Deborah Woodman Coleman

1955 - 2022

Age - 66


Deborah Coleman (born Deborah Ruth Woodman) died in Cambridge, MA, on August 23, 2022, attended by her loving sister Jane.

Born in New Delhi, India, to foreign service parents, Deborah adapted with zest to life in different corners of the globe. She graduated from Kearsarge Regional High School, Sutton, NH.

A popular Massachusetts state employee, she had a special talent for making and keeping friends. She faced challenges with a warrior’s spirit and in her final days taught all those around her lessons of love and strength and courage.

A loyal fan of Boston sports teams, she spent her last moments with the sound of a Bruins game in the background. They truly saw her home.

Deborah leaves behind her devoted husband of thirty years, Walter Coleman, her three sisters Jane Woodman Cohen, Betsy Woodman, and Lee Woodman, her sister-in-law Diane Coleman, her long-term friend Cindy Siegel, her family of friends at the John F. Kennedy Apartments, Cambridge, especially manager Sandi Corneau, and her nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Cambridge Alliance/PACE and the Cambridge Hospital gave her sensitive and tender care. The family is also grateful to Jewish Family Services for their wonderful support over the years.

A wake was held on Monday, August 29, 2022, from 4 to 7 pm at the Rogers Funeral Home, 380 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02141.

A memorial service will be held at the John F. Kennedy Apartments, 55 Essex St., Cambridge, MA 02139-2617 on November 5, 2022, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to any of the following in Deborah’s memory:

Epilepsy Foundation:

Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation:

Cambridge Health Alliance/PACE:


To show appreciation of employees of John F. Kennedy Apartments, please send a check made out to JFK Activity Fund to Sandi Corneau, Property Manager, John F. Kennedy Apartments, 55 Essex St., Cambridge, MA 02139-2617.