Coleman, Kaitlyn Emma

Kaitlyn Emma Coleman, of Farmington, born February 23, 2004, passed on March 15, 2020 at the much too young age of 16. Lovingly known as Katie, Baby Girl, TT Emma, Kitty, Katie Bob, and BoBatie, Kaitlyn “showed up” with her colorful hair, wry sense of humor, dark eyes twinkling and brilliant smile.
Growing up, Katie was a determined child with a lot of spunk, who grew into a fearless teen. She had an intuitive nature and could always sub in for GPS when needed. When she wasn’t being mischievous, she was her mother’s extra appendage and clung to her “B” for comfort, never outgrowing the desire to have her face peppered with kisses.
From a young age, Kaitlyn enjoyed camping with her family, visiting her great-grandmother’s lake cottage in Maine, and dancing in the rain, all while barefoot if she could. She also enjoyed spending time at the Farmington River and cooking at home. A sophomore in high school, Katie loved listening to music, reading, doing hair and makeup, and being with her family and friends.
Katie dreamed of someday getting married at the end of the dock on her favorite lake and traveling the country. Where she saw beauty in the world, her loved ones will continue to see her, and her memory will live on in all their hearts.
She is survived by her parents Melissa and Jeff Coleman of Farmington, her best friend and sister Ashley, her little brother Caleb, grandparents Steve and Nancy Masse of Avon, grandmother Sherri Wells of Farmington, grandparents Steven Coleman of Hallendale Beach, FL, and Regina Coleman of East Hartford, great-grandmother Olida Masse of Unionville, aunt Heather Bourgoin of New Britain, aunt Julie Randino of Vernon, aunt Jennifer Riley of East Hartford, and many, many extended family members and friends who will miss her dearly.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (March 20) from 2:30-5:30pm. The funeral will be held privately with immediate family only. With the Coronavirus, the family understands any apprehension in attending calling hours. We welcome anyone who feels they need to visit for closure but completely understand if you cannot attend.
Kaitlyn battled illness with very few answers the last years of her life, but she is no longer in pain. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you hold your children close. Donations may be made to the American Federation of Suicide Prevention via

Farmington Public Schools sends our deepest condolences to the Coleman and Masse families. Unfortunately, due to the restrictions brought on by COVID-19, school personnel are unable to attend this afternoon’s service. Please know, we are here to support all students and families affected by this loss. If you would like to schedule an appointment for counseling or mental health support, please reach out to FPS Social Worker, Ms. Katie Carntnick. In the event of a mental health emergency, please call 211 or 911. Ms. Cartnick will be checking her email throughout the weekend and beyond. Please contact:


Calling Hours

Friday, March 20, 2020 from 2:30-5:30pm

Funeral Service



Memorial Contribution

American Federation of Suicide Prevention via

16 Responses to 'Coleman, Kaitlyn Emma'

  1. Sarah Ashton says:

    My deepest sympathy goes out to you Melissa, Jeff, Ashley, and Caleb. Katie was a beautiful and kind young lady and I know she brought you all so much joy. I am so sorry the virus kept me from your service and saying goodbye. All my love to your family during the difficult time.

  2. Mary Beth Clark says:

    Melissa, Jeff and family,
    Please accept our heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your beautiful Kaitlyn. We pray that God will comfort you and hold you all in the palm of His hands in the days ahead

    Love, Mary Beth and Bob Clark
    Jon,Kevin and Cara Clark

  3. I will never forget the day I met Katie.

    Melissa had recently started working at the Poison Control Center and was assigned to the 3-11 pm weekend shifts with me. I always looked forward to hearing about all the wonderful things she and her daughters had accomplished in the hours before our shift. Baking, arts & crafts, scrapbooking – there was always a fun activity happening in their household. It wasn’t unusual for Melissa to show up wearing a piece of jewelry the girls made for her that morning.

    This particular day was Melissa’s day off. I’m sure she had a million things to do, but instead, she brought Ashley (4 years old) and Katie (2 years old) to the Poison Control Center. I distinctly remember Melissa walking through the door with the girls in tow, like a mother goose with her ducklings. Ashley ran over to me, handed me a bag of her own candy (I think Halloween) and gave me a huge hug. Katie ran to my boss, Buddy, and did the same. Buddy and I smiled at each other and knew Melissa was raising very special little girls. This was just one of the many memories I have of Ashley and Katie. Throughout the years, they have never lost that kindheartedness and love shown at such a young age.

    Please know that we love you, are thinking of your family and sincerely hoping that time and warm memories will help to ease your sadness.

  4. Amy Endler says:

    Melissa, Jeff, Ashley, and Caleb – Your entire family has been, and will continue to be, in my thoughts and prayers. My sincerest sympathy to you all at this difficult time.

  5. Josiane Alexandre says:

    Melissa, Im so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God give you all the necessary strength and courage to endure during this difficult time. God bless you all.

  6. Kevin Thompson says:

    Sending love and prayers your way guys. Words are failing me right now but just know that I’m thinking of you and wishing you strength right now. Love, KT

  7. Sharon and Mark Peterson says:

    Melissa, Jeff, Ashley, Caleb, Nancy and Steve and the rest of your large family, we are so sorry to hear about your loss of sweet Katie. We can’t even begin to understand your grief. We Need you to know that we are praying for you. We will forever remember her giggle and her beautiful eyes. Your angel will always be with you may she and God get you through this. God bless you all! Love Mark & Sharon

  8. Dale perry says:

    Prayers up for all the family and friends of this precious young lady. Your pain is felt by many. Mathew has lost a very good friend. His life was richer knowing her. May peace and comfort grace this family 💕🙏🙏

  9. Meghan Glanovsky says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. It was my pleasure to have taught Kaitlyn briefly at Farmington High School. She was a wonderful girl. I will be thinking of your family.

  10. Sue DeGennaro says:

    Melissa, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Sue DeGennaro

  11. michele bowden says:

    Melissa, Jeff ,Ashley, Caleb, and extended family,
    There are no words that would be adequate.
    will always have the picture in my mind of seeing her march into the mall in full princess regalia ,looking, royal, cool, calm , comfortable, every bit the bright star she was indeed.
    all our love,
    Michele and Rich Bowden

  12. Lisa Loya Durant says:

    I did not know Kaitlyn. But your loss struck me deeply, and I just want to express my sorrow and join it with yours. I’m sure she is in the arms of our Precious Savior.

  13. Vienna Groom says:

    Deep condolences to you Jeff & Melissa as well as the kids and the rest of your immediate family. I could only imagine the pain you’re feeling as my daughter is only a year younger. May God give you the strength and love through this difficult time. Deep Condolences. -Love, Vienna

  14. Theresa Masse says:

    So extremely sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts are with you, Jeff, Ashely and Caleb.
    Sending you much love from the West Coast,
    Theresa and Mia

  15. Catherine Jahne says:

    Melissa, Jeff, Ashley, & Caleb,

    There are no words to convey my sorrow and sympathy over Katie’s death. She was a such a fun, spunky little girl with a sparkle in her eyes. I will always remember her and Ashley answering the phones at the PCC and Buddy giving them rides in the chair. She was truly a special little girl. The world lost a beautiful angel.
    I am praying for God to give your strength and courage at this time and to continue to support and carry you in the days to
    follow. Sending you prayers of peace and love.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Catherine Jahne

  16. Cecile Masse says:

    Melissa,Jeff and family you are all in our prayers as we heard the news of Kaitlyn. Our deepest condolences and may God give you the strength and love that you need in this time. God bless you all. Love Cecile Masse & Elizabeth Bronson

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