Maria L. Coleman

November 27, 1922 - March 2, 2008

11/27/1922 - 03/02/2008

Past Services

Wednesday March 05, 2008
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Elm Grove
154 Kruger Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
Additional Information:

2-4 and 6-8 pm

Thursday March 06, 2008
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Elm Grove
154 Kruger Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
Additional Information:

2-4 and 6-8 pm

Friday March 07, 2008
Mt. Calvary Cemetery Wheeling
National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
Friday March 07, 2008
10:00 am
St. Michael Catholic Church - Wheeling
1225 National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
242-1560 | Directions

COLEMAN, Maria L. Wiethe, 85, of Wheeling, died Sunday, March 2, 2008 in Wheeling Hospital.

Maria was born November 27, 1922 in Wheeling, a daughter of the late Joseph and Lucy Hatterer Wiethe. She was the former owner & operator of Coleman’s Fish Market, Wheeling, which her father-in-law opened in 1914.

Maria was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, Wheeling; the Christian Mothers at St. Michaels; the Wheeling Hospital Ladies Auxiliary; the Friends of Wheeling; the A.A.R.P.; the Sisters of St. Joseph Auxiliary; the Good Zoo Friends; and the Oglebay Institute. She was also a Wheeling Symphony Sponsor, and member emeritus of the Seeing Hand Board.

In addition to her parents, Maria was preceded in death by her husband of 27 years, Raymond E. Coleman, in 1973.

She is survived by a son, Joseph Coleman and his wife, Maureen of Wheeling; five daughters, Mary L. Rich and her husband, Joseph of McMechen, Patricia Cunningham and her husband, Dave of Mozart, Paula Tillman and her husband, Gary of La Jolla, Calif., Michelle Bruner and her husband, James of Germany, and Christina Brooks and her husband, Terry of Florida; fifteen grandchildren, Laurie Rector, Anita Albert, Jodi Coleman, Aaron Tillman, Robert Coleman, Joseph Coleman, Scarlett Gransberg, Shaun Cunningham, Adriane Tillman, Michael Tillman, Renie Tillman, Sheena Cunningham, Paul Tillman, Jadyn Brooks and Anicah Brooks; and three great-grandchildren, Nathan Coleman, Kayden Coleman and Kaitlyn Gransberg.

Friends will be received from 6-8 pm Wednesday, and 2-4 and 6-8 pm, Thursday at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Elm Grove Chapel, 154 Kruger Street, Wheeling, where a vigil service will be held at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am, Friday, March 7, 2008 at St. Michael Catholic Church, with the Rev. Chris Turner as celebrant. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Catholic Charities, 125 18th Street Wheeling, West Virginia.

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Fred Brooks
8 years ago

Christine, So sorry for your loss. We are praying for you and your family that God would comfort you all in this difficult time.

Fred and Pam

Nina Gartrell
8 years ago

Coleman Family,

I have many fond memories of Mrs Coleman from working at the fish market. She was a very kind lady and will be missed.

Nina and Sonny Gartrell Jim Alberts’ sister

Jennifer Nau Naum
8 years ago

Dear Christine and Family, I was saddened to hear of the loss of your Mother. I remember her as a very kind, hardworking Mom. She always made me feel welcome in her home on the many nights I had a sleepover with Christine in grade school. I hope that you will find comfort in knowing that she is at Home now. Sincerely, Jennifer Naum

LeAnn C Cook
8 years ago

Joe, Mary Lee and siblings:

May thoughts of all your mother meant; Of the love she gave, and the good times spent as a family.

Bring you peace and comfort. And may these things enable you to keep your mother close to you in your heart. I remember both of your parents when we were growing up, back in the days of St Joan of Arc Church and School.

The loss of a parent is difficult because from them we began….

My prayers are with all of you at this time. Please accept my humble words and thoughts of sympathy. May the love of both of your parents give you comfort at this time and joy in future days.



Gwen Gransberg
8 years ago

Our family is deeply saddened to hear of Grandma Coleman’s death. We feel like we know her, through all that Scarlett has shared, and are particularly sorry that we did not get to meet her in person. The impact she made on her family’s lives will be felt through many generations, and her loss will leave a deep hole in your lives. We pray for God’s comfort to you now, and in the future.

Thank you, Maria, for your family. Through you, we have a precious daughter and granddaughter. You accepted Nils and loved him as your own. We will be forever grateful and appreciative for those gifts to us!

With love,

The Gransberg family

Nancy Padden
8 years ago

To Joe and the rest of the Coleman family,

I remember your mother well. She was a kind and thoughtful woman. As a travel agent, I became personally involved in your family’s travel arrangements. I can remember Maria’s excitement of traveling to Germany to see her daughter. I shared that with her and it makes me smile to think of that time. I imagine you are smiling too through you tears of sadness. Its never easy to lose your Mother, but hold the thought that she is in a better place than the rest of us. My deepest condolences to all of you at this difficult time.

Sylvia McNeil
8 years ago

To let you know many thoughts and prayers are with you and yours–Take care-keep the faith and May God Bless you with His Peace and Love–“When someone you love becomes a memory,that memory becomes a treasure!”–Sincerely Sylvia and Dan McNeil–Loyal Customers

Ken Warble,Jr
8 years ago

To the Coleman family,

Please except our heart-felt condolences and know that your in our thoughts and prayers.

I used to take care of your Mom’s yard and lawn-care needs from about 1987 to 1990.

She was always so nice to me and my family during those very financially tough times.

Maria and Ethel Stimac were always my favorite customers and we considered them friends of the family.

They were very proud of their children and we would have long conversations about the children’s accomplishments and their day-to-day lives.

Please know that it was an honor for my family and I to have known your Mom on a personal basis and that she will always occupy a very special place in our hearts.

Stay strong and take comfort in your memories of this very cool lady. :


Kenny,Pam,K.C. Halley,and Zachary.