Constance “Connie” Mae Coffman

Constance “Connie” Mae Coffman, 94, of Crawfordsville died at 7:42 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Hospital East in Lafayette.

Connie was born April 10, 1920, at Covington, the daughter of William Sherman and Lennie Leon (Holycross) Smail.

Connie graduated from Covington School in 1938  She was a telephone operator in Covington. Connie and her sister sang a duet in the area and appeared on the National Barn Dance. She was employed at JC Penney in Crawfordsville for several years.

Connie married Don Coffman on Dec. 19, 1943, at Covington, and he died Feb. 21, 1993.

Surviving is son Scott Coffman of Lafayette; grandson Dustin Cronk of Delphi; brothers, William L. Smail and Sherman Eugene “Lennie” Smail, both of Covington; and sister Anita Kronst of Bourbonnais, Ill.

Her parents and two sisters preceded her in death. 

Graveside services at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Mount Hope Cemetery, with Bill Cook officiating. Shelby Funeral Home is assisting the family. 

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Robert Eugene Peterman

Robert Eugene Peterman, 93, of Crawfordsville passed away peacefully at 8:04 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, in his home.

He was born Jan. 25, 1921, at Indianapolis, to John Leo and Nellie (Hess) Peterman. He married Avanell Jackson on June 9, 1940, in Crawfordsville, and they recently celebrated 74 years of marriage. She survives.

Bob was a carpenter and interior decorator for most of his life. He had many talents including music and art. He was a member of the Sonlight Weslyan Church; attended New Ross High School; played with the “Back Porch Pickers”; and recently enjoyed sitting on the back porch watching the birds and feeding his squirrels some peanuts by hand.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter Rose Anna (Donald) Kincaid and sons, Robert (Ginny) Peterman and David Peterman, all of Crawfordsville. Also surviving is his brother, Richard (Elanor) Peterman and his sister-in-law Marilyn Peterman, both of Crawfordsville; 12 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Tom Peterman; sister Mary Sutton; and grandson Matthew Peterman.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at Powers-Priebe Funeral Home, with Pastor Keith Jones officiating. Burial will follow at the Mace Community Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from noon until the service time.

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