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Edward Eloy Coffey
Edward Eloy Coffey, 78, Suring passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 24 following a short illness.
Born to the late Eloy and Mary (McNamara) Coffey in the Town of Erin on March 14, 1935, he served in the Army National Guard for 14 years and married Gloria Pinkert on July 19, 1958 in Milwaukee.
He worked for the United States Postal Service as a mail carrier while also farming in Johnson Creek. After moving from the farm in the late 1970s, the couple owned and operated The Pines Resort in Crooked Lake. They then moved to Suring in 1978 where he retired from Gillett Public School.
He lived at Meadowlands Assisted Living in Oconto Falls for the last year. A member of St. Michaels Catholic Church in Suring and American Legion Post #283, he enjoyed driving horses, house painting, fishing, playing cards, and especially spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by a son, Dennis (Debra) Coffey of Suring; three daughters, Denise (Bob) School of Suring, Maureen (Randy) Pagel of Oconto Falls and Michele (Kurt) Deneys of Howard; 10 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Mickey Coffey of Milwaukee; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria on April 24, 2008; a daughter, Erin; a grandson, Chad Pagel; two sisters, Jean Klein and Kate Stout and three brothers, Leo Coffey, Donald Coffey, and Larry Coffey.
Visitation was held at Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial followed at St. Michael Catholic Church at 11:30 a.m. with Father Dean Dombroski officiating. He will be laid to rest next to his wife in St. Michael Catholic Church Cemetery with Military Rites.
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