Ross Coulson, 92, well-known Ephrata area educator, dies Ross H. Coulson

By on August 10, 2011

Ross H. Coulson, 92, of Brethren Village, Lancaster, formerly of Akron, passed away peacefully Saturday, Aug, 6, 2011.

He was born in Hanover to Levi J. and Bertha (Houck) Coulson on May 3, 1919. For 69 years he was the loving husband of Mary (Myer) Coulson.

A graduate of Eichelberger/Hanover High School, he went on to attend Elizabethtown College and earned a degree in elementary education in 1941. Later he added a master’s degree from Millersville University in elementary school counseling. As a conscientious objector he served his country in civilian public service for four years. He then had a career of 35 years in public education serving as an elementary classroom teacher, principal and guidance counselor for the Ephrata School District prior to his retirement. He was a member of the Lititz Church of the Brethren.

Ross had many interests throughout his life. These included traveling; camping; and playing cards, chess, tennis, baseball and golf. He had a real passion for collecting and sharing seashells with civic groups, schools, churches and libraries. He was a member of the Central Penn Shell Club. Ross will be remembered for his contributions to education and his enduring commitment to peace and forgiveness.

He is survived by his youngest brother: Max; his three daughters: Margaret, wife of Phillip Graceffa; Judith Turzi; and Beth, wife of Gary Metzger; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother.

A memorial service will be held on Aug. 12 at 11 a.m. at the Lititz Church of the Brethren Chapel, with Pastors Robert Kettering and Stephen Hess officiating. Interment is at the discretion of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Emergency Disaster Fund of the Church of the Brethren, care of Lititz Church of the Brethren, 300 W. Orange St., Lititz, PA 17543.

Arrangements are being made by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at More COULSON, page A15

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