Rita Teresa Achstetter Coffman, age 93, died on Sunday March 13th in Berlin, MD surrounded by family. She is predeceased by her loving husband of 50 years, Harry Charles Coffman. Born and raised in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Washington, DC she was the daughter of the late Charles George Achstetter and Catherine Berner Achstetter. She was the youngest of twelve children and is the last of this grand legacy to enter God’s Kingdom.
Rita was a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy High School and Georgetown University School of Nursing. She worked as a registered nurse for many years providing care to those in need. In her later years of service, she worked at Randolph Hills Nursing Home in Rockville, MD and later volunteered at Atlantic General Hospital near Ocean Pines, MD, where she and her beloved husband Harry (“Aug”) retired. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who took enormous pride in her family. For those who knew Rita and Harry well, they are aware of their lifetime stewardship as volunteers in the church and extended community.
She is survived by her five children, son Charles and Colleen Coffman of Rockville, MD, daughter Catherine Coffman and Theresa Moody of Ocean Pines, MD, son John and Sheila Coffman of Annapolis, MD, daughter Theresa and Robert Edwards of Arlington, VA, and son Thomas and Linda Coffman of Lincroft, NJ; ten grandchildren, Charles (Holly), Joseph (Mary-Kate), Christine (Robert), Elizabeth, Catherine, James, Caroline (Mac), Thomas, Nicholas, and Michael; seven great-grandchildren, Elisabeth, Christopher, Allison, Mia, Ava, Jude, and Arwynn; and many loving nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, March 18, 2022, at 11:00 AM at The Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus in Rockville, MD. Friends may call from 10:00 to 11:00, prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Silver Spring, MD.
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