BANGOR – Katherine L. "Kitty" Coleman, 90, a resident of Ross Manor, Bangor, and formerly of Greene, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, Nov. 15, 2011, at a Bangor health care facility. She was born July 3, 1921, in Philadelphia, daughter of Henry and Mabel (Weddell) Grubnau. Soon thereafter, her family moved to Limerick.
Katherine was educated in Portland schools and graduated from Cape Elizabeth High School, class of 1940. After high school, she attended Katherine Gibbs School of Business, Portland. On March 10, 1955, Kitty married Harry Coleman, who predeceased her in 1994. She was a devoted Cathloic and longtime communicant of St. Francis Church, Greene. Among her favorite enjoyments were quality times with her family and grandchildren, flowers of all types and especially her deep love of horses from a young age. For many years Kitty and Harry owned and operated Coleman Stables, Lewiston, caring for and training of harness racing horses. Her husband, Harry, was also a longtime and well-known driver as they traveled and raced all throughout Maine and New England for many years. She was a loving, devoted and hardworking wife, mother and grandmother who will be dearly missed.
She leaves two sons, Michael Coleman and wife, Sheila, of Holden, and Tim Coleman and wife, Louise, of Lewiston; daughter, Patricia Varnum and husband, Luke, of Greene; seven grandchildren, Patrick Coleman and wife, Lori, Katie Coleman, Sean Clements, Alison Coleman, Ryan Coleman, Katherine Varnum, and Laura Varnum; and three great-grandchildren, Ellen, Audrey and Eli Coleman. The family thanks all staff and residents at Ross Manor for the compassion, care and friendship shown to Kitty during her many years there.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Sabattus. Graveside committal prayers will be afterward at Valley Cemetery, Route 202, Greene. At her request, there are no visiting hours. A service of The Fortin Group/Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Service, 217 Turner St., Auburn. You are invited to share your thoughts, condolences and fond memories with Katherine’s family by visiting their guest book at