Sophia Coggins

August 24, 1927 - April 26, 2015

08/24/1927 - 04/26/2015

Sophia Coggins, 87, of Harrisonburg, VA formerly of Shadyside, OH died Sunday, April 26, 2015 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Richmond, VA.

She was born August 24, 1927 in Shadyside a daughter of the late Charles and Mary Schur.

Sophie was a homemaker and a member of Saints Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church, Moundsville, WV., Shadyside American Legion Post 521 Auxiliary. She enjoyed sports, crocheting, baking, helping others, but most of all, spending quality time with her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward J. Coggins in March of 2006; five brothers, Frank and Michael Schur, George, Charlie and Alex Galbaitch and an infant sister.

Surviving are four sons, John Gerri Coggins of Richmond, Mark Marla Coggins of Harrisonburg, David Kathleen Coggins of Geneva, OH and Daniel Sherry Coggins of Largo, FL; eight grandchildren, Rebecca, Rachel, Eric, Lauren, Vickie, Jessica, Alexa and Anthony.

Friends will be received Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 2-4 & 6-8 pm at Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory 3900 Central Avenue Shadyside, OH 43947 where funeral services will be held Friday at 11 am with Very Reverend Michael Zahirsky officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Bellaire, OH.

A Parastas Service will be held at 7 pm Thursday in the funeral home.

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Ed Good
8 years ago

Dear Coggins Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I truly miss being coached and mentored by Ed & Soph on many lessons of life while enjoying her baked goods in the kitchen.

Their friendship and guidance over the years is sorrowfully missed.

Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Ed Good

Kurt A Fondriest
8 years ago

Dear John, Mark, David and Danny, my dearest sympathy in the passing of your mother. Aunt Sophie was always caring friendly and loving. I have beautiful memories of childhood days in Shadyside. I hope you know she is now with our divine Creator and truly is dancing to her song of lifes celebration with Uncle Eddie!!! Much love and blessings

Cousin Kurt Fondriest

Susan Mansfield
8 years ago

I was very sorry to hear about Sophia’s passing. She will be missed by our parish family here at Holy Myrrhbearers . May God place her with the righteous.

Pete & Erin Cuffaro
8 years ago

John and Family:

Sorry to hear about your mother.

Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

With deepest sympathy,

Pete & Erin Cuffaro

Charles Dusch
8 years ago

John, please accept my deepest condolences, and those of my family too. I have very fond memories of your mother and her many kindnesses when I’d come over to your house in Shadyside. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. Sincerely, Charles Dusch

Tatiana Weller
8 years ago

Sophia became a member of Holy Myrrh bearers Russian Orthodox Church in Harrisonburg VA. We all loved her dearly. She as a very active member helping in many ways. I loved her dearly. I will always hear her singing with the choir. she loved to do that. She will be greatly missed.

Fr. Gabriel Weller
8 years ago

Sophia was a blessing to our church family in Harrisonburg, Va. She was always willing to volunteer. Matushka and I were able to visit with her after Theophany and we both realized what a gem she was. We served a Panikhída for her today immediately following the Liturgy service. Everyone stayed and prayed! She will be greatly missed by us at Holy Myrrhbearers.

Lester Ann Chimley
8 years ago

The Campbell kids loved their neighbors – Sophie, Eddie and Pappy Coggins. Because I live out of town, I knew I could always count on Sophie to look after my mother. Sophie was an angel in disguise. I can’t be there today but my thoughts and prayers are with all you boys. Sincerely, Trudy Campbell Chimley

Diana M Vitale
8 years ago

To all of the Coggins Family,

Please accept my condolences for the loss of life of Sophia. Kathy and Dave, know that she will be in my prayers and she is Resting In Peace with our Lord and looking down on all of her family. Prayers to all of her family also! May God Bless All of her family.



Donald & Barbara Opatka
8 years ago

To the Coggins Family,

We are sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Donald & Barbara Opatka

kelsey lee
8 years ago

To the family of Sophia Coggins,

I am sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in knowing that “Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18 With sympathy,