Elizabeth Jean ‘Betty’ Coffey passed away Friday, April 10, 2020. Betty died peacefully surrounded by her family.
A Toronto native, Betty was born Sept. 6, 1936 in Steubenville, OH to Stanko and Mary Vosvick.
She was a 1954 graduate of Toronto High School. Immediately upon graduation she went to work in the office of the Louis Berkman Company at the former Follansbee Steel Corp. in Toronto. When the plant was sold, she continued working with the United Engineers and then Timet-Titanium Metals Corp. in Toronto until she retired.
After retiring, Betty attended Kent State University Ext. in East Liverpool. Upon completion of her courses, she donated her time at a local travel agency in exchange for the opportunity to use the computers and learn the travel business. The agency sent her to Houston, TX for further training. Her career in the travel industry was short lived because of her responsibilities to her husband Jim’s endeavors in Lions Club International.
From 1990 thru 1995, Betty traveled with Jim to 110 countries, every state in the United States and 7 provinces in Canada as he served as an International Officer and as International President from 1993-1994.
Betty was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Toronto and the Toronto Lions Club.
In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband James T. ‘Jim’ Coffey, her sister, Tina Luymes and her brother-in-law, Jim Whalen.
Betty is survived by her son, James D. ‘Jim’ Coffey and his wife Darci; her grandson, James T. Coffey II and his wife Erica; her sister, Mary Ann Whalen; her brother, Stanko Vosvick and his wife Karen, all of Toronto; the mother of her grandson, Linda Coffey and many nieces and nephews.
Betty was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister and grandmother. She touched many lives with her kindness and generous spirit. She enriched the lives of her many friends and family and provided them with immeasurable comfort and support. Betty always thought of others before herself. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
A private family visitation and funeral service will be held at the J.E. Foster Funeral Home in Toronto. Rev. Tyler Bayless will officiate and burial will follow in the Island Creek Cemetery in Toronto. A public Memorial Service at the First Presbyterian Church will be planned for later this year.
Betty’s family would like to thank her long-time family physician, Dr. Stephen H. Mascio and his staff for all their care given over the years.
Memorial donations may be directed to: Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) Dept. 4547 Carol Stream, IL 60122-4547 or thru their website www.lcif.org. Condolences may be offered to Betty’s family on our funeral home website www.jefosterfh.com.
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Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF)
Dept. 4547, Carol Stream IL 60122-4547