Judith Ann Coffeen Thursday, April 25, 1940 - Thursday, August 3, 2017

Judith Ann Coffeen, 77, a resident of Eau Claire for 46 years, died Thursday night, August 3, 2017, at her home.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 8, at Bowerman Funeral Home, Eau Claire, where friends may gather beginning at noon. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Sodus. Online messages may be left for the family at www.bowermanfuneral.com, and memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Judith was born April 25, 1940, in Jeffersonville, Indiana, the daughter of Carl and Mary (Smith) Callaway. In addition to caring for her family, she was an elementary school teacher for Dowagiac Union Schools. She was a member of the Dowagiac Education Association, Michigan Education Association, National Education Association, and St. Joseph/Benton Harbor Elks. Her special likes included teaching (especially the Dowagiac community), camping, gardening, antiquing, and time with her family.

She is survived by her husband, David Coffeen; son, Ted Coffeen; daughters, Kelly (Mark) Gaddie and Karri (Rob Stauffer) Coffeen; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two sisters, Mary Lou (Michael) Rhowed and Sandy Kay Sech.

She was preceded in death by her parents. 


Join us on August 8, 2017, Noon - 1 p.m. Tuesday

Bowerman Funeral Home, 6635 East Main Street, Eau Claire, MI 49111

Join us on August 8, 2017, 1 p.m. Tuesday

Bowerman Funeral Home, 6635 East Main Street, Eau Claire, MI 49111

Karri and Rob, you are in our thoughts and prayers. I knew your mom from Honor CU. She was always smiling when she came in. So sorry for your loss.


Tom and Jackie Woltman

Dear Mr. Coffeen, We wish to send you and your family our sympathy and prayers  in the loss of your wife Judy.  Sincerely,

Ken and Margie Karn, P.O. Box 219 Eau Claire,MI 49111

The Gatchell family send condolences to Judy's family.  May she rest in peace.

Just a word from one of Sandy's high school friends, I send my sympathy to you all for the loss of a very precious and dear "big" sister.  Just like Mary and Carl, both of Sandy's sisters treated us teenagers so well and were so geninely interested in whatever we were doing.

Please know we grieve with you all.  I do not get the paper so realized too late about this loss.  My apologies for missing the visitation and funeral.

It was my honor to know their whole family Mary and Carl and Mary Lou and of course Judy and my beloved Sandy so sad and sorry for you all Jeanine

My knowing  Judy goes back more than 50 years het sister Sandy was my friend and I was always welcome in their home with Mary and  Carl and Mary Lou my honor to have known their family

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Dave--So sorry for your family's loss. My favorite memory of Judy is hearing her tales of House of David. They were most interesting!

I am not able to attend the funeral due to visiting sisters, workmen in the house, and babysitting the granddaughters while their parent are on the road. My thoughts are with your family.


What an amazing lady!  My son had her as a teacher at McKinley and he just loved her.  She  loved being a teacher and loved all of her students.  I enjoyed the time I spent in the classroom volunteering for different occasions and field trips.  You will be missed.  Thoughts with the entire family.

I am so sorry for your family's loss. You'll be in my thoughts and I wish you all the best as you go through this hard time.

Sorry to hear the news about Judy. Sincere sympathy to you,Dave, and to the family. Chuck and I are thinking of you and sending our prayer.  Judy was a great lady and she will be missed by all. 


I am so sorry to hear of Judy's passing. She & Dave helped me so much the one & only year I coached summer softball for the young girls. Dave would ump for me & Judy kept score. What a wonderful family they are & my condolences to all of you! She was definitely a special lady!

Mrs. Coffeen was my teacher at McKinley in Dowagiac about 30 years ago. I will never forget her warm smile & genuine love for her students.  My condolences to her family. She was a special lady who touched many lives & will always be my favorite teacher. 

Dear Dave and Family,Wish I could be there, am with you in love and thoughts. Judy will always be with me in memory as my oldest cousin. I remember when she happily married you Dave.  Mary Lou moved up and got her own bedroom.! Miss you all. Stay close and find strenghth with each other and faith.  Love, Vicki

Dave amd Karri: Sorry to hear of Judy's passing. Although I didn't know her personally, you always spoke highly of her as did other friends of mine who were acquaintances of her. I know you'll both be fine but it will take some time. You are both very strong people.

Thinking of you.


She was such a Joy to care for she told me she loved me everyday and I told her back . Her spirit was so kind and Loving . Im so happy I was able to meet her and get to know her for the short time she was in my care. My Condolences to all those who love her.

Such a sweet and caring woman. I'll always remember the days at the E.C. football games when she would stand in as "mom" for me when I had no one to represent me. Those memories have stayed with me all these years. She was a special lady. I'm sad to hear that she's gone. God has a special place for special people. R.I.H. Mrs Coffeen. Love


Judy was truly amazing! Her famous thing she did and said, "This is the best class I have ever had!" Judy said this every single year! What was truly amazing is that no matter what class she had she ALWAYS made it the best class she ever had! Judy was one of the most committed and loving humans I have ever been honored to know!

Judy is fondly remembered for her kind and loving ways. The sadness will take its place as her memory will live on in our hearts.

She was a very special person who touched so many lives. She was one of my daughters favorite teachers at McKinley. The world has lost a beautiful soul!

Judy was a special lady! Loved her so much! She touched so many lives while teaching at McKinley elementary in Dowagiac!