Adeline Lavera Coe

November 25, 1926July 4, 2019

Adeline Lavera Coe, 92 of Bradenton, Florida, passed away on Thursday, July 4, 2019. She was born on November 25, 1926, in Fort Wayne, Indiana to the late Claude and Sadie (Steele) Corts. She was a Captain in the Army National Guard. Adeline went to Ball State University, where she received her Bachelor’s and Master's Degree in Education, Followed by attending Butler University getting her Media Specialist Degree and took additional graduate work at Indiana University in guidance and counseling. She was a teacher at Carroll, Concordia Lutheran and Leo HighSchools. She was a life member of Disabled American Veterans Ladies Auxiliary and served as the State Commander of DAV Auxiliary Department of Indiana in 1992-1993, during that time she received the Distinguished Hoosier award. Adeline also volunteered at the VA Medical Center for several years and in 1977 held the position of DAVA national Publicity Chairman. She was a lifetime member of VFW Kekionga Post 1421 where she started the first VFW Auxiliary in 1979. A member of American Legion Post 24 in Bradenton, Florida, Navy Club USA Ship 245 in New Haven, Indiana, and Marine Corps League in Fort Wayne. She also chartered the first auxiliary for Amvets Post 33 in Fort Wayne where she served as the first President. She is a member of the Allen County Retired Teacher Association and the National Education Association. She is a member of Pi Lambda Theta, having served as its President and been in the organization 50 years. She was also active in Beta Sigma Phi Sorority in Bradenton, Florida, receiving the Silver Circle Award for 25 years in 2002. She was a former member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Surviving her are her children; Jay Whetsel, Merline (William) Jann, Candace (Sam) Terrell, Sharon (Gene) France; 7 stepdaughters; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren. Proceeding her in passing are her first husband, Harold Brumbaugh; second husband, William Whetsel; third husband Glen Smith, and most recent spouse, Richard Coe; brother, Calvin Corts; 3 stepsons; 2 stepdaughters. A Funeral Service will be at 11 am on Monday, July 15, 2019, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church 3705 S. Anthony Blvd. Fort Wayne, Indiana 46806 with visitation one hour prior. Visitation will also be held from 2-5pm & 7-9pm on Sunday, July 14, 2019, at the D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral home Lakeside 1140 Lake Ave. Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805. Memorial contributions to the Trinity Lutheran Church in Bradenton, Florida. Condolences may be left online at



  • Visitation Sunday, July 14, 2019
  • Visitation Sunday, July 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 15, 2019


  • Final Resting, Preferred Memorial


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Lila McClaflin

July 12, 2019

I remember your visits to Kansas when I still lived at home. A special memory of Adeline playing her accordion for us when we came to Indiana when I was young. Adeline had a wonderful life. My deepest sympathy to her family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you all. Aunt Lila

Rose Biggs

July 11, 2019

I was Adeline's secretary, in the library at Carroll High School, for 19 years. I am grateful for what she taught me.

Candy Terrell

July 11, 2019

Your smile always lit up a room, you never knew a stranger and you were a very caring friend to everyone !
You were always on the go and involved in so many things and did so much good for your community! Mom, until we are reunited may you rest In Peace! You were always a Good and Faithful servant!
Your loving daughter, Candy