Virginia "Jean" Mildred Curtis Coughlin, age 95, passed away peacefully Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at her daughter's home in Warren, Pa. She lived the last five years of her life in the homes of her two daughters.
She was born in Newark, NJ, on Oct. 11, 1917, a daughter of the late Harold I. Curtis and Florence Schultz. When she was 5 years old, her mother died in childbirth. She was raised by her father and stepmother, Olga Hedlund Curtis, in Berkeley Heights, NJ. Jean graduated in 1935 from Summit High School in New Jersey. She worked as a secretary for a local law firm before marrying Thomas Francis Coughlin of Brooklyn, NY, on July 24, 1948. Jean and Tom had met when their families spent a summer in the Adirondacks. They drifted apart for 15 years before finding each other again and marrying within months.
Together, they raised five children. In 1961, the family moved to Lindenhurst, Long Island. Jean was a homemaker until the children were all in junior and senior high school. She then went to work for the Lindenhurst School system until retiring in 1976.
In 1977, Jean and Tom moved to Jamestown, N.Y., to be closer to their daughter. They welcomed the first of five grandchildren in 1978.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 50 years on March 3, 1998; her youngest son, David, who died in an accidental drowning near his home in Florida on Feb. 14, 2008; two sisters: Caroline DeFreitas and Florence Curwen; and two brothers: Harold (Haxie) Curtis and Robert (Bobby) Curtis.
She is survived by four of her five children: Thomas (Tom) Coughlin Jr. and his companion, Louann Phillips, of Jamestown, N.Y.; Margaret (Burt) Nicklas of Warren, Pa.; Michael Coughlin of Sanford, Fla.; Susan (George) Lamb of Boyertown, Pa.; a daughterinlaw, Marilyn Coughlin of Ellenton, Fla.; five grandchildren: Susan Oneto and her companion, Adam Granofsky, of Philadelphia, Pa.; Allison (Michael) Shenberger of Walled Lake, Mich.; David (Brenna) Coughlin of Ellenton, Fla.; Brian Coughlin of Ellenton, Fla.; and Marilla Lamb of Flagstaff, Ariz.; two greatgrandchildren: Riley Morgan Shenberger and Tristan Eli Shenberger of Walled Lake, Mich.; one sister, Marie (William) Brander of Chester, NH; one sisterinlaw, Patricia Coughlin of Poughkeepsie, NY; and brotherinlaw Horace ("Red") (Caroline) DeFreitas; many nieces and nephews; and Jean's devoted caregiver for the last year and a half, Mary Anne Craft Wolford.
Family and friends will be received on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, from 12 p.m. at the Migliore Funeral Home and are invited to attend a memorial service there at 2 p.m. with Chaplain Sam Shreffler of Heritage Village Ministries officiating. A private burial service will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at the Weiler Cemetery on Follet Run Road in Warren, Pa.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Warren County or to Paws Along the River (formerly the Warren County Humane Society).