Barbara J. Coggins, 1937-2016

Published 7:01 am Sunday, April 17, 2016



Barbara J. Coggins, a longtime resident of Valparaiso, Florida, passed away on Friday, April 8, 2016.

She was born on Sept. 6, 1937, in Austin, Minnesota, to Robert and Albina Auer. She had three brothers, Bob Auer and wife Thelma; Dick Auer and wife Cathy; and Mike Auer and wife Jean; who still reside in Minnesota.

Barb, as she was known by her friends and family, moved around the world as the former spouse of an Army officer and was the loving mother of three children, Andy Coggins and wife Debbie; Christy Walker and husband P.J.; and David Coggins; as well as two grandchildren Jordan Coggins and Kristan Coggins.

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The loving compassion and devotion of Barbara’s neighbors, Sue and Chuck Hartness, and the caregivers at The Manor in Niceville, Florida, mean more to the family than words can express.

She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

You may go online to offer condolences to the family and share memories of Barb at

Memorialization will be by cremation and she will be laid to rest in Austin, Minnesota. In celebration of her life, donations may be made to Barb’s favorite charity: St Jude Children’s Hospital (accessible at the online memorial above).