In New Haven, March 17, 2006, Kathleen Coffey Mitchell, 70, of 136 Lombard St., New Haven, died Friday at the Hospital of St. Raphael. She was the wife of Thomas P. Mitchell. She was born June 23, 1935 in New Haven the daughter of the late John and Mary Granfield Coffey. She had worked as a Deputy Clerk for the U.S. District Court until her retirement in 1998. She was a member of the Irish American Community Center. Besides her husband, she is survived by a brother, John Coffey of Stonington, CT, a sister, Joan Weiscopf of Kapolie, HI, a brother-in-law, William Mitchell and his wife, Eleanor Mitchell of North Haven, two sisters and brothers-in-law, Regina and Robert Vitalli of North Haven, Patricia and George Owler of North Haven and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Edmond Ccffey. Funeral Service Wednesday, March 22, 2006 at 9 a.m. from BEECHER & BENNETT Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden . A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Cabrini Church, North Haven. Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in St. Lawrence Cemetery.

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  1. Dear Mr. Mitchell and Family, Please accept my sincere condolences. I worked with Kathleen in the New Haven Clerk’s office for 9 years. I enjoyed her company very much. She was loved by everyone. I am the Chief Deputy in Washington, DC now, but I think of my Connecticut Court family often. They help me to keep in touch and they let me know about Kathleen’s passing, which I very much appreciated. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Robin Tabora

  2. Farewell to a dear friend. Kathleen was such a compassionate listener. She was everyone’s friend. We all loved her so much and we will miss her. She brightened up many lives in the Clerk’s Office in New Haven. She was also a great Irish Woman!

  3. Kathleen and I became close friends many years ago when we both worked in the Clerk’s Office. She helped me through many stressful days there and I will always appreciate her guidance and support. Kathleen, thank you for your friendship; for the (Irish) twinkle in your eye; and above all, your laughter.

  4. Kathleen was a great person, I worked with her for a number of years and she .showed me the ropes. when I was first employed at the District Court, for that I will always be grateful. Kathleen always had a smile and a friendly, open manner, she will be missed by many. Sincerely, Chrystine Cody

  5. Kathleen was like a second mother to me when I moved to New Haven 27 years ago. Whenever I was having a difficult time, personally or professionally, she always had wonderful .pearls of wisdom. to pass along. I believe a large part of that was her Irish view of life. Her sense of humor was surpassed by none. It is so sad that she passed away on St. Patrick’s day, but so appropriate. She, like me, embraced her Irish heritage. May God bless her. There truly is a special place in heaven for her. Dennis P. Iavarone Greensboro, North Carolina

  6. So sorry. Miss her at work. She was always happy and no matter what got you down, she would always make you feel better. She would walk around and come up to you and give you a gentle massage on the shoulders. Had a wonderful sense of humor and never spoke badly about anyone.

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