Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
December 28, 2011 11:36 am EST


HOWARD — Joseph T. Coleman II, 90 of Howard, and formerly of Olean, N.Y., passed away Dec. 23, 2011, at Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon.

He was born Dec. 23, 1921, in Rankin, Pa., to the late Joseph and Rose (McNulty) Coleman. Joseph served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He earned his master’s degree in French and German from Middlebury College in Vermont, and his Ph.D. in French from the University of Pittsburgh. Joe served as a Professor of Modern Languages for 50 years at St. Bonaventure University.

He is survived by his children, Janice Coleman of Fairfield, Iowa, Joseph T. Coleman III and Craig Coleman, both of Olean, N.Y., Mary (Mark) Crippen of Mount Vernon; six grandchildren; two brothers, Bill (Dawn) Coleman of Garland, Texas, and Lew (Jane) Coleman of Manchester, N.J.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Alma (Drnevich) Coleman; his second wife, Madeleine (Lallier) Coleman; two brothers, Jake Coleman and Ray Coleman.

Joe, we are going to miss your wit and endearing personality. We will always remember how nice it was to talk with you over a cup of coffee or take a walk with you on the land that you loved.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held Thursday, Dec. 29, at 10 a.m. at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church. The Rev. Father James Bacco will be celebrant. Burial with military honors will follow at the St. Bonaventure Cemetery in Olean, N.Y.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion or to St. Bonaventure University.

The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to have been chosen to serve the family of Joseph T. Coleman II.

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