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Lucille Coffey, osteopathic physician

Published Oct. 16, 2005

Dr. Lucille M. Coffey, 72, one of the first doctors to establish a private osteopathic practice in St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Feb. 20, 1990) at her residence of cardiac arrest. Dr. Coffey started in practice here in 1943 at 16th Street and Ninth Avenue N and was in that location until 1965 when she moved to Vermont.

She practiced in Vermont until 1973 when she returned to St. Petersburg and opened up an office at Ninth Avenue and 49th Street N.

After she retired from private practice in 1984, Dr. Coffey worked part time for Mahagan Clinic on Fifth Avenue N.

"She was a very kind and caring person that touched so many lives," said her longtime friend, Loretta Warnke. "And was an inspiration to all who knew her."

In 1977, Dr. Coffee became involved in treating some of her patients with Laetrile before Florida banned the substance.

Laetrile is derived from peach and apricot pits and other foods and was useful in controlling cancer according to supporters of the program.

While in private practice she was on the staff of Sun Coast Medical Center and the old Doctor's Hospital.

A native of Three Oaks, Mich., she first came here in 1943, after graduating from Kirksville School of Medicine and was past president of its Alumni Association and a member of the Delta Omega Sorority.

Locally, she was a member of the Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, the American Academy of Osteopathy, and a former member of Sweet Adelines and Zonta club. She also was a member of the Board of Osteopathic Examiners.

Survivors include several cousins.

Friends may call this evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Thomas J. Brett Funeral Home, 4810 Central Ave., where a Recitation of the Rosary is scheduled at 7:30 p.m.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. Friday at Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, with the Rev. Daniel Clements, Celebrant.

Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memory Gardens.