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Earldene J. Koffman

Thursday, January 27, 2011

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Earldene J. (Braune) Koffman, 83, of Orlando, Fla., and formerly of Merrill, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, in Florida.

Earldene J. Koffman, daughter of Ira and Jessie (Montgomery) Johns, was born Sept. 3, 1927, in Onawa. The family lived in Onawa during Earldene's early years, then they moved to Merrill. She attended school in Merrill and graduated from Merrill High School.

After high school, Earldene married Norman Braune, and two daughters, Sheila and Paula, were born. Earldene and Norman lived in San Diego, Calif., for a brief time before returning to Merrill. In the early 1950s, they moved to Florida and she stayed home to raise the girls. Earldene then worked as a secretary for Ardamen Associates in Pinecastle, Fla. Earldene and Norman later divorced.

On Dec. 26, 1967, Earldene was united in marriage to James Koffman in Orlando. She worked as an executive secretary for David Albertson, Inc. for several years until her retirement.

During retirement, Earldene and Jim enjoyed traveling and visiting with family. She also sang in the Sunshine Choir for several years.

Earldene was a member of the Women's Better Business Bureau of Orlando.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, James C. Koffman of Orlando, Fla.; two daughters: Sheila Pappas and husband Charles of Renton, Wash., and Paula Schubert and husband Frank of Durham, N.C.; two grandchildren, Scott Pappas of Marina Del Rey, Calif., and Lisa Canini and husband Jacob of Auburn, Wash.; three nieces and one nephew: Shirley Fender and husband, Bert of Onawa, Nancy Foster of Norfolk, Neb., Carol DeLashmutt and husband, Dean of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Ted Golden and wife, Sherry of Turin; many great-nieces and nephews; Jim's family in Tennessee; cousins; other relatives and many friends.

Earldene was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Lauretta Golden and husband, Maurice; one nephew, Maurice Golden; and one cousin, Jimmy Fox.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Pearson Funeral Home in Onawa, with the Rev. Angela Gafford Asmus officiating. Burial will be at Onawa Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made at www.pearsonwoodwillman.com.