Erma Coleman

Obituary of Erma M. Coleman

WHITESVILLE: Erma M. Coleman, 81, of Main St. passed away Saturday afternoon June 20, 2020 at the Highland Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility in Wellsville following a brief stay. Erma was born March 26, 1939 in the town of West Union to the late Freeman and Agnes (Teater) McAllister. On January 10, 1958 in Whitesville she married Dale C. Coleman who survives and resides in Whitesville. Erma was a life-long resident of Whitesville where she raised her family and was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She had attended the Whitesville Central School prior to her marriage and in 1969 returned to obtain her high school diploma. She was a 60-year member of the New York Rural Letter Carrier’s Auxiliary and was very active in the lives of her children and grandchildren. In addition to her husband Dale, to whom she was married to for 62 years, Erma is survived by a son Leon (Lynette) Coleman of Whitesville, and a daughter Laurie (Jeff) Tate of Williamsport, Pa., 7 grandchildren: Ashley (Paul Chaffee) Coleman of Canisteo, Zachary (Keri) Coleman of Geneseo, Trevor (Haylee Jordan) Coleman of Alfred Station, Lindsay (Jared) Shipman, Alan (Alison Cleary) Tate, Garyn Tate and Taylor (Felicia) Tate all of Williamsport, Pa. 10 great grandchildren: Avoriaunna, Sophia, Ostin, Evelyn, Miles, Serenity, Melanie, Chase, Nora and Evan. She is also survived by two sisters, Elaine Pierri and Elizabeth (Wayne) Thompson, a brother, Michael McAllister, sisters-in-law, Barbara McAllister Thompson, Lois McAllister and Doris Coleman Montgomery and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents Erma was predeceased by a sister Ellen Buckley and brothers, James and Larry McAllister. The family will receive friends from 1-2 pm Saturday, June 27 at the H.P. Smith & Son, Inc. Funeral Home, 29 East Main St. in Canisteo. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, social distancing and facial masks will be monitored during visitation for public safety. Memorial contributions in Erma’s name may be made to the Independence Emergency Squad, Main St. Whitesville, N.Y. 14897.


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Saturday, June 27, 2020
H.P. Smith & Son, Inc. Funeral Home - Canisteo
29 East Main Street
Canisteo, New York, United States
(607) 698-4552

A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

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