Celeste Fortin Coleman, 90, history buff who enjoyed lifelong passion for Colonial Williamsburg

Celeste Fortin Coleman
Celeste Fortin Coleman

Celeste Fortin Coleman, 90, passed away Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Born and raised in New London, Connecticut, she was of French Canadian ancestry and was a graduate of William Memorial Institute of New London, Connecticut.

Celeste was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, John F. Coleman of Brooklyn, New York. After their marriage, she became a Navy wife, moving her family numerous times, including several years in the Panama Canal Zone. After her husband’s retirement from the Navy, they settled in Annapolis, Maryland.

Celeste was friends with everyone she met, had an outgoing personality, and was a loving and affectionate mother and grandmother. She worked outside the home in a variety of jobs, including hairdresser, caterer, interior decoration and retail. She loved to cook and entertain, and an Italian dinner at her house was a feast for all who were fortunate to attend. She had an extensive collection of over 300 cookbooks. She had a lifelong passion for Colonial Williamsburg and its associated history. She loved to travel, having made several trips to England and France.

Celeste is survived by her three children, Colleen Wall, and her husband, Allan Wall, Sheila Coleman and Christopher Coleman, all of Virginia Beach; grandchildren, Katie Wall Corn and Andrew Wall; and great-granddaughter, Harper Louise Corn.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a Dementia/Alzheimer’s association of your choice.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, at Old Donation Episcopal Church, Virginia Beach 4449 N. Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach.

Share online condolences with the family at Cremation Society of Virginia.

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