IN MEMORIAM: The Rev. Margaret Hall Coffey '83


The Rev. Margaret Hall Coffey, Class of 1983, of Little Silver, New Jersey, and Vero Beach, Florida, died November 2, 2014 in the Hospice at Riverview Hospital in Red Bank at the age of 80. Coffey graduated from Wellesley College with a major in Biblical History in 1956, and resumed her education at General where she received her Master of Divinity and then became one of the first women ordained into the Diaconate at Trinity Cathedral, Trenton, New Jersey.

She was instrumental in establishing the chaplaincy program at Monmouth Medical Center where she served as Chaplain Coordinator for several years. She went on to serve as Assistant to the Rector at Christ Church, Middletown, New Jersey, Assistant to the Rector at St. Thomas Church, Red Bank, New Jersey, Interim Pastor at Holy Communion Church, Fair Haven, New Jersey, Vicar of St. Andrews Church in Highlands, New Jersey, and Associate at St. John's Episcopal Church, Little Silver, New Jersey.

An active, civic-minded person, Coffey was the past Vice President of the Junior League of Monmouth County. She was one of the founders, past president and Trustee of HABcore, a residence and rehabilitation facility for the homeless in Monmouth and Ocean counties in New Jersey. HABcore's first home in Red Bank, the John Coffey residence, was established as a memorial to her son.

Upon retiring, Margaret and her husband, Gere, moved to Vero Beach, Florida where she occasionally served as celebrant on the altar of her home church, St. Augustine of Canterbury. She was an active member of the Sea Mist Court Property Owners Association and belonged to The Moorings Yacht and Country Club.

Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Coffey was the daughter of John H. and Mary Hall. She was predeceased by her parents and her son, John G. Coffey. Margaret is survived by her beloved husband of 59 years, Gerald D. Coffey (Gere), and her loving children, Elizabeth Mancuso and her husband Thomas of Red Bank, and William H. Coffey of Little Silver. She is also survived by her cherished grandchildren, Caitlin DeLeonardis (Paul), Colin Cheney (Kerry), Jillian Cheney, Caroline Cheney, Erica Coffey and Lauren Mancuso. Also surviving are her brother, John H. Hall and his wife Lynn of Houston, Texas, and her brother-in-law, Charles A. Coffey and his wife Elizabeth of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

A memorial gathering was held November 7 at the John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank, New Jersey. A Memorial Mass was celebrated November at St. John's Episcopal Church Little Silver, New Jersey. Please visit her memorial website at