Viola Mae Coleman, 87, lifelong resident of West Kittanning passed peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her loving family on December 1, 2019. Viola was born on February 19, 1932 (a birthday shared with her son and granddaughter) in Kittanning to parents Euchetta & James Julius. Viola met her husband Charles Coleman, whom she married on November 23, 19’something. Forgive us, we remember it just like she did.
Together they settled in West Kittanning where she deemed herself “the Mayor” (over her 87 years of residence). Her kitchen table was seldom empty, as the aromas of fresh baked breads and sauces omitting from her kitchen filled the streets of Southern avenue. One should always stop in hungry, because whether or not you were, you were getting fed. She kept her figure tighter than a base drum by “pumping iron” at Mac’s health club and more recently at the YMCA. She enjoyed staying active, and always followed her sessions with lunch with friends, usually at Valley Dairy.
Viola worked at Mike’s Lunch in the early days, followed by a career at Moonlight Mushroom. She was one of the fastest pickers on the line—some would consider her a hustler, and that hustle never slowed throughout her lengthy, active life. As a matter of fact, she was so ahead of the game that she seemed to want “everything done yesterday”—not sure how, but we delivered. After she retired, she became a full time Nonna. She enjoyed spending many of her days with her grandchildren: Dena (Randy), Chad, Brittany (the favorite/Michael), Felecia (Alex), Branden (Ashley) by playing games like “follow the leader”, baking sugar cookies, hosting pizza night, and playing 500 Rum. She also enjoyed many similar traditional memories with her great-grandchildren Taylor, Dillion, Ella, Owen, Chloe, Capri, Nicholas and Natalie.
Left to cherish her memory (and finish her to do list) are her two sons: Dennis Coleman of Vienna,OH and Michael Coleman of Kittanning. They ensured her last days were spent with the best care and as much comfort as possible. Special thanks to the VNA Hospice Services, as well as her physician Philip Gelacek.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Charles H. Coleman, who passed away on May 26, 2011 as well as various other relatives and friends. Family and friends will be received to say “toodaloo” on Wednesday December 4, 2019 from 2:00 – 4:00pm and 7:00 – 9:00pm in the Kennedy & Blodgett Funeral Home, 253 North Grant Ave., Kittanning, Pa 16201. Parting Prayers will be held in the funeral home on Thursday December 5, 2019 at 10:30 am followed by a funeral mass at 11:00am in St. Mary Our Lady of Guadalupe Roman Catholic Church, with Father Victor S. Baguna officiating. Burial will follow in Lawn Haven Burial Estates.
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