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Diana Elisabeth Coffey

Diana Elisabeth Coffey

Female 1918 - 2011  (93 years)

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  • Name Diana Elisabeth Coffey 
    Born 22 Mar 1918  Wellman, Washington County, IA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Census 3 Jan 1920  Wellman, Washington County, IA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1920 Federal Census, Iowa, Washington County, Lime Creek Township, Supervisor's District No. 90, Enumeration District No. 133, Sheet 2B.
    1920 Federal Census, Iowa, Washington County, Lime Creek Township, Supervisor's District No. 90, Enumeration District No. 133, Sheet 2B.
    1920 Federal Census, Iowa, Washington County, Lime Creek Township, Supervisor's District No. 90, Enumeration District No. 133, Sheet 2B.
    Census 1925  Wellman, Washington County, IA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1925 Iowa Census, Washington County, Wellman, page 46.
    1925 Iowa Census, Washington County, Wellman, page 46.
    1925 Iowa Census, Washington County, Wellman, page 46.
    Census 2 Apr 1930  Wellman, Washington County, IA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1930 Federal Census, Iowa, Washington County, Lime Creek Township, Enumeration District 92-16, Sheet 1B.
    1930 Federal Census, Iowa, Washington County, Lime Creek Township, Enumeration District 92-16, Sheet 1B.
    1930 Federal Census, Iowa, Washington County, Lime Creek Township, Enumeration District 92-16, Sheet 1B.
    Census 13 Apr 1940  Wellman, Washington County, IA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1940 Federal Census, Iowa, Washington County, Wellman Town, Enumeration District 92-16, Sheet 11A.
    1940 Federal Census, Iowa, Washington County, Wellman Town, Enumeration District 92-16, Sheet 11A.
    1940 Federal Census, Iowa, Washington County, Wellman Town, Enumeration District 92-16, Sheet 11A.
    Address 1981  Halcyon House, Washington, Washington County, IA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 20 Jun 2011  Halcyon House, Washington, Washington County, IA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Diana Elisabeth Coffey Halda, age 93, of Washington, Iowa died Monday, June 20, 2011 at the Halcyon House in Washington following a an enduring illness.

      Mass of the Resurrection will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 24, 2011 at St. James Catholic Church in Washington with Father Troy Richmond officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Friday in Tobin Hall at St. James Catholic Church, prior to the mass. Interment will take place at the Elm Grove Cemetery in Washington, Iowa. Memorials have been established for "Diana's Place" at Halcyon House. Online condolences may be sent for Diana's family through the web at www.jonesfh.com.

      Diana Elisabeth Halda was born March 22, 1918 in Wellman, Iowa the daughter of Elmer Ivan and Lola (Oldaker) Coffey. She attended school in Wellman until her senior year when she moved with her family to Iowa City and transferred to Iowa City High School where she graduated in 1935. She worked at the Wellman Advance the next two years before entering Coe College in 1937. She graduated from Coe College in 1941. Diana taught vocal music and English in Ainsworth Consolidated Schools for the next two years.

      On December 23, 1942, Diana was united in marriage to Ensign Francis Halda, USNR, of Cedar Rapids at Immaculate Conception Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. When she was in her forties, she attended Richmond Professional Institute (now Commonwealth University) in Richmond, Virginia and Rosary College (now Dominican University) in River Forest, Illinois where she received her M.A. in Library Science in 1968. She was named to Beta Phi Mu, international honorary library science fraternity. Diana was a librarian at Highland Park Elementary School in Richmond, Virginia, librarian at Maine South High School in Park Ridge, Illinios, head librarian at Prospect High School in Mount Prospect, Illinois and was supervisor of Library Technical Services for High School District 214 in Illinois.

      Upon retirement in 1981, she and her husband moved to Halcyon House in Washington, Iowa. When Lillian Dehne, administrator of Halcyon House, learned that Diana had librarian experience, she asked Diana to be the librarian a Halcyon. Diana's husband, Francis, was interested in the library too. He helped shelve the books and gave much financial help to buy the books. The library was designated "Diana's Place" in 2008.

      During her lifetime, Diana was a member of St. James Catholic Church, DAR, DAC, and AAUW and was active in PTA, Delta Delta Delta sorority, Questers, Fortnightly and Chapter J PEO. She was named to Who's Who of American Women in the 1970's. In 2008, Diana received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Iowa Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.

      She is survived by her daughter Mary Diana Simpson of Hackettstown, New Jersey; son Anthony Halda and wife Jodi of Klamath Falls, Oregon; six grandchildren including: Rob Simpson and wife Kim of Carlstadt, New Jersey; Mike Simpson and wife Julia of Camp Red Cloud, South Korea; Jim Simpson and wife Melanie Lynskey of Los Angeles, California; Shannon Halda Wipf of Portland, Oregon; Jennie Lee and husband Jack of Klamath Falls, Oregon; Anthony Halda and wife Shannan of Klamath Falls, Oregon; great grandchildren: Hannah and Logan Lee; Katie and Andrew Halda of Klamath Falls, Oregon; Zoe Christine Fernandez of Portland, Oregon; Nicholas Simpson of Camp Red Cloud, South Korea; and Francis Raymond Simpson of Carlstadt, New Jersey; as well as many nieces and nephews including Jean Morrison Macenski and husband Dan of Washington, Iowa.

      Diana was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 2006, brothers, Max Coffey, Hubert Coffey, Francis Coffey and Dr. Jim Coffey and sisters Marcia Morgan, Helen Grass, Kathleen Morrison and Jean Gray, as well as many nieces and nephews.
    Buried Elm Grove Cemetery, Washington, Washington County, IA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1064  Helms Family
    Last Modified 23 Oct 2017 

    Father Elmer Ivan Coffey,   b. 12 Aug 1880, Wellman, Washington County, IA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jun 1948, Cedar Rapids, Linn County, IA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Mother Lola Edna Oldaker,   b. 26 Jun 1880, Iowa County, IA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jun 1954  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 1 Jan 1902 
    Family ID F364  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Francis Halda,   b. 6 Mar 1915, Cedar Rapids, Linn County, IA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 2006, Iowa City, Johnson County, IA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 23 Dec 1942  Immaculate Conception Church, Cedar Rapids, Linn County, IA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. M.D. Halda
     2. F.A. Halda
    Last Modified 1 Aug 2014 
    Family ID F556  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 22 Mar 1918 - Wellman, Washington County, IA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 3 Jan 1920 - Wellman, Washington County, IA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1925 - Wellman, Washington County, IA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 2 Apr 1930 - Wellman, Washington County, IA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 13 Apr 1940 - Wellman, Washington County, IA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 23 Dec 1942 - Immaculate Conception Church, Cedar Rapids, Linn County, IA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAddress - 1981 - Halcyon House, Washington, Washington County, IA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Jun 2011 - Halcyon House, Washington, Washington County, IA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Elm Grove Cemetery, Washington, Washington County, IA, USA Link to Google Earth
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    Photo of Diana Coffey Halda.
    Photo of Diana Coffey Halda.
    Photo of Diana Coffey Halda.