Barbara J. Coleman (Gruse), a lifelong resident of New Rochelle, passed away peacefully on February 19, 2015 surrounded by her loving family. She was 82.
Barbara was born on September 11, 1932, to the late Henry A. Gruse, Jr. and Katherine L. “Tootsie” O’Keefe.
Dearest wife of 60 years to John J. Coleman who survives her. Beloved mother of Kathleen Kelly (James), Barbara Buono (Joseph), John Jr. (Debbie), Monica Frenza (Kenneth), William and Jennifer (Eric). Cherished “Nana” to Lauren (Brian), Kenneth (Kristen), Douglas (Shauna), John (Brittney), James, Deirdre (Greg), Samantha, Christopher, Ryan and Hannah. Great-grandmother to Jaden, Jack and Benjamin.
In addition she is survived by her brother Henry A. Gruse III as well as several relatives and friends.
She worked for many years at Salesian Missions in New Rochelle and was a member of the Blessed Mother’s Sodality of Holy Name of Jesus Church as well as a member of Our Lady of Assumption Guild, Osterville, MA.
She will be remembered often for her devotion to God and family, her infectious smile and her enthusiasm for life.
Visiting Monday 2-7pm at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel, 16 Shea Pl, New Rochelle. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday 9:30 at Holy Name Church. Interment will follow at Pelham Cemetery, City Island. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Holy Name Church, New Rochelle, NY.