Laura Mae Coleman

August 28, 1921 - June 25, 2019

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Friday, June 28, 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel


Saturday, June 29, 10:00 AM
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 319 East Diamond Street, Kendallville


Laura Mae Coleman, 97, died Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at her home in Kendallville where she grew up surrounded by her family.

She was a lifelong Kendallville resident, born August 28, 1921, to Fred and Thelma (Mays) Hoffelder, the eldest of 11 children. She was a 1940 graduate of Kendallville High School.

Laura married George Coleman on June 28, 1940. They were married 40 years when he drowned in Bixler Lake while fishing on June 28, 1980. Her husband and sons all served their country honorably in the military.

Laura attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kendallville. She volunteered at McCray Memorial Hospital and later Parkview Noble Hospital for over 30 years. She was a homemaker who took care of her parents and people in their homes for many years. She loved taking care of people, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her great great-grandchildren brought her much joy. Laura enjoyed crossword puzzles, reading books, and watching her favorite shows, The Price is Right, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy.

Surviving are a daughter and four sons, Judy Straw of Kendallville, Charles (Cheryl) Coleman of Garrett, Randy (Sharon) Coleman of Auburn, and Ron “Red” (Cheri) Coleman of Kendallville; daughter-in-law, Jan Coleman of Kendallville; 14 grandchildren, Renee (Keith) Liddle, Sally (Ron) Newcomer, Russell Straw, Cindy (Kerry) Littlejohn, Todd (Tammi) Coleman, Tamara Coleman, Tim Coleman, Carrie (Dave) Krein, Michelle (Paul) Dapp, Lisa Coleman, Lori (Joseph) VanCamp, Todd (Lori) Nartker, Tom (Lisa) Nartker, and Bill (Tiffany) Nartker; 23 great-grandchildren; 20 great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mary Jane Double of Ossian, Dorothy Jones of Ossian, and Sally (Bud) Parman of Florida; and two brothers, Tom (Carol) Hoffelder of Minnesota and Harry (Shirley) Hoffelder of Kendallville.

She was also preceded in death by a son and his wife, George Coleman, Jr. and Lorraine Coleman; son-in-law, Joe Straw; grandson, Jason Coleman; brother, Clifford Hoffelder; and four sisters, Kathryn Hoffelder, Barbara Schwarz, Betty Fletcher, and Olive Conrad.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, June 29, 2019, at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kendallville with Father J. Steele officiating. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville.

As Laura’s favorite color was red, the family asks that you honor her by wearing something red on the day of the service.

Pallbearers are Todd Coleman, Joseph VanCamp, Michael VanCamp, Jacob Dyke, Andrew Littlejohn, and Noah Dapp.

Calling is Friday, June 28, 2019, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville, where a Rosary service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Preferred memorials are masses to the church.

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Guest Book

Thomas and Muriel Dougherty
July 8th, 2019 8:34pm
Elmendorf, TX

So very sorry for the loss of your Mother and Grandmother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Kay Lewis Strater
July 1st, 2019 10:29pm
New York City

My deepest sympathy to each of you!! Laura Mae was my brother (Max) and my baby sitter. She and my mother (Mildred "Strater") were dear friends. We lost an Angel.. But God has gained one. Love.... Kay

Virginia Parman Stephenson
June 30th, 2019 2:50am
Deltona, Florida

My favorite childhood memories included my Aunt Laura Mae. Digging up potatoes, picking berries by the railroad tracks, and shelling pecans are just a few. I treasured every card she wrote me. I will remember her with love, always.

Tom and Kathy Parman
June 29th, 2019 2:52pm
Orange City, FL

Thoughts and prayers to the entire family. We loved her so much and always will. One of the sweetest and most thoughtful ladies ever! So many memories, so much love. She'll be with us forever.

Paula Conrad
June 29th, 2019 2:51pm

She was a blessing to so many people, always giving to others with her time and her caring ways.....and she was blessed as well by a large family filled with so many people who loved her....She and George were greatly loved by my husband Dan and now they are all reunited in Heaven.....My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family on this day...

Ronda Huff
June 29th, 2019 2:01am

Laura Mae was my great-aunt and a very sweet lady. Knowing that she loved red, I bought her a red crocheted hat at a garage sale last summer. I only paid a quarter for it. She mailed me a thank you card. She spent more on the card and stamp than I did for the hat! She always sent a Christmas card, too. Such a thoughtful lady! She will be missed!

Kevin Akers
June 28th, 2019 8:45pm
Terre Haute indiana

Thoughts and prayers to the family

Jerry and oleen schwarz
June 28th, 2019 3:14pm
Kennesaw Georgia

Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with the family.

Bill & DD Nartker
June 26th, 2019 7:29pm
Kendallville, In.

Our thoughts & prayers go out to the family. She was a sweet lady, I have known her for years.

Connie L Dillon
June 26th, 2019 2:04pm

My love and prayers are with the family during this sad time. Aunt Laura was a wonderful lady and will be missed.

Mike and Teri Fitzgibbon
June 26th, 2019 12:55am

So sorry for your loss. Such a sweet lady. She always made me smile. Thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Kathy Mullens White
June 26th, 2019 12:22am
Seelyville, Indiana

Todd,Tammy and Sally sorry for your lost. I had so much fun at Aunt Laura Mae and Uncle George’s house those summers I got to come with my grandparents Rosalie and Virgil Neice. My mom Donna sends her love also.

Vickie Parman Wehner
June 25th, 2019 11:43pm
Longwood, Florida

I will always remember growing up on my Aunt Sophies farm. Running thru the cornfields (Those Spiders!), Sneaking down to look at the dogs (that was a no-no!), the strawberry patch across the street with the bunnies and wonderful picnics that she gave! She loved us all very much! You will be missed Aunt Sophie, but not forgotten!!

Bonnie and Wayne Maurer
June 25th, 2019 10:37pm

Laura was a wonderful lady. A friend to all. She'll surely be missed .Bonnie and Wayne