CONCORD, CALIF. – Josephine Coleman passed away Nov. 14, 2012. She was born Sept. 1, 1924, Josephine Pauline DiMarco, in Millinocket. Her parents were 1st generation Italian immigrants. She was part of a wonderful, large family. In addition to her parents, she had two sisters and four brothers. Sadly she lost her mother as a young teen.
Josie, as she was referred to by her family, was extremely proud of her Italian heritage and returned to Maine often from the west coast to attend the yearly Italian Festival/Family Reunion. As a young woman, she took a road trip with two girlfriends from the East Coast to California via Mexico. This showed her independent spirit. She ended up staying in the Los Angeles area, where she eventually got a job with Standard Oil/Chevron. While working there she met her future husband, Frank Coleman. They were married July 16, 1955. She became a full time homemaker and helped in caring for his two young daughters. The family made work related moves from southern California to Bellevue, Wash., in 1966 and then a few years later the two of them moved to Concord, Calif. In 1983, Frank retired from Chevron and the couple settled down in Springfield, Ore. She was a kind and soft hearted woman. She was truly a generous and gentle spirit. She embraced her husband’s love of the Oregon Ducks and was a constant presence at Daisy Duck meetings for years. However, she did continue her love of things New England; such as the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Celtics. She lost her husband in March 2010. In the past few years she also lost four of her siblings.
She is survived by her sister, Carmela; and her brother, Asperino, who still reside in Maine. She is also survived by her daughters, Donna Wilson of Springfield, Ore., and Norma Coleman of Maplewood, Minn.; three grandchildren, Bob Brooke and Tara Chapa, both of Zumbrota, Minn., and Court Wilson of Springfield, Ore.; six great-grandchildren, Madison and Coleman Brooke, Taylor and Trinity Chapa, and Isabella and Jack Wilson. We will cherish every moment she was with us in this earthly life. God gave us such a blessing to have her in our family.
There will be a small private service in Oregon and another service in Maine where she will be laid to rest. Remembrance donations may be made to Greenhill Humane Society Cattery. Please sign the guest book at www.registerguard.com/legacy.