A life well lived and beloved is what Raye Coffey achieved before passing away in the presence of her children at UPMC Magee-Women’s Hospital on Oct. 12, 2021.
She would so often hear “Where do I know you from?” Was it her resemblance to Elizabeth Taylor? Her time as a volunteer at Forbes Hospital? More than likely, it was as the food demonstrator for 24 years at McGinnis Sisters in Monroeville. For decades, she prepared kielbasa, pasta, kugel, cheese spreads and every manner of specialty food for her legions of devoted customers, many of whom became long-time friends. She was truly in her element at home and at work combining her two passions: kibbitzing and cooking. She was equally fantastic in both.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 66 glorious years, Harry; her children, Ivy, Mark (Mindy) and Hal (Erica); her four grandchildren, Oliver, Carlin, Zachary and Eli; and her two granddogs, Stella and Turbo.
Raye was born and raised in South Oakland to the late Ike and Dorothy Friedken. She graduated from Schenley High School.
Services will be held at noon Oct. 14 at Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Ave. in Pittsburgh. Visitation one hour prior to service, from 11 a.m. to noon. Interment Beth Shalom Cemetery.
The family will be holding shiva from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at the residence of Hal and Erica Coffey. The family asks that masks be worn inside the home.
Contributions may be made in her blessed memory to Rodef Shalom Congregation or the JFCS Squirrel Hill Food Pantry. schugar.com