Edward Eloy Coffey, 78


Edward Eloy Coffey, 78, Suring, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, following a short illness. He was 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 during that time he married Gloria Pinkert on July 19, 1958, in Milwaukee. He was employed by 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 moved to Suring in 1978 and Ed retired from Gillett Public School. He lived at Meadowlands Assisted Living in Oconto Falls for the last year.

He was a member of St. Michaelís Catholic Church in Suring and the American Legion Post No. 283. He enjoyed driving horses, house painting, fishing, playing cards, and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Ed is survived by his son, Dennis (Debra) Coffey of Suring; three daughters, Denise (Bob) School of Suring, Maureen (Randy) Pagel of Oconto Falls, 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.

Ed was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria on April 24, 2008; a daughter, Erin; a grandson Chad Pagel; two sisters, Jean Klein, Kate Stout; and three brothers, Leo Coffey, Donald Coffey and Larry Coffey.

Visitation will be held at Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, from 9-11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Michael Catholic Church at 11:30 a.m. with the Rev. Dean Dombroski officiating. Ed will be laid to rest next to his wife Gloria in St. Michael Catholic Church Cemetery with Military Rites. Online condolences can be expressed at www.gruetzmacherfuneralhome.com.