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Nancy Coleman

June 8, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

COLEMAN, Nancy Weir Voellinger, 89, of Woodlawn Court, Woodsdale, Wheeling, retired educator, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, June 3, 2013.

She was surrounded by family and those she loved. Nancy was the widow of John J. Coleman and the mother of one daughter, Ann Weir Coleman of Wheeling.

Nancy was born on July 30, 1923, in Wheeling, West Virginia, the youngest of the three daughters of the late George Philip and Mayme Weir Voellinger of Warwood.

She attended both Corpus Christi and Warwood Grade School and graduated from Warwood High School in 1941. Nancy completed her four year degree at West Liberty State College and amassed numerous graduate credits from West Virginia University to further her teaching career.

Nancy believed in the value of education and life-long learning. Nancy taught elementary school at many locations in the Ohio County School District, including Madison, Bridge Street, and Steenrod Elementary. She spent her career in the primary grades, and, as first grade teacher, was loved by many. She took a 10-year hiatus from full time teaching when her daughter was born, starting private kindergartens at Edgwood Lutheran and Christ Methodist Churches in the Woodsdale section of Wheeling.

She returned to Ohio County Schools in 1965 and retired from Steenrod in 1989. After retirement, she continued her involvement with Ohio County Schools by organizing welcome activities for exchange students at Wheeling Park High School and tutoring students of varied grade levels in her home. Nancy's energy and enthusiasm for her young students was endless. She had a special knack for recognizing that each was special and accomplished in some way.

Nancy married John J. "Jack" Coleman on June 19, 1948, at the former Sacred Heart Church in North Wheeling. Their 62-year marriage was a shared journey of compassion and love.

In addition to her family and teaching responsibilities, Nancy found time to give back to the community. She was a member and former 2nd Vice President of the Women's Club Of Wheeling, where she led the Environmental Committee.

Nancy was recognized in October, 2012 for 25 years of membership in the General Federation of Women's Clubs. She was also a member of the Ohio County Retired Teacher's Association and The Confraternity of Christian Mothers at St. Michael's Parish. Nancy was a former member of Alpha Xi Delta Alumni, Alpha Delta Kappa Teacher Honorary, International Reading Association, Junior Women's Club of Warwood, Ohio Valley Language Arts Council, Steenrod PTA, and the Wheeling Symphony Auxiliary.

She was a private real estate investor in the rental market. Nancy enjoyed traveling with her husband and together they completed many trips including European tours, visits to Hawaii, and a trans-Atlantic cruise on the QE2.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack, in January of 2011; her mother and father-in-law, the former Judge Leo A. and Margaret Giles Coleman; her two sisters, Mary Ellen Rice of Wheeling and Katherine (Kitty) Williams of Warwood; brothers-in-law Frank Logsdon Rice and Paul Williams; nephews, George Williams and also Frederic Wizba of Wheeling. She was also proceeded in death by sisters-in-law, Peggy Coleman Torrence of Xenia, Ohio, and her husband Finley, Kathleen Coleman Hastings of Basking Ridge, N.J. and her husband Kevin, and Barbara Ann Coleman Dowling of Homestead, Florida and her husband, William, and Rosalind Coleman McCulley of Warrenton Virginia; brother-in-law, Gerard G. Coleman of Annapolis Md.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by sister-in-law, Molly Coleman of Annapolis, Maryland, and brother-in-law, James A. McCulley of Warrenton, Virginia. She is also survived by many loving nieces including Nancy Ellen Rice O'Leary (John) and Katherine Williams Banco (John) of Wheeling and nephews Laurence P. Williams (Janie) of Warwood, and Frederic Williams (Sandra) of Columbia, South Carolina. She is also survived by nieces and nephews-in-law; Gary Coleman (Marilyn) of Oak Hill, Virginia; Katchen Coleman Pruiett (Tom) of Camp Hill, Pa; Lisa Coleman Kiszka of West Chester, Pennsylvania; Jeff Coleman (Maggie) of Clearwater, Florida; David Torrence (Lisa) of Sewickley, Pennsylvania; Carolyn McCulley of Arlington, Virginia; Alice McCulley Barber (Fred) of Frisco, Texas; Beth McCulley Oman (Andrew) of Fairfax, Virginia; Michael Dowling of Purcellville, Virginia; and Megan Dowling of Redondo Beach, California.

Friends will be received on Friday, June 7, 2013, from 4-8 p.m. at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, Elm Grove Chapel at 154 Kruger Street, Wheeling, where the Vigil service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at 10 a.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church, National Road, Wheeling, with Rev. Jeremiah F. McSweeney, Pastor, as celebrant.

Burial at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.

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