. I will be praying for peace for you and may time heal your sadness, knowing what a wonderful mother you has and that she is now with the Lord. God bless, Jacqueline Leone
Jacqueline Leone
March 18, 2012
Katinka was an extraordinary person who will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She is now having the time of her life in her new heavenly home.Condolences to her family and friends.
Linda Parks
March 18, 2012
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